AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB review [Guru3D]

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  1. Guru3D News

    Guru3D News Ancient Guru

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    Today a test and review on the new AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB. Obviously ATI is releasing a 1GB model to compete with the new Core 216 version of that GeForce GTX 260. The 4870 series really diggs...

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  2. Ven0m

    Ven0m Ancient Guru

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    Thank you for this test. It looks like more RAM will be useful in near future. But I've got 2 questions:
    1. It looks like low-power mode isn't working well. Was there any explanation from the manufacturer?
    2. Is there any possibility to re-test 4870 512 and 4870X2? It looks like there are driver changes both for overall performance and utilization of greater amount of RAM.
     
  3. kapu

    kapu Ancient Guru

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    wow they come rly close to each other, however that HD4870 is slightly faster.
     
  4. Passion Fruit

    Passion Fruit Ancient Guru

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    Why does it say in the benchmarks.. "GRAW | GRID when theres no GRID benchmarks?
     

  5. Cybermancer

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    An impressive card. More video memory is the way to go it seems...
     
  6. Skiddywinks

    Skiddywinks Ancient Guru

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    Should be "competition". I keep forgetting; does Guru3D have editers?

    :p only messing. Keep up the (normally) great work.
     
  7. Cybermancer

    Cybermancer Don Quixote

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    No. No editers. Just editors. :p
     
  8. Passion Fruit

    Passion Fruit Ancient Guru

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    haha.

    Its true like, the editor that goes through these articles fails to correct any mistakes what so ever it seems. I've kept my mouth shut until now ;)
     
  9. morbias

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    Because GRID was removed from the benchmarks due to being too time intensive iirc., just forgot to remove the title.

    tbh the extra memory on the card didn't make as much difference as I was expecting, thought it would do more at high resolutions.
     
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    twtaylor Ancient Guru

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    Looks like you need one too, it's editors not editers. lol :p
     

  11. ottoyu34

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    Wow. thats close competition. 1GB is the way to go for new titles
     
  12. Ryu5uzaku

    Ryu5uzaku Ancient Guru

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    ive been wondering can one xfire 512mb card and 1gb card o_O
     
  13. meatfestival92

    meatfestival92 Ancient Guru

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    Yes, but only 512MB will be used.
     
  14. D-Cyph3r

    D-Cyph3r Master Guru

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    This is the single GPU of choice. If I didn't get my GX2 for under £150 I would have 2 of these running.
     
  15. Ryu5uzaku

    Ryu5uzaku Ancient Guru

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    so if i had the gig one as "main" if xfire wouldnt work then it would be using whole 1024? :p
     

  16. meatfestival92

    meatfestival92 Ancient Guru

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    I think if you had crossfire disabled and only one card being used, it would be using the whole 1 gig. But I'm not 100% on that.
     
  17. MadGizmo

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    If you use the 1GB as the master and 512MB as slave it will use 512MB max. When you disable CF you will have the single GPU with 1GB back.
     
  18. Ryu5uzaku

    Ryu5uzaku Ancient Guru

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    then i might even buy the 1024 one as next card since well some games just wont do xfire :D
     
  19. Chris0101

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    The truth is, the 512 mb only costs about $30 extra here in Canada, so it may be worth getting the extra RAM.

    Guru3d's review is pretty good, but I think what one thing that might have been interesting is looking at the minimum frame rate. You'll likely find that the 1024 Mb makes a difference well worth the 512 Mb.

    Advantages:
    - Faster frame rates
    - More "future proof"

    Disadvantages:
    - Costs about $30 more (so maybe 15-20 euros more)
    - Extra RAM may not be as overclockable (need to find verify this one)
     
  20. Skiddywinks

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    Good point and well made, but my post was hardly an article :p
     

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