XFX ATI 4000 Series Round Up

Conclusion

 

ConclusionXFX red

Leaping onto the ATI bandwagon after being such a huge representative of Nvidia may be seen by some as a bad move but their is no doubting that XFX know a thing or two about graphics cards. The benefits of having XFX in partnership with ATI are plain to see with the XXX overclocked range out in full force. Sure the cards overclock to this level easily anyway but having the card pre clocked means you do not have to be troubled with the catalyst control centre's Overdrive or other overclocking utility allowing even the most inept enthusiast to gains those valuable extra frames per second.

All of the cards on show today were well packaged if somewhat a little less appealing as the Nvidia counterparts. No games or software is included with any of the cards apart from the recently released 4890XXX which is a little disappointing considering the cards are not priced any lower than the majority of their competitors.

The 4800 series have proved themselves time and again to be very popular among enthusiasts thanks to the awesome performance they provide along with very good cost/performance ratio. But which one should you choose? The 4850 is certainly a very good card but it is left wanting at extreme resolutions. The 4870 was one of the most popular cards of 2008 thanks to it hitting the sweet spot of bang per buck but even though this card is a XXX version it now makes little sense to buy when you compare it to the new kid on the block, the 4890XXX. This card can perform at all levels, comes in a somewhat interesting (if frustrating) package and can overclock to supreme speeds with ease. Then we come to the mighty 4870x2. Despite it now being dethroned by the GTX295, the 4870x2 is still a fantastic card. Costing £330 one would think this card would be found lacking when it comes to bang per buck but due to it's extra ordinary performance it can hold its own against much cheaper cards.

Whatever your  requirement, one thing is for sure, XFX have a GPU that can cater for every taste be it budget, performance or power consumption and now with an allegiance to ATI as well as Nvidia, XFX have given the end user the choice of their preferred manufacturer.

 

 The Good
- Extreme performance of the HD4870x2
- Price of the 4850XXX
- Included game of the 4890XXX

The Medicore
- Stock ATI cooler is becoming tiresome
- Packaging not to the same standard of Nvidia

The Poor
- Noisy fans
 

XFX HD4850XXX

 

 

XFX HD4870XXX

 

 

XFX HD4890XXX

 

 

XFX HD4870x2

 

Thanks to XFX for providing all of the card on test today. Discuss in our forums.

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14-04-2009, 11:22:33

w3bbo
Is it possible to have the best of both worlds? We find out as we test the latest ATI graphics cards from XFX...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...194913658l.jpg

Full review HERE

14-04-2009, 11:46:14

zak4994
Ah finally.

Awesome round up.

Seems like that the 4850 would be a good choice.

14-04-2009, 12:18:25

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

14-04-2009, 12:33:37

prosser13
Oh wow - great roundup, really nice work

14-04-2009, 12:36:17

w3bbo
Quote:
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.

Quote:
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?

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

14-04-2009, 12:38:30

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

14-04-2009, 12:38:58

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

14-04-2009, 13:40:19

Bungral
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.

14-04-2009, 18:05:47

PeterStoba
Quote:
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 4890

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.

15-04-2009, 03:48:16

w3bbo
Ta sorted.

15-04-2009, 15:36:18

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

15-04-2009, 15:58:57

w3bbo
Wonder if they have approached Sapphire as a return salvo

15-04-2009, 16:27:15

Grimreaper123
Now that really would make things intresting.

15-04-2009, 16:44:42

ali_james
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..

15-04-2009, 16:50:03

w3bbo
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.

15-04-2009, 17:03:20

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