XFX ATI 4000 Series Round Up

XFX HD4870x2

Packaging & Appearance

Once again, the front of the box is dominated with the mask from Friday the13th fame. This time however, the box is twice the size of the XFX 4850 and 4870XXX cards we looked at earlier. I still think the XFX emblem looks out of place, being green and while I appreciate it's just a company logo a change of colour to red would be more apt for their ATI branding. Flipping the box over, we see that XFX are keen to promote their 5-star support service should you take the time to register the product.

box front box rear

Removing the outer sleeve, we once again come to a plain black box containing both the accessories and the graphics card. The accessory list is once again complete with everything you could want from GPU connectivity. A DVI/VGA adapter, HDMI adapter, TV out and PCIe 6-pin to dual Molex adapter along with a driver CD and user guides.

inner box accesories

XFX, while traditionally hailing from the green side have missed a trick by using the same green cardboard padding used in their Nvidia range. Again, I would prefer to have seen red instead of lime green which could well upset some avid ATI fan boys as no self respecting fan boy would have green anywhere, let alone on the packaging of their beloved ATI GPU's. Nevertheless, XFX have seen fit to use this padding from the Nvidia parts bin. Thankfully, the card is this time held securely in place by sponge ensuring the card reaches the end user in perfect condition.

card box card front

The card yet again uses the standard designed cooler but instead of the translucent red we have a stylish black affair which only serves to add to the domineering appearance of the card. A matching black backplate is also used to prevent the card from bowing under the heavy coolers weight with the two chrome GPU backplates hinting of the dual GPU power hidden inside.

 card rear card side

The cooler fan is effective in operation but again, fairly loud when placed under load. Potential buyers should note that this card requires an 8-pin PCIe cable as well as a 6 Pin PCIe cable to operate as designed and with no 8 pin adapter included it is therefore imperative that your PSU supports this feature.

 card rear card fan

The rear of the card this time has plain black DVI ports and a single TV-output . HD compatibility is afforded via the supplied HDMI adapter and the 7.1 surround capability of the card can hopefully drown out the noise of the fan. Be aware though that this card is not exactly the ideal choice for a media centre despite it's connectivity. It's a monolith of a card and consideration should be given to this fact as it will not fit in a lot of cases so please check before buying.

 DVI fan

The 4870x2 has been the top performing card for so long now with only the GTX295 surpassing it and even then by a small margin. It is still the flagship card from ATI and coupled with XFX packaging and support it, priced below the GTX295 it is still proving very popular with enthusiasts who are looking for a card that can perform at the highest level. Can it prove best bang per buck though, considering how well the 4870 performs it certainly has it's work cut out.

Let's see if the pre-overclocked cards have anything left to offer in terms of speed as I try to overclock them even further with our test setup...

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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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