ASUS HD 4870 X2 (EAH4870X2) 2GB PCI-E

Introduction & Specifications

Introduction & Specification
 
ASUS EAH4870X2Generally for a new GPU release we'd go full out on an introduction, spending lots of time talking about the card, its features, some of its predecessors etc etc. But now, a few weeks after the official release of the 4870X2, we are going to assume that you've pretty much gained a degree in the card having read all the ins and outs of its architecture and just want to get straight down to the nitty gritty results.
 
Of course, to sum things up for those of us who may not have been following the launch of AMD's latest and greatest, the 4870X2 is essentially two RV770 (HD 4870) GPU's slapped on a single PCB and coupled with a rather tasty 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Designed to lock horns with NVIDIA's current  flagship card - the GTX280, the 4870X2 may be lacking some of the finesse of a single GPU solution - but will it get the job done?
 
Today we're going to be looking at the ASUS EAH4870X2 and placing it head-to-head with a reference NVIDIA GTX280 in both the performance and price stakes. However, before we get down to the good stuff, let's take a quick look at the specs of the card from ASUS' recent PR release: 
 
Specs
"Graphics cards with high performance and exceptional speeds are never far from the gamer’s mind. That is why ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the graphical solution for the latest generation of AMD dual RV770XT GPUs – the ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G – equipped with double GPUs and a massive 2G of on-board memory. Additionally, the ASUS EAH4870X2 TOP will be released soon with impressive performance results to provide superb gaming performance; and both the ASUS EAH4870X2 TOP/HTDI/2G and EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G are slated to be upgraded soon – with both cards being equipped with a specially designed fansink for efficient heat dissipation.
 
In line with the Rock Solid promise of high quality from ASUS, the second versions of the EAH4870X2 Series will come with several solutions to provide top quality graphic performances. These upgraded graphics cards will utilize a specially designed fansink to effectively dissipate heat away from both GPUs – enabling much more stable performances in comparison to reference designed single fansinks*. In addition, they will also be equipped with an EMI shield, which reduces EMI Interference by 66% for more stable signals; and DIP Spring Chokes will lower temperatures by 5~10°C in comparison to traditional Toroidal Coil Chokes. Furthermore, the LF PAK MOS guarantees more efficient power and less heat production; and on top of all this, Japan-made polymer capacitors will lower power loss for more stable operations. "
 
 
 
So there we have it! Now let's press on with the review..
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19-08-2008, 08:46:04

JN
"Today we take a look at AMD's latest and greatest GPU and place it head-to-head with an NVIDIA GTX280."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...130422940s.jpg

ASUS HD 4870 X2 (EAH4870X2) 2GB PCI-E

19-08-2008, 09:04:10

darkorb
Great review!

Monster card!

I want, but dont need

19-08-2008, 09:12:20

!TIMMY!
Great review Jim, and good to see that AMD are continuing with the good price performance ratio.

19-08-2008, 09:26:00

Hassan
nVidia u can kiss my @$$

19-08-2008, 09:41:13

tinytomlogan
Tis an awesoome card, wonder what difference the extra cross bridge will make when enabled in the drivers.

They ahve to have a good reason for holding back 10gbps worth of bandwith direct between the two gpus

19-08-2008, 10:47:17

Mr. Smith
Would have been nice to include the gx2 too, that way my decision making would have been easier lol.

Sweet review mate, glad you updated the testbed and went with the QX, whoever suggested that is clearly awesome

I get paid in 11 days; I'm toying with one of these, a velociraptor and an e8600 and a 50" samsung series 6

19-08-2008, 11:20:18

anklebiter
Great stuff, I am feeling a little less smug about my purchase.

I wonder how Sli Gtx280s would do in comparison, despite costing the earth, do they dominate?

We shall see :P

19-08-2008, 11:53:20

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Would have been nice to include the gx2 too, that way my decision making would have been easier lol.
Yeah I would have liked to include it. Unfortunately a certain company are making it REALLY hard to get hold of samples of their cards at the moment. Especially certain high performing ones.

In all honesty tho, the GTX280 and GX2 were pretty much on even ground in most benchmarks. The 4870X2 however, suitably blows the GTX280 away. So i think its fairly safe to say the GX2 wouldn't stand much of a chance either.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

Sweet review mate, glad you updated the testbed and went with the QX, whoever suggested that is clearly awesome
Taa. Was hoping the QX @ 3.8 would make u happy. Turns out we've got quite a http://forum.overclock3d.net/oc3d/smilies/cussing.gifhttp://forum.overclock3d.net/oc3d/smilies/cussing.gifhttp://forum.overclock3d.net/oc3d/smilies/cussing.gifhttp://forum.overclock3d.net/oc3d/smilies/cussing.gifter here as it needed 1.45v to get there

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

I get paid in 11 days; I'm toying with one of these, a velociraptor and an e8600 and a 50" samsung series 6
Wasnt you going to buy a console or something?

19-08-2008, 11:59:19

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='anklebiter'
Great stuff, I am feeling a little less smug about my purchase.

I wonder how Sli Gtx280s would do in comparison, despite costing the earth, do they dominate?

We shall see :P
Sli'd 280s don't dominate the X2... From what I've seen it's a bit of a mixed bag depending on the game.

I reckon it's only a matter of days before I give up on waiting for prices to drop and just spanking the Gigabyte card.

19-08-2008, 12:10:17

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'

-Yeah I would have liked to include it. Unfortunately a certain company are making it REALLY hard to get hold of samples of their cards at the moment. Especially certain high performing ones.

In all honesty tho, the GTX280 and GX2 were pretty much on even ground in most benchmarks. The 4870X2 however, suitably blows the GTX280 away. So i think its fairly safe to say the GX2 wouldn't stand much of a chance either.

-Taa. Was hoping the QX @ 3.8 would make u happy. Turns out we've got quite a http://forum.overclock3d.net/oc3d/smilies/cussing.gifhttp://forum.overclock3d.net/oc3d/smilies/cussing.gifhttp://forum.overclock3d.net/oc3d/smilies/cussing.gifhttp://forum.overclock3d.net/oc3d/smilies/cussing.gifter here as it needed 1.45v to get there

-Wasnt you going to buy a console or something?
-Good point re the gx2, clearly the x2 is a winner. I keep reading references by rjjwilson(?) about the 280 killing dx11 and the x2 bumming out???

-3.8ghz is quite low for the qx; sucks you have a dog but the higher mhz and better archtecture remove the cpu bottleneck

-Weren't you going to build an orange pc with turbo fans, or was it a phase cooled black ice or was it some other oc3d turbo pc with gx2 sli'd? lol.

I get frustrated with my toys, so I channel my energy into other interests for a bit. I'm currently enjoying my latest interest (camera/gf combo Home made vids ftw )

19-08-2008, 12:14:13

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

-Weren't you going to build an orange pc with turbo fans, or was it a phase cooled black ice or was it some other oc3d turbo pc with gx2 sli'd? lol.
Shuddit.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

I get frustrated with my toys, so I channel my energy into other interests for a bit. I'm currently enjoying my latest interest (camera/gf combo Home made vids ftw )
So where do i find you on redtube then?

19-08-2008, 12:33:44

Brooksie
haha dirty man

great review, i'm liking the new fps comparsion flash thing.

19-08-2008, 13:15:05

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Brooksie'

great review, i'm liking the new fps comparsion flash thing.
Good stuff. I wanted to test it out on a few reviews and see what people think. It makes things a little more interesting than flat images and eventually I'm hping to get some more interactivity in there

19-08-2008, 13:50:07

w3bbo
Another fine review m8.

I'm still not sold on the line graphs tho

19-08-2008, 17:41:55

Thanh55
Great review Jim, made me wonder my GFX order now, GTX 280 or this monster...

19-08-2008, 19:42:02

FarFarAway
Always knew this would dominate this gen

If you're an idiot enough to think that SLI/Crossfire is a worthy upgrade of course

Seriously it's a nice card but until a single GPU model can push those kind of figures my 8800GTX will be staying right where it is.

19-08-2008, 20:17:18

Bungral
Idiot??

I'm pushing a bloody GTO at the moment!! I'd say it's worthy!

20-08-2008, 05:58:46

anklebiter
ouch put away the claws people! hehe anyway I have to say Sli has the cool factor that all you single GPU owners just dont have. Thats why ur a bit bitter...

muhahhaha

Regards

Ollie

20-08-2008, 07:37:43

Rastalovich
Swish review, with some swish effects

Any1 play at 1280x1024 with a 8xxx+/3xxx+ series card anymore ? *cough* 1680x1050 *cough*

20-08-2008, 09:21:18

Zoot
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
If you're an idiot enough to think that SLI/Crossfire is a worthy upgrade of course

Seriously it's a nice card but until a single GPU model can push those kind of figures my 8800GTX will be staying right where it is.
X2 on that. I never really got the whole multi-GPU thing...

My 8800GTS is performing solidly at 1600X1200 atm. I was initially eying the HD4870 but, why get a new graphics card when your current one does you fine.

20-08-2008, 09:33:58

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
So where do i find you on redtube then?
http://www.redtube.com/This-guy-is-part-horse

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Good stuff. I wanted to test it out on a few reviews and see what people think. It makes things a little more interesting than flat images and eventually I'm hping to get some more interactivity in there
I did mean to comment on them, I like them but they seem stolen from another site, as does the cost/fps... They make the site better so who cares!

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Thanh55'
Great review Jim, made me wonder my GFX order now, GTX 280 or this monster...
Clearly the X2

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Always knew this would dominate this gen

If you're an idiot enough to think that SLI/Crossfire is a worthy upgrade of course

Seriously it's a nice card but until a single GPU model can push those kind of figures my 8800GTX will be staying right where it is.
People still use 88GTX?

I hear what you are saying re single card monster and I totally agree but untl that happens I'll be getting something worthy like this...

20-08-2008, 09:43:40

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
I did think those toenails looked more like hoofs.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

I did mean to comment on them, I like them but they seem stolen from another site, as does the cost/fps... They make the site better so who cares!
Its actually a bit of software you can buy over the web that generates them, so it's more than likely lots of places are using it tbh.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

People still use 88GTX?

I hear what you are saying re single card monster and I totally agree but untl that happens I'll be getting something worthy like this...
Personally I'll take whatever kicks ass and kills the hostages...even if its got 20 GPU's, requires a dedicated pipe from the national grid and needs to be run in a large shed in your garden. But meh thats just me

20-08-2008, 09:56:22

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
I did think those toenails looked more like hoofs.

Its actually a bit of software you can buy over the web that generates them, so it's more than likely lots of places are using it tbh.

Personally I'll take whatever kicks ass and kills the hostages...even if its got 20 GPU's, requires a dedicated pipe from the national grid and needs to be run in a large shed in your garden. But meh thats just me
LOL - I was expecting some reference to a long face or a tail...

Either way the graphs are nice so thats all that matters!

Y'know me, I always end up buying the good stuff even if my intentions are to wait it out, the only reason I didn't get the 280 was because the gx2 bettered/equalled the 280's performance.

The X2 is on my list... I just need some games to play!

20-08-2008, 09:59:46

Rastalovich
In what department is ur 9800GX2 lacking in atm ?

Having said that u want to get a kick ass screen dont u.

20-08-2008, 10:11:16

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

The X2 is on my list... I just need some games to play!
I'm actually starting to get quite good with GRID on the keyboard (after running through the same track about 50 times over the weekend when benchmarking). With everything totally maxxed it _almost_ gives the x2 something to chew on.

20-08-2008, 22:10:47

pafk0o
There was a TV show called Monster Garage, i think this card is one of their products ;]

AAAAAAAAAAmaiiiizzzzziiiiiing performance and look ;]

05-09-2008, 12:50:36

usman.zx10
ATI is back!

wow i want this! but totally unnessary..

im gonna be picking up a 2nd 4850

05-09-2008, 18:13:45

Ghosthud1
talk about a beast and ati have gone black, not racist or out but ati shud stick to the red
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