Sapphire HD4870 512mb DDR5

Introduction

Introduction
For too long now ATI have been playing second fiddle to their arch rival, NVidia. The ATI cards recently, while being very good cards in their own right, have not had quite the impact ATI would have liked and more often that not have fallen short of the high standard NVidia were setting. When Advanced Micro Devices (AMD to you and I) requisitioned ATI, the enthusiast market was buzzing with talk that ATI could make it back to the heyday of reproducing revolutionary graphics cards such as the magnificent 9800 Pro, which stomped on anything NVidia could muster. Sadly we have had to wait some time, with ATI instead targeting the mid-range sector instead of the ultra high end. Times, as always, change and although still not exactly the dominating force they once were, AMD/ATI have made significant advances with the 3000 series of GPU's and more recently the 4000 series. More importantly, these series of cards didn't need a Platinum credit card to own nor were they significantly lower performing than their NVidia counterpart despite being more quite alot cheaper.
 
So then, to the pinnacle of the current cards available in the 4000 series, the HD4870 512mb DDR5 version from Sapphire. Being a top tier ATI partner, Sapphire are usually one of the first manufacturers to release the latest GPU's from ATI and so it was no different with the HD4870. With a Terascale graphics engine, GDDR5 memory, coupled with a 256bit memory interface, the HD4870 was set to take the GPU world by storm raising the bar for not only the mid/high end market but also snapping at the heels of the Ultra high end sector, namely the 9800GX2 and GTX280 cards from NVidia. Add to that, the possibility to run Crossfire and indeed CrossfireX (790FX motherboard required for quadfire) as well as the capability to run 24x custom filter anti-aliasing and support for DirectX10.1 and ATI have seemingly pulled out all the stops to release a flagship card with all the latest technologies on offer.
 
So it's all good news... or is it? Too many times have we been promised so much by that latest release which ultimately failed to live up to those promises, more often than not falling flat on its silicon. There was no doubting the 3870(x2) series were fantastic cards but the Achilles heal was their inability to deliver AA/AF at any significant level without the cards grinding to a halt, especially at higher resolutions. So can the HD4870 finally deliver on its promises? Can it actually out pace NVidias finest? Surely that would be a massive blow to NVidia, prompting them to once again step up to the plate and give the tech guys a kick up the rear they so need, as in my humble opinion, NVidia have sat on the laurels for far too long, basking in the glory of the 8800GTX. Let's find out of the ATI underdog can upset the record books and punch above its price tag...
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Most Recent Comments

01-08-2008, 16:50:04

w3bbo
"We take the Sapphire HD4870 512mb GDDR5 for a ride and pitch it up against its nearest rivals. in the latest review of ATI's flagship model."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...214806338s.jpg

Read all about it HERE

01-08-2008, 19:01:11

Hassan
Did u review that? Coz it was damn good!

However I thought that the 4870 was meant to outperform the gtx280

01-08-2008, 19:16:09

Bungral
Naaaaa man it matches the 260 mostly.

Obviously varies on the odd game.

01-08-2008, 19:53:40

Brooksie
Good review, seems like a good card, nice to see it still performing well at high res and AA, as you said in the review it didn't cripple as the 3870 did.

02-08-2008, 04:21:19

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Hassan'
Did u review that? Coz it was damn good!

However I thought that the 4870 was meant to outperform the gtx280
Webbo's been reviewing for a while

Nice review once again, Looks like a damn nice card.

02-08-2008, 08:27:58

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Hassan'
Did u review that? Coz it was damn good!

However I thought that the 4870 was meant to outperform the gtx280
Cheers m8. Sadly the 4870 can't really hold a candle to the GTX280 - leave that to the 4870x2 .

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Brooksie'
Good review, seems like a good card, nice to see it still performing well at high res and AA, as you said in the review it didn't cripple as the 3870 did.
that was one aspect of the card I found to be great - I half expected the card to perform very well but die once AA was applied, I was pleased to be proven wrong.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
Webbo's been reviewing for a while

Nice review once again, Looks like a damn nice card.
Cheers m8.

02-08-2008, 08:42:47

Hassan
So the big question is what will you people buy?

The nVidia or the ATi

02-08-2008, 20:54:27

pafk0o
At this moment we want to have nvidia but we will buy ATI, 3 reasons for it : cheap price , good performance and stability.First and last one is what nvidia must work on ;] at least last one cause i dont think that nvidias cards will be at same price as ATI ever

I know that i`m mouning from few weeks about nvidias product but i have a major problem with my system going on SLI(or even without), after googling a bit and going thru different forums i have found many,many other ppl having same or similiar issues.

Sad but true.

03-08-2008, 13:22:38

w3bbo
I don't normally have a preference but NVidia, I usually go with whats best at the time which normally means NVidia. ATI however, are catching up pretty fast.
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