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Old September 26, 2008, 09:19 PM
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Default The 4870 1 GB Graphics Card!

For those hoping that the 4870 would get a boost in performance for a small price, here it is. GDDR5 was not being fully utilized due to the constant writes to memory in the 512 MB card. Now it has 1 GB! Overall it is better than a GTX260 core 216.

AnandTech: The Radeon HD 4870 1GB: The Card to Get
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Old September 26, 2008, 09:48 PM
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I think thats the first review of any 1GB card that actually says its worth spending the extra cash for it.

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Old September 26, 2008, 10:26 PM
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Get a GTX 280...really!
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Old September 26, 2008, 11:17 PM
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Right now NCIX has the Diamond 4870 1GB card for $319.
I just ordered one.
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Old September 27, 2008, 06:26 AM
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Yes definitely some improvement when using single cards at 1920*200.

Some of the results seemed a little odd-- Crysis saw gains at any res, while the card beat the 4870X2 in some instances-none of this makes much sense unless the card was overclocked (no mention of test cards core and mem speed in review).

I'm not sure how this applies to crossfire either. The 4870 in crossfire in SKY's review at 1920*200 is also a few frames behind the 4870X2 with the 2gb memory in Crysis, but the difference isn't as dramatic.

Palit Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB Video Card Review

Something else that's a bit strange is that the benchmark scores for the 4870 are identical (where contrasts can be made) to previous reviews using 8.6 and 8.7 drivers.
AnandTech: AMD's Radeon HD 4870 X2 - Testing the Multi-GPU Waters
AnandTech: The Radeon HD 4850 & 4870: AMD Wins at $199 and $299

Anyway at least the memory layout is the same so you you can transfer FC waterblocks if you want to switch to the higher mem version.

We need more crossfire and overclocking contrasts though as things could get more complicated with multiple cards.
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