XFX ATI 4000 Series Round Up

XFX HD4870 XXX

Packaging & Appearance

Much the same as the HD4850's packaging, the HD4870's box is small in stature. This time we get a spiked Ice hockey mask greeting us on the front with a flame riddled backdrop. The rear of the box displays the main features of the card including 800 Stream processors power 1GB of GDDR5 and CrossfireX capability.
 

box front box rear

Like the 4850 before, this card's also a XXX pre-overclocked edition of the HD4870 resulting in clockspeeds of 775MHz on the core with a memory speed of a 3800MHz (effective).  This time, the power supply unit required to power this card is bumped up a notch to 500w with XFX recommending a 600Watt PSU with four PCIe slots if you intend on running this card in tandem with another.

side 1 side 2

Removing the outer sleeve we come to a plain black box, no aliens, no monsters or indeed scantly clad Elvin warriors are anywhere to be seen - how strange for an ATI package? The interior of this understated box is again a neat compartmentalized affair with the accessories, guides and driver CD's separated from the main unit.

inner box compartment

In typical XFX fashion, we find that no stone is left unturned when we come to the accessories with not one but two guides, a driver/software CD, HDMI and DVI adapters, 2x dual Molex adapters, a TV-out cable and a Crossfire bridge. XFX also include a novelty Do Not Disturb door hanger - useful or not it still brings a smile to my face.

open box accessories

The 'Jason' theme is carried onto the card with the hockey mask once more making an appearance. The cooler is a stock ATI affair though with XFX simply placing their own branding on the card. XFX have however, chosen to use a black PCB for this ATI card which is much more attractive than the red PCB used by some manufacturers of ATI cards. The stock cooler is held onto the card by a number of screws with the copper baseplate held in place by a small backplate.

card front card rear

Akin to the HD4850XXX, the 4870XXX also features the signature red DVI ports at the business end of the card along with a TV out port. The 4870XXX needs a little more power than it's stablemate though if the two PCIe 6-pin power ports are anything to go by.

dvi pcie

The stock red cooler is beginning to look a little dated now and is pretty much indistinguishable from any other ATI cooler. While it may be effective, it is certainly not quiet, especially when the card is placed under any load for any period of time.

side 1 side 2

Thankfully the card's cooling is effective enough that the fan never hit 100% in my testing but I had to see how loud the fan was at 100%, something I do not plan on doing in the future as my ears bled for a few days afterwards. OK, maybe that was a slight exaggeration, make that just one or two days! After such a time listening to the fans at full tilt your ear drums will likely have deteriorated so much that adding another card or two in Crossfire X configuration won't make any difference but the old lady at the end of the street won't thank you for it nor will the pack of dogs howling outside your door. Who cares though, there's nothing more sexy than a couple (or more) cards working in tandem (except maybe for Heather Locklear in a PVC cat suit writhing around on a plastic sheet holding a bottle of baby oil - but that's another story all together!).

fan crossfire

So then, nothing really outstanding in the aesthetics department being a standard cooler, understated (but still stylish) box and a noisy fan. A black PCB can only go so far in making up for a lack of imagination but the card still looks better than a lot of ATI offerings on the market today.

Let's see how the XFX 4890 fairs...

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Most Recent Comments

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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