XFX ATI 4000 Series Round Up

XFX HD4890 XXX

Packaging & Appearance

This is perhaps the first time I have come across such a box design, if indeed you can call it a box. The X shape is very striking to look at and the box design must surely have been developed from a master or Origami as getting an X shape like this must take some doing. The outer design is very appealing being gunmetal Grey and red with fake screws holding the package together.

The front of the box displays the bare essentials such as product name and 1GB of DDR5/ATI CrossfireX technology emblems. Nowhere on the box that I could see though were the usual XXX stickers, something that will no doubt be rectified for retail versions. Flipping the box over we get a more in depth specification list as well as XFX advising you to register the product to take advantage of their industry leading 5-Star Support program.
  

box front box rear
 
Here's where things went a little awry. Opening the box, without tearing the nicely designed sleeve eventually got the better of me so after 5 minutes of head scratching and a few expletives, I gave up and just tore into it. While it's all very well designing a nice looking box, it just felt wrong tearing it open like that. I guess it's the Yorkshire man in me that thinks about the resale value before even using the item at hand. Once I made a few strategic tears, I did figure out that it was possible to open it up without tearing but alas the moment had passed and my patience had dwindled.

box side box inner

So here we have another interesting design, the 'box through a box' perpendicular style, again forming an X. This time, it was much easier to get into the contents with one box sliding out from another. The lower box, contained 2 section with the upper section containing the accessories, user guides and the lower compartment holding the graphics card itself.
 
box open accessory box
 

The accessories are both complete and comprehensive. Two user guides were provided along with a support CD. Sadly the support CD didn't have any drivers on it, instead it simply guides you to the XFX website. While this is a good prompt to use the latest available drivers, I can only hope that the drivers are available on launch as the most recent CAT 9.3's were not compatible. Finishing off the accessory list were a DVI/VGA adapter, an HDMI adapter, 2x6-pin to dual Molex connectors, a crossfire bridge, the included HAWX game and a novelty 'do not disturb' sign.

 
accessories manual
 

Finally we get to see the card in all its glory. Being based on a reference design, XFX have not fixed what isn't broken and so simply added there own branding to the plastic cooler top. In fact the more eagle-eyed among you may well notice the original sticker can just be seen around the edges. The rear of the card is a mass of SMD's and screws with a small backplate holding the copper triple heat piped cooler to the GPU.
 
card front card rear
 
The connectivity of the card is a standard dual slot affair with 2xDVI ports and a TV out port. I would have liked to have seen colour coded DVI ports as with some of the XFX Nvidia cards but that's a minor issue that can easily be rectified in future releases. At the power end of the card we see that ATI have managed to stick to the 2x6-pin PCIe power ports rather replacing a 6 pin with a more powerful 8-pin ensuring that users of older PSU's can still take advantage of this card.

dvi pcie
 
The card has two Crossfire tabs ensuring the card is CrossfireX compatible (something we will put to the test in a later review). On the back of the card is a multitude of SMD's and power/fault indication LEDs (red). In the centre of the card is a small backplate held down by four spring loaded screws.

crossfire side 2

Despite the 'interesting' (read frustrating) box design, the 4890XXX certainly looks the part. I would have preferred a different cooler design as this, once again, is very loud when at full tilt. For whatever reason XFX also opted to use the standard red PCB design. There is very little to distinguish the XFX version from any other version on the market, even though this card is a XXX version.

Let's take a look at the HD4870x2...

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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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