XFX ATI 4000 Series Round Up






In times gone by, if XFX were a stick of rock and you cut them in half, no doubt they would once have had Nvidia written through the middle. Times however, change and with the ever increasing competition in the GPU market. XFX have decided to sell cards from a company who are traditionally a major rival, ATI. Despite making business sense, it is still somewhat of a surprise that XFX, such a pillar of strength for Nvidia have decided to sell cards of Nvidia's most hated rival - ATI. While XFX's market share is certainly not the highest, the XFX brand is very popular among enthusiasts, due in part to the overclocked editions XFX are synominous with.

"JUDAS!" scream Nvidia. Well not quite. XFX still intend on selling Nvidia GPU's and with Nvidia's GPU market share of standalone GPU's being around the 60% mark who can blame them. What XFX are attempting to do is tap into the 40% or thereabouts remaining. XFX are still adament that their partnership with Nvidia is as strong as it ever was and now they have the marketing power to meet the demands of the enthuiast regardless of your preference to the red or green team.

This collaboration has produced a new range of graphics cards and the ones I will be looking at today are the overclocked XXX editions of the budget 4850, the 4870, the latest release 4890 and the stock clocked but mighty 4870x2. I will also be calculating these card's cost per frame to evaluate how much bang-per-buck you get for your cash.

One has to wonder what XFX can possibly bring to the table that isn't already there but as we have seen with the flagship single GPU card, the XFX4890XXX (reviewed in full here), XFX know a thing or too about what the end user wants: Supreme packaging, useful accessories and perhaps most importantly, overclocked editions backed up with 5 star support. So then. let's hope this is the case with their new ATI range of GPU's. Can XFX deliver? I think it's time we found out.


The following specifications were taken directly from the XFX specification page.

 HD 4850 XXXHD 4870 XXXHD 4890 XXXHD 4870x2
Bus TypePCI-E 2.0PCI-E 2.0PCI-E 2.0PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock MHz625 MHz775MHz875MHz750MHz
Stream Processors8008008001600
Memory Interface Bus (bit)256256256512
Memory Size (MB)512102410242048
Memory Clock (MHz)1990MHz3800MHz3900MHz3600MHz
Output HDCP Capable1111
Max Resolution Analog Horizontal2048204820482048
Max Resolution Analog Vertical1536153615361536
Max Resolution Digital Hoizontal2560256025602560
Max Resolution Digital Vertical1600160016001600
Dimensions (Imperial)9 x 4.376 x 1.59.5 x 4.376 x 1.59.5 x 4.376 x 3.810.5 x 4.376 x 1.5
Dimensions (Metric)23 x 11 x 3.824.1 x 11 x 3.824.1 x 11 x 3.826.7 x 11.2 x 3.8
ProfileDouble SlotDouble SlotDouble SlotDouble Slot
ATI Radeon CrossFireX™ TechnologyYESYESYESYES
ATI Radeon Stream TechnologyYESYESYESYES

Let's sit back now and take a brief look at what each card offers in terms of packaging and appearance...


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Most Recent Comments

14-04-2009, 11:22:33

Is it possible to have the best of both worlds? We find out as we test the latest ATI graphics cards from XFX...


Full review HEREQuote

14-04-2009, 11:46:14

Ah finally.

Awesome round up.

Seems like that the 4850 would be a good choice.Quote

14-04-2009, 12:18:25

Great round up Rich. That must have taken a lot of work to put it all together

All you need now is the 4890x2 to finish off the 48xx series Quote

14-04-2009, 12:33:37

Oh wow - great roundup, really nice work Quote

14-04-2009, 12:36:17

Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
Ah finally.

Awesome round up.

Seems like that the 4850 would be a good choice.
The 4850 is deffo a great card for the cash.

Originally Posted by name='AntiHeroUK'
Great round up Rich. That must have taken a lot of work to put it all together

All you need now is the 4890x2 to finish off the 48xx series
Will crossfired 4890's suffice for now?

Originally Posted by name='prosser13'
Oh wow - great roundup, really nice work

14-04-2009, 12:38:30

Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Will crossfired 4890's suffice for now?
I suppose they will have to do Quote

14-04-2009, 12:38:58

You have been a busy boy! Nice work matey, kudos as ever :thumb:Quote

14-04-2009, 13:40:19

Nice one Rich!!

Good to see some up to date figures. Just look at the CoD results. The X2 is quite a few frames over doubling the 4870 FPS.. Drivers and memory obviously helping but at least the theoretical power has actually happened in one game.Quote

14-04-2009, 18:05:47

Originally Posted by name='AntiHeroUK'
Great round up Rich. That must have taken a lot of work to put it all together

All you need now is the 4890x2 to finish off the 48xx series
don't forget the 4830

Nice roundup though, interesting results on the 4890Quote

14-04-2009, 18:46:30

Nick R
Great set of reviews.

Just a little typo on the first page, the spec table has two "Max Resolution Analog Vertical" rows with different values. but no "Max Resolution Digital Vertical" row.Quote

15-04-2009, 03:48:16

Ta sorted.Quote

15-04-2009, 15:36:18

Great review mate, looks like ATI have a great partner in XFX, Nvidia must be ever so slightly disappointed Quote

15-04-2009, 15:58:57

Wonder if they have approached Sapphire as a return salvo Quote

15-04-2009, 16:27:15

Now that really would make things intresting.Quote

15-04-2009, 16:44:42

Nice review man. However, one thing I have no bleeding clue about is how these cards sit compared to older generation cards, in my case the 8800GT?

I've been out of the loop for a bit too long..Quote

15-04-2009, 16:50:03

The 4850 would easily beat the 8800GT.

The 4870 is on a par with the GTX260 thereabouts, The 4890 is on a par with GTX275 and the 4870x2 is on a par with GTX295. Hope this helps.Quote

15-04-2009, 17:03:20

That's wicked, cheers. I think I'll be heading towards a 4870 and a new screen sometime soon Quote

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