Sapphire HD4870 512mb DDR5

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
After reviewing an HD4870 previously, we were fairly sure that the Sapphire card would give us the similar results, being that, in effect, it is the same card. Sure enough, the Sapphire HD4870 didn't disappoint giving nigh identical results to the previous HD4870 we reviewed, as well as almost matching and at times beating the GTX260 in every benchmark we threw at it. Because of this, we didn't quite get the WOW factor that we had with the previous review. Obviously this is not a fault of the Sapphire version, far from it  as not only did it match the previous HD4870, it served to emphasize the tremendous improvements ATI have put in place with the 4000 series of GPU's compared to their NVidia counterparts. While the GTX280 still has the performance advantage the HD4870 costs a fraction of the amount and on occasion even beats the 280's sibling, the GTX260, which again is more expensive. Bang per buck the only card that can touch it at the time of writing this review is the HD4850, however, the faster HD4870 is still an extraordinary buy and the card I would choose at this price point. The Sapphire HD4870 is without doubt one of the fastest cards out there and for the price it is in a league of it's own.
 
Deciding on one card over the other is a very difficult affair as both have plus and minus points. Support for both cards is great so there is little to differentiate there. The PowerColor card has the superior packaging but the Sapphire has the better accessories, however those accessories do come at a little extra cost.. If the Sapphire had much improved packaging and could throw in the accessories with no extra cost then the decision would become a no brainer. Therefore, I guess it would come down to how much you value the bundled software and the temptation of the 2GB Flash drive. Considering flash drives of this size and quality can be bought for under £10 these days, the price of both cards can be leveled out. The websites of both manufacturers are both easy to navigate and both offer a 2 year warranty with their products. So what else is there to compare, the sticker? I think I'll leave that one for you to decide.
 
 
The Good
- Performance equalling that of the GTX260
- Amazing Bang per Buck.
- Overclocks for fun
 
The Mediocre
- Random bursts of fan speeds are not for the faint hearted!
- Noisy fan on full load
 
The Bad
- The packaging. While not enough to put me off buying the product, is something Sapphire need to improve upon.
 
 
Overclock3D Recommended Award Overclock3D Value For Money Award
 
Thanks to Sapphire for sending the HD4870 for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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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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