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Sapphire Radeon 4870 X2

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Posted November 13, 2008 by Jake in Video Cards

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The Sapphire Radeon 4870 X2 is indeed a monster of a card, the veritable king of the hill…….for now. It displays some stunning performance numbers, chewing up most of our benchmarks and the rest of the competition. That is somewhat to be expected, however, as it is a dual-GPU card and comparing apples to oranges is really only good for showing…….well…….they’re both fruit. In any event, the card’s performance is oustanding, and scales extremely well in some games, with Call of Duty 4 being most notable. However, it doesn’t scale well in others, such as GRID, so it really depends on what games you play and whether you’ll see a massive increase in performance or not. But it does have the horsepower to produce very playable framerates in just about any game, even at higher resolutions with the eye candy enabled. No other single card really can boast that claim to that degree at this point.

There are a few drawbacks here to mention that are probably already obvious, but we’ll point them out anyways. Overclocking this card is frankly a waste of time and effort, the risk isn’t worth the reward. The temperatures are also a bit on the high side, and although the card is designed to withstand it, the interior temperature of your case will suffer a bit more as a result. Our recommendation is to manually set the fan speed to about 40% which seems to achieve a nice balance between temperatures and noise levels. This card also does pull some some serious electricity when it’s running in 3D gaming mode. Lastly, performance like this also commands a premium price, although that is to be expected for cutting edge technology and ground-shaking performance. But all of these issues are really inherent to having a card like this anyways, making these points probably moot becuase if you aren’t willing to accept the tradeoffs then you’ll be looking at a baby Radeon instead.

Boasting stunning performance and excellent features in a sleek package, the Sapphire Radeon 4870 X2 is king of the hill for now, easily chewing through modern games for those consumers with higher-resolution monitors, high expectations, and high budgets.

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Sapphire Radeon 4870 X2

Our thanks go to FX Video Cards for providing the Radeon 4870X2 for this review, be sure to visit them for all of your video needs.

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