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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 100257L 512MB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 512MB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • 2 x DVI 1 x HDMI (via Adapter)
  • 800 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Battledad
  • 12/18/2008 9:46:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsArtifacting

Pros: Good price for the features

Cons: Started artifacting after about 3 weeks. Manually increased the fan speed; even tried running it slower than stock speed; tried different ATI driver sets...all to no avail. Just filed an RMA to return it and I'll try another brand.

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  • gazoo
  • 12/17/2008 11:53:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible card

Pros: Great card. Handles most anything I throw at it.

Cons: Runs a bit hot, had to nail the fan up to 30% and it was somewhat lowered. The little dial indicates that the temp range it was running at was fine, but it made nervous so I ran up the fan a bit using CCC.

Other Thoughts: This card was beating the pants of the NVIDIA 260. Soon after I bought it, NVIDIA released a 260/216..meaning it had 216 cores which was much more than the old one and mine no longer beat it. To boot, everyone lowered their prices, not cool. I still like it, but if the price of the 260/216 came down to the 220 bucks mark, I would go for that instead.

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  • Steve
  • 12/3/2008 9:00:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy with this card

Pros: At first I couldn't believe how hot this card ran, but that is easily fixed with the ATI 'catalyst control center' that comes with ATI's drivers now. Just up the fan speed another 10% and it will run MUCH, MUCH cooler. If you keep upping the fan speed, it will get pretty loud, though

Cons: This card is big so make sure you have room for it. But all of the high end cards that are coming out now are just as big, if not bigger

Other Thoughts: The performance and image quality with this card is incredible. Having a lot of fun maxing out all settings in the games that I play, and still getting playable FPS :)

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  • runqust
  • 11/29/2008 12:12:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card!

Pros: WOW!!! What a card! Plays Left 4 Dead full tilt at 1080P on a 40" LCD TV. Looks amazing!! Highly recommend this card (or the 1GB model which is now the same price!!!)

Cons: -1 Egg for power placement. This card is huge!!! Measure before installing (which I did and if fit, barely). The TWO power plugs are placed on the end of the already huge PCB, causing the cables to protrude even further! It would have been a lot better to build them on the side - as most cases are more than wide enough for that with 120mm fans abundant on rear panels.

Other Thoughts: Great Card - Well worth the money!

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  • Jcfougere
  • 11/28/2008 7:05:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Card arrived 4 days after ordering! Easy physical installation. Performs outstanding, maxed out every game I have gaming at 1280x1024. Fan is very effective at keeping the card cool. Ran Automated Overdrive OC tool, card reached 840/960 Stable @ 30% Fan speed!! 840 Core clock WOW...

Cons: The 8.11 Drivers package doesn't install properly with Vista SP1 x86. CCC works but I got the INF error when trying to install the display drivers.
Work around is to manually update drivers through device manager and browse to the c:\ati\support\8.11 folder to specify the location.

I believe this is an issue specific to Vista and the latest drivers, haven't heard of a ton of people having this issue.

Other Thoughts: Card has great cooling capabilities if you don't mind some noise. The stock 20% fan speed is fine idling 55-60C, but at load it reaches 100C easily. Adjusting the fan to 40% allows the load temps to stay between 60-65C, and doesn't boost the noise very much. Anything above 40% would disturb someone in the same room watching tv etc. I would suggest headphones if you want to keep this card in the 50C range, at 100% it's easily 40 dB.

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  • YETB
  • 11/20/2008 5:18:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCard Good - rebate BAD

Pros: Card runs stable, upgraded from a 8800GT 512, appears to give a much smoother game play experience. I upgraded because I bought and am Running games on 24" Dell 2408. 1920x1200 was too much for the 8800GT. This 4870 seems to handle the higher resolutions much better.

Cons: ATI. Driver packages are horrible.
MUST use the control center to keep the temps low (set fan speeds).

Other Thoughts: REBATE - the WORST rebate requirements I have ever seen. READ THE FORMS - they have about 6 requirements that they can disqualify you for. They seem to have it written and designed to trick out of the rebate.
Rebates take 14 weeks to process.....
Don't count on getting it.

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  • Fyend
  • 11/18/2008 5:09:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsArtifacting

Pros: Ran fine the first few days. Nice and fast and not too noisy with the fan speed set at 40%. Temps never went over 65C at full load.

Cons: After a couple of days it started to artifact. I swapped it out with my wife's Asus 4850 and the problem went away on my PC and followed the 4870 to her system.

Other Thoughts: Its on the way back to Newegg now for a replacement RMA. Hopefully it won't take more than a week.

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  • 11/18/2008 12:42:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe Ryan Leaf of Video cards

Pros: - didn't set the house on fire. Killed my pc. Snuffed it out like Jaba got choked out by Pricess Leia. Sapphire was no help with support. - Card caused me a huge amount of greif. Cost of my equipment it killed. Twice what the card cost. I would not purchase any sapphire product at any price

Cons: Out over 500 dollars in a replacement board and power supply.

Other Thoughts: - newegg customer support was very good as always.

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  • JamesD
  • 11/17/2008 1:31:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDecent card if you do your homework

Pros: I don't really need to explain this, it's known already. Major upgrade from my X1800XT.

Cons: The very abnormal idle temps which may cause GPU failure if not taken care of correctly.

Other Thoughts: Here is what I did and what you should do too.

You can search online for the Radeon BIOS editor that will allow you to modify the stock BIOS "temperature vs fan speed" transfer function residing in the BIOS, which will help keep your GPU much cooler than 68C. Also you can use the editor to patch the annoying 100% fan spin-up at boot bug that is present in the HD4870. On top of that, throw some aftermarket thermal compound on the GPU and your good to go. My HD4870 now idles at 48C. During load it hangs around 66C.

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  • yourrmom
  • 11/13/2008 4:24:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI got this dirt cheap

Pros: getting 50 fps on farcry 2 with 4x AA. i saw a comment about mishaps with 4870 and p5q pro mb. i havent had a problem. i updated the bios and ati drivers.

Cons: can't complain yet. runs quiet

Other Thoughts: using P5q pro; corsair 750W PSU, 2gigs crucial ballistx DDR 800. E8400 dual core. i haven't played around w/ the fan. once prices go down, ill definitely get another 4870

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