Amd radeon hd4870: ATI Radeon HD 4870 Specs

Radeon HD 4870 [in 1 benchmark]


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Radeon HD 4870

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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 750 MHz
  • Max video memory 1024
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 3600 MHz
  • Maximum resolution

Summary

ATI started Radeon HD 4870 sales 25 June 2008 at a recommended price of $299. This is TeraScale architecture desktop card based on 55 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 3.6 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 115.2 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 250 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 150 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at


4.74%

of a leader’s which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.


Radeon HD
4870

vs


GeForce RTX
3090 Ti

General info


Of Radeon HD 4870’s architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating 599
Value for money 0.36
Architecture TeraScale (2005−2013)
GPU code name RV770
Market segment Desktop
Release date 25 June 2008 (14 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP) $299
Current price $159 (0. 5x MSRP) of 49999 (A100 SXM4)

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Technical specs


Radeon HD 4870’s general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 4870’s performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores 800 of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed 750 MHz of 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors 956 million of 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology 55 nm of 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP) 150 Watt of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate 30. 00 of 939.8 (h200 SXM5)
Floating-point performance 1,200.0 gflops of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements


Information on Radeon HD 4870’s compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it’s interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
Length 250 mm
Width 2-slot
Supplementary power connectors 2x 6-pin

Memory


Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 4870: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don’t have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount 1 GB of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width 256 Bit of 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed 3600 MHz of 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth 115.2 GB/s of 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports


Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 4870. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors 2x DVI, 1x S-Video

API support


APIs supported by Radeon HD 4870, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX 10.1 (10_1)
Shader Model 4.1
OpenGL 3.3 of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL 1.1
Vulkan N/A

Benchmark performance


Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 4870. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.


ATI HD 4870
4.74

  • Passmark
Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%


ATI HD 4870
1396


Game benchmarks


Let’s see how good Radeon HD 4870 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS
Popular games

Relative perfomance


Overall Radeon HD 4870 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.



ATI Radeon HD 4890
108.86


AMD Radeon 550X
102.32


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
100. 21


ATI Radeon HD 4870
100


AMD Radeon 540
96.62


AMD FireStream 9270
95.99


NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
95.78

NVIDIA equivalent


We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 4870 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 275, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.


GeForce GTX
275


Compare


Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 4870:


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
110.34


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
110.13


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
100. 21


ATI Radeon HD 4870
100


NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
95.78


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
87.76


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
87.13

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285


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Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with Radeon HD 4870 according to our statistics.


Core 2
Quad Q6600

3.3%


Core 2
Duo E8400

3.1%


Core 2
Quad Q9550

2%


Athlon II
X4 640

1.7%


Core 2
Quad Q8400

1.7%


Core 2
Duo E7400

1.6%


Athlon II
X2 250

1.6%


Xeon
E5440

1. 4%


Xeon
E5430

1.2%


Core i5
3470

1.2%

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Cons
  • Not quite the fastest GPU on the planet, runs hot

Just how much are you willing to pay to have the fastest graphics card? That’s always been a tricky question for PC gaming enthusiasts.

But with the release of ATI’s latest performance graphics chipset, the Radeon HD 4870, it’s become a real conundrum.

That’s because AMD’s graphics subsidiary has given up chasing the outright 3D performance crown.

It is no longer even trying to create the fastest single GPU on the planet. Instead it has shifted its focus towards efficiency and value for money.

As we discovered last week with our first look at the entry level member of the Radeon HD 4800 series, the 4850, ATI has done a stunning job. The 4850 is yours for a piffling £125 but delivers more performance than the fastest single-GPU graphics card available just a few months ago.

Say hello to the 4870

As good as the 4850 is, however, the new 4870 variant is even more impressive. Yes, it costs 50 per cent more than the 4850 but doesn’t quite deliver 50 per cent more performance. The 4850 still offers the best 3D bang for buck.

But the 4870 has an even better party trick. It makes the latest uber-GPU from arch rival NVIDIA, the GeForce GTX 280, look massively overpriced and just a little bit silly.

You can find full technical details of the silicon gubbins that lie at the heart of the 4870 in our original Radeon HD 4800 series review. But to recap briefly, the really clever bit is how ATI has managed to up the shader and texture count by 150 per cent courtesy of a boost in transistors of just 40 per cent.

In many respects, the 4870 is no different from the cheaper 4850. It has the same 800 shaders, 40 texture samplers and 16 render output units.

Likewise, it sports an identical DirectX 10.1 feature set (something NVIDIA cannot yet match, for better or worse) and the same 256-bit memory bus and 512MB frame buffer. But that’s no surprise. After all, both are based on the RV770 GPU.

Cranking up the clocks

The 4870, therefore, is all about clockspeeds. In terms of core frequencies, it ups the ante by 125MHz to 750MHz. However, the big news is memory clocks.

The 4850’s GDDR3 memory trundles along at a relatively pedestrian 2GHz. But ATI has bolted the very latest 3.6GHz GDDR5 chips to the 4870.

That’s an extremely important upgrade because NVIDIA’s beastly GeForce GTX 280 has the advantage of a much wider 512-bit memory bus. Factor in the GTX’s 2.2GHz GDDR3 frequency and it retains a raw bandwidth advantage. But it’s nothing like as big as it would have been had ATI stuck with GDDR3 for the 4870.

The only other significant difference is a change in form factor and power consumption. The 4870 is a dual-slot board that requires two six-pin power cables where the 4850 is a single slotter that can survive with a single power cable.

Anywho, you can read all about the GTX 280’s architectural nitty gritty in our review. What you really need to know is just how close the 4870 gets to NVIDIA’s finest. And remember, prices for the 4870 kick off at just under £200. You’ll do well to get any change out of £400 for a GTX.

What about the benchies?

Our first performance test is the 3D technofest that is Crytek’s Crysis. It’s both the most advanced and most graphically demanding PC game yet. With all the image quality options set to full reheat, it will bring any video board to its knees.

The Radeon HD 4870 is no different in that regard. But crucially it makes almost as good as fist of coping with this particular graphics Crysis as the NVIDIA GTX 280.

Running at the popular 1,680 x 1,050 widescreen resolution and all the options set to maximum (but without anti-aliasing enabled), the 4870 cranks out 21fps on average. The GTX manages 26fps. That’s a performance delta of 24 per cent.

In both cases, you’ll need to knock a few of the options down a few notches to get acceptably smooth performance.

Moving on to one of the most popular current shooters, Call of Duty 4, the 4870 gets even closer. At 1,920 x 1,200 and 4x anti-aliasing, the 4870 manages 58fps to the GTX’s 64fps. That’s a difference of just 10 per cent.

More importantly, it’s small enough that you’ll really struggle to feel the difference in game. It’s almost the same experience for around half the price, in other words.

What’s more, even at a monstrous resolution like 2,560 x 1,600, the GTX is only 18 per cent quicker in Call of Duty 4. It’s a similar story running an older favourite like Half-Life 2 at 1,920 x 1,200. Here, 102fps for the 4870 plays 122fps for the GTX.

The perfect pixel pusher?

It’s all throughly impressive. But do we have any reservations at all? As things stand with the current configuration, we do wonder whether the 4870’s 512MB frame buffer has the legs for the long term. Future game engines are likely to gobble up ever more graphics memory.

It’s a concern today, too, if you own a 30-inch monitor capable of that exotic 2,560 x 1,200 resolutions. Run Half-Life 2 at that resolution and the GTX pulls out a 28 per cent performance advantage. That also reflects the fact that the GTX is a bigger chip with more raw throughput.

Having spoken to a one or two of ATI’s legion board partners, we can confirm that 1GB 4870s will indeed hit the shops in the next month or so. But given the new fangled GDDR5 chips ATI has selected, just how much of the 4870’s impressive price advantage will the extra memory eat up?

Hot but not bothered

The only other slight worry is the immense heat this card pumps out. It’s a bit surprising given that we found it consumes approximately 35 watts less than the GTX 280. And it doesn’t bode all that well for the longevity of these cards. Nor does it help keep the rest of your system cool and stable.

There are two further points in the GTX 280’s favour that should not be forgotten. It may not be by as much as NVIDIA would like.

But the GTX is still the fastest GPU on the planet. Expensive as it is, its massive bandwith and pixel parallelism also make it the weapon of choice for gamers lucky enough to run really big LCD panels beyond 24 inches.

However, for everyone else, the good news is that there is little reason to pay the £400 NVIDIA is demanding for the GTX 280. Incredibly, ATI has come up with a GPU that delivers a remarkably similar gaming experience for half the price.

On a final note, it’s worth remembering you can pick up two 4870s and run them in CrossfireX multi-GPU mode for the same price as a single GTX 280. We’ve never been big fans of either Crossfire or NVIDIA’s competing SLI platform. But if you do have £400 to spend, a pair of 4870s will take some beating.

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HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB (256bit) GDDR5 PCIe

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Winning the Elite Performance Award from Elitebastards.com

» All I can tell you is that HIS’ Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo packs enough performance to outstrip a reference GeForce GTX 260. …..I know I’ve said it before, but 1920×1200 with 8x multi-sampling is where it’s at for me right now, and HIS provides that luxurious configuration in the majority of situations. « — Elitebastards Review

Winning the Hardwarezone’s Four Stars Best of the Best Award from Hardwarezone Singapore

» The HIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo, with its new and improved IceQ 4+ cooler also performed admirably. It recorded 61 degrees Celsius, making it the coolest card here and among the Radeon HD 4870 group in particular……All things considered, this is a solid card and is easily one of the better Radeon HD 4870 cards that we have tested. It provides a marked increase in performance, and manages to significantly reduce operating temperatures. «


The return of The Legend — IceQ 4+ Cooling Technology!

 

HIS IceQ 4+ is the revision of the 4th generation of IceQ cooling technology, which is endorsed by the media worldwide. Thanks to the newly designed dual heatpipes and heatsinks, the cooling capacity is increase by up to 60%! Thicker spreader and heatpipes are used to allow a more even heat distribution among the fins. Spreader is the metal base of the heatsink. In IceQ4+, 8 mm instead of 6 mm diameter heatpipes are used to enhance thermal transfer efficiency.

HIS IceQ 4 effectively dissipate the heat from the GPU, thus enabling it for high levels of performance. It cools down the GPU temperature dramatically when compare with the reference cooler, allow you to maximize your overclocking potential. What’s more? The ultra silent and durable fan delivers ultra-quiet and stable gaming environment for enthusiast gamer.


Heat transfers rapidly out of GPU and reduces temperature faster. Cool down the droom to overclock and run chip faster; provides more headroom to overclock and run faster. Operates with lower noise level than original cooler.
  1. Efficient transfer of heat outside of computer case
    Cool air is drawn from both sides of the fan and hot air is forced out of the computer case. This ensures effective cooling when there is another card in front blocking the fan inlet, such as in CrossFire setup
  2. Crossfire Advantage
    Ensure you can conveniently connect the CrossFire cable to run a CrossFire setup.
  3. Silent and durable fan
    Significantly reduce noise level and extend service life
  4. Isolated heatsinks
    memory and GPU heatsinks are completely separated, preventing any heat transfer from GPU to memory. Memory heatsink is actively cooled by air stream from main cooler.

 

Faster

Turbo-charge your gaming environment
HIS take an already great product and make it better. The IceQ Turbo models are bios-overclocked out of the box. For the TurboX models we push the core clock even further to its limit, deliver the ultimate gaming experience!

Turbo — You can benefit by a manufacture pre-overclock graphics card with the balance of the best performance and cooling effect.

Heat transfers rapidly out of GPU and reduces temperature faster
In order to improve the power capacity, we have changed from simple extrusion heatsink to stacked fins with bigger surface area to improve the heat transfer efficiency significantly. Thicker spreader and heatpipes are also used to allow a more even heat distribution among the fins. Spreader is the metal base of the heatsink.

 



IceQ 4 — Dual Heatpipes (6mm diameter) IceQ 4+ — Dual Heatpipes (8mm diameter)
Redesigned layout with thicker heatpipe and increase the cooling performance by up to 60%!

 


Cooler — Efficient transfer of heat outside of computer case:

Cool air is drawn from both sides of the fan and hot air is forced out of the computer case. This ensures effective cooling when there is another card in front blocking the fan inlet, such as in CrossFire setup. Memory and GPU heatsinks are completely separated, preventing any heat transfer from GPU to memory. Memory heatsink is actively cooled by air stream from main cooler.In IceQ 4+, the memory and VRM components are directly cooled by a metal base plate.




Crossfire Advantage:

Cooling Performance — IceQ 4+ vs Single Slot Cooler

By expelling the hot air, IceQ 4 removes all the heat generated by the GPU out of the computer chassis, prevents the hot air from accumulating inside and enhancing the overall stability. The more crowded the chassis, the greater will be the impact.

 



Single Card Setup Crossfire Modle Setup

 

The demonstration shows that the IceQ 4+ does outperform the 3rd party cooler in closed environment. Cool air is drawn from both sides of the fan and hot air is forced out of the computer case. This ensures effective cooling when there is another card in front blocking the fan inlet, such as in CrossFire setup.


Quieter — Significantly reduce noise level and extend service life

Even through the cooling capacity is increase by up to 60% when compare with IceQ 4 Cooler, the noise level is still supress to the minimum, nearly half of the sound level when compare with AMD reference cooler!

 

 


HIS IceQ is also UV sensitive, enhancing the gamers’ UV light case


Comparsion

 







Model

Cooling Capacity

Heatpipe

Heatsink
Surface Area

Noise
Level

UV Effect

Cooler
Performance

10%

15%

30%

Single Heatpipe

60%

67%

Dual Heatpipes

130%

167% Thicker (8mm)
Dual Heatpipes
130%

 

 

Overview
  • IceQ 4 Cooling Technology
    • Faster, Cooler, Quieter, Crossfire Advantage, UV Sensitive
  • Powered by Radeon® HD 4870 GPU
  • 956 million transistors on 55nm fabrication process
  • 800 stream processing units
  • DirectX® 10. 1
  • 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering
  • ATI CrossFireXTM multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance
  • Use up to four discrete cards with an AMD 790FX based motherboard
  • Built-in HDMI with 7.1 surround sound support
    • The HIS DVI to HDMI Adapter for ATI 4000/ 3000 series (Product Code: HHDMI4071) is required to fully utilize the audio through HDMI features
  • PCI Express® 2.0 support
HIS PRODUCTS ADVANTAGE
  • HIS delivers Faster, Cooler, Quieter plus the best quality product!
  • Professional customer service and technical support




ACCESSORIES

SOFTWARE BUNDLED


  • Driver CD

CABLE/ADAPTOR BUNDLED

  • ATI CrossFireXTM Bridge Interconnect
  • DVI to HDMI adapter
  • DVI to VGA adapter
  • Power Cable 2x 4pin in, 6 pin out























Model Name HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo (Full HD 1080p) HDMI 1GB (256bit) GDDR5 Dual DL-DVI & TV (HDCP) PCIe (RoHS)
Chipset Radeon HD 4800 PCIe Series
ASIC RadeonTM HD 4870 GPU
Pixel Pipelines 800 stream processing units* (Unified)
Vertex Engines 800 stream processing units* (Unified)
Manu. Process (Micron) 55nm
Transistor 956 million
Memory Size (MB) 1024
Memory Type GDDR5
RAMDAC (MHz) 400
Engine CLK (MHz) 770
Memory CLK (MHz) 4000
Memory Interface (bit) 256
Max. Resolution 1920×1200 (single-link DVI) or 2560×1600 (dual-link DVI)
Bus Interface PCI Express x16
Power Supply Requirement 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
VGA No
2nd VGA No
DVI Yes
2nd DVI Yes
TV-out Yes
HDTV (YPrPb component output) No
ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 System Requirements

  • PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
  • 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
  • Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products
  • Minimum 1GB of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive
  • Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive
  • For a complete ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card are required

For more information, please visit the following link:
http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd4800/specs1.html

 

 

Redefine HD Gaming

The ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series GPUs deliver a cinematic gaming experience with unprecedented performance. The powerful new TeraScale graphics will propel you deep into your gameplay with seamless frame rates and high resolutions. Enhanced anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering create striking graphics with unparalleled realism so you can max out the settings of the most demanding next-generation games or revitalize your favorite titles. Play today while preparing for tomorrow with tessellation, support for DirectX® 10.1 and scalable ATI CrossFireXTM technology.

ATI AvivoTM HD Technology

ATI AvivoTM HD is the advanced image and video processing and display technology found in ATI RadeonTM HD GPUs and ATI TheaterTM video capture processors. Specifically designed for HDTV and HD video enthusiasts, ATI Avivo HD provides brilliant colors, sharp images, smooth playback of Blu-rayTM* and HD video content, HDMI with built-in multi-channel digital audio, and on some GPUs, Unified Video Decoding (UVD). UVD is designed to enable a cool and quiet media PC with low CPU power requirements and playback of HD 1080p content. HD Monitor is required for full 1080p enjoyment.

* The HIS DVI to HDMI Adapter for ATI 4000/ 3000 series is required to fully utilize the audio through HDMI features

HDMI Video and Audio

A system with an ATI RadeonTM HD 4800 Series graphics card can help enhance the HD entertainment experience by providing a seamless connection to an HDTV or home theater system. With built-in 7.1 surround sound audio (AC3 / DTS ), the new GPUs and graphics cards support single cable connection directly to a compatible HDTV, projector or receiver. This single cable carries both the HD video and 8 channel audio for a clean, high definition connection. Some graphics cards will be equipped with an HDMI connector, while others will output the HDMI signal using a special ATI Radeon DVI-I to HDMI adapter. These options give consumers more options and flexibility when connecting their PCs to monitors or home theaters for maximum enjoyment of HD content. The new GPU also supports xvYCC color which can display a wider range of color when connected to capable HDTVs.

* The HIS DVI to HDMI Adapter for ATI 4000/ 3000 series (Product Code: HHDMI4071) is required to fully utilize the audio through HDMI features

Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support

ATI RadeonTM HD 4800 series GPUs offer full support for the new DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 10.1 API (Application Program Interface) from Microsoft; ready to meet the demanding needs of new, next generation games. DirectX 10 is the first totally new DirectX in the last 4 years and brings important graphics innovations that can be used by game developers for the next generation of games. DirectX 10 introduces crisp, never-beforeseen detail-rich images, visual effects and game dynamics capable of accurately simulating the real world. No matter which ATI RadeonTM HD 4800 Series GPU you choose, you can be assured that games will look as good as the developer intended!

ATI CrossFireXTM Technology

ATI CrossFireXTM multi-GPU technology takes your gaming experience to the next level with superb scalability, performance and compatibility. The technology combines the awe-inspiring capabilities of multiple ATI RadeonTM graphics cards and an ATI CrossFireX ready motherboard to meet the hard-core demands of your alternate reality. New ATI RadeonTM HD graphics cards are designed with an internal ATI CrossFireTM Bridge Interconnect system to simplify installation.

Microsoft® Windows Vista®

ATI RadeonTM HD 4800 series graphics cards provide support for the Microsoft® Windows Vista® operating system and take advantage of the Windows AeroTM graphical interface. You will be amazed by the dazzling 3D visual effects and have peace of mind that the ATI CatalystTM software and drivers are designed and thoroughly tested to ensure full compatibility and stability to help keep you up and running. All these new technologies and features make the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series of GPUs the ideal solution for ultimate HD gaming and HD video entertainment with the Windows Vista OS

ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 — GPU Specifications
  • 956 million transistors on 55nm fabrication process
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
  • 256-bit GDDR3/4/5 memory interface
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support
    • Shader Model 4.1
    • 32-bit floating point texture filtering
    • Indexed cube map arrays
    • Independent blend modes per render target
    • Pixel coverage sample masking
    • Read/write multi-sample surfaces with shaders
    • Gather4 texture fetching
  • Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture
    • 800 stream processing units
      • Dynamic load balancing and resource allocation for vertex, geometry, and pixel shaders
      • Common instruction set and texture unit access supported for all types of shaders
      • Dedicated branch execution units and texture address processors
    • 128-bit floating point precision for all operations
    • Command processor for reduced CPU overhead
    • Shader instruction and constant caches
    • Up to 160 texture fetches per clock cycle
    • Up to 128 textures per pixel
    • Fully associative multi-level texture cache design
    • DXTC and 3Dc+ texture compression
    • High resolution texture support (up to 8192 x 8192)
    • Fully associative texture Z/stencil cache designs
    • Double-sided hierarchical Z/stencil buffer
    • Re-Z, and Z Range optimization
    • Lossless Z & stencil compression (up to 128:1)
    • Lossless color compression (up to 8:1)
    • Up to 8 render targets (MRTs) with anti-aliasing
    • Accelerated physics processing
  • Dynamic Geometry Acceleration
    • High performance vertex cache
    • Programmable tessellation unit
    • Accelerated geometry shader path for geometry amplification
    • Memory read/write cache for improved stream output performance
  • Anti-aliasing features
    • Multi-sample anti-aliasing (2, 4, or 8 samples per pixel)
    • Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for improved quality
    • Adaptive super-sampling and multi-sampling
    • Gamma correct
    • Super AA (ATI CrossFireX™ configurations only)
    • All anti-aliasing features compatible with HDR rendering
  • Texture filtering features
    • 2x/4x/8x/16x high quality adaptive anisotropic filtering modes (up to 128 taps per pixel)
    • 128-bit floating point HDR texture filtering
    • sRGB filtering (gamma/degamma)
    • Percentage Closer Filtering (PCF)
    • Depth & stencil texture (DST) format support
    • Shared exponent HDR (RGBE 9:9:9:5) texture format support
  • OpenGL 2. 1 support
  • ATI Avivo™ HD Video and Display Platform6
    • Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2) for H.264/AVC, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video formats
      • High definition (HD) playback of Blu-ray and HD DVD video
      • Dual stream (HD+SD) playback support
      • DirectX Video Acceleration 1.0 & 2.0 support
      • Support for BD-Live certified applications
    • Hardware DivX and MPEG-1 video decode acceleration
    • Accelerated video transcoding & encoding for H.264 and MPEG-2 formats
    • ATI Avivo Video Post Processor6
      • Color space conversion
      • Chroma subsampling format conversion
      • Horizontal and vertical scaling
      • Gamma correction
      • Advanced vector adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing
      • De-blocking and noise reduction filtering
      • Detail enhancement
      • Color vibrance and flesh tone correction
      • Inverse telecine (2:2 and 3:2 pull-down correction)
      • Bad edit correction
      • Enhanced DVD upscaling (SD to HD)
      • Automatic dynamic contrast adjustment
    • Two independent display controllers
      • Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls and video overlays for each display
      • Full 30-bit display processing
      • Programmable piecewise linear gamma correction, color correction, and color space conversion
      • Spatial/temporal dithering provides 30-bit color quality on 24-bit and 18-bit displays
      • High quality pre- and post-scaling engines, with underscan support for all display outputs
      • Content-adaptive de-flicker filtering for interlaced displays
      • Fast, glitch-free mode switching
      • Hardware cursor
    • Two integrated dual-link DVI display outputs
      • Each supports 18-, 24-, and 30-bit digital displays at all resolutions up to 1920×1200 (single-link DVI) or 2560×1600 (dual-link DVI)2
      • Each includes a dual-link HDCP encoder with on-chip key storage for high resolution playback of protected content3
    • Two integrated 400 MHz 30-bit RAMDACs
      • Each supports analog displays connected by VGA at all resolutions up to 2048×15362
    • DisplayPort output support
      • 24- and 30-bit displays at all resolutions up to 2560×16002
    • HDMI output support
      • All display resolutions up to 1920×10802
      • Integrated HD audio controller with support for stereo and multi-channel (up to 7. 1) audio formats, including AC-3, AAC, DTS, DTS-HD & Dolby True-HD4, enabling a plug-and-play audio solution over HDMI
    • Integrated AMD Xilleon™ HDTV encoder
      • Provides high quality analog TV output (component/S-video/composite)
      • Supports SDTV and HDTV resolutions
      • Underscan and overscan compensation
    • Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time
    • VGA mode support on all display outputs
  • ATI PowerPlay™ Technology5
    • Advanced power management technology for optimal performance and power savings
    • Performance-on-Demand
      • Constantly monitors GPU activity, dynamically adjusting clocks and voltage based on user scenario
      • Clock and memory speed throttling
      • Voltage switching
      • Dynamic clock gating
      • Central thermal management – on-chip sensor monitors GPU temperature and triggers thermal actions as required
  • ATI CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology
    • Scale up rendering performance and image quality with two, three, or four GPUs
    • Integrated compositing engine
    • High performance dual channel bridge interconnect1
September 14th, 2010 at 07:11 am By Bayu

i will buy this card next month, it design was good, and the performance will kickass my old PCI-E Nvidia. GOOD HIS!

November 30th, 2009 at 01:24 pm By eric kellstrom

I used this card in my first ground-up
build, WOW what a great choice!
HIS hit the mark with this card.
I wish I had orderd 2 for crossfire.
I’ve search everywhere but all sold out!
Please tell me where I can buy another
one.
Everone else must have bought 2 and now
theres none left for me.

September 19th, 2009 at 04:26 pm By Khubaib

One of the best cards I ever used….

August 25th, 2009 at 12:04 pm By Hitachi654

I have not bought this product yet and i want it so bad.

August 17th, 2009 at 06:27 pm By shehroze malik

i just got my hands on iceq4+ 4870,it is an amazing card much better than my 3870 ati,
dont WASTE your money on Nivida as you can get more for paying way less

May 16th, 2009 at 07:50 pm By yavuz

Ürün mükemmel performanslı ve güçlü.tüm oyuları en yüksek gragikte açabiliyorum.

February 16th, 2009 at 11:47 pm By JAMES SMALLS

MY AGP 3850 IS SWEET IT WAS AGOOD FIRST STEP. MY NEWT STEP IS 3 4870 Q4’S BY THE END OF THIS MONTH WILL THEY RUN ON PCI-EXP V1.0 2 WILL SET TO BE CROSSFIRE . ALL WILL BE FOLDING

February 6th, 2009 at 06:53 am By marco

i brazilian and i has purchase this video card….men…
101% KICKASS OMG !!!!!

IS THE BEST CARD =D

January 24th, 2009 at 07:20 am By VJ87

Ever since the 4800 series came out i was waiting for the ICEQ versions from HIS, but sadly i couldn’t find any HIS product here in South Africa until now. The thing is i also couldn’t wait and had to go buy a standard MSI4850(only one available at that current time). I really think HIS has the BEST ATi products here, and am very UNhappy not to have one of these insanely beautiful HIS 4800 cards with the ICEQ4 cooler and blue board in my hands to show off with. Would have looked awesome with my Blue LED case fans!! I swear i would give my current one away for one of those!! Please HIS, send me one if possible…just kidding(but seriously if you can i would love you forever!!!)(Me==>the greatest ATi fan ever!!) 😀

January 19th, 2009 at 07:06 am By Tray-dogg [TD]

This card is realy amazing!!! i had the 3k series first, the 3870IceQ3 turbo. now i own 1 of these baby’s and it is a massive improvement in everything, especialy the cooling i just love it. if you are looking for a great card that cools well witout having to look for aftermarket cooling i suggest u get this baby. it is almost as u had antartica in your system :p. nice job HIS

January 15th, 2009 at 04:28 am By O.R.

This looks…amazing. Core Clock 770 MHz, and 4000 MHz memory clock, it’s really really great. I’m building a new system, since the one I have now it’s 8 years old… I’ve chosen to go with the HIS products, as video card, but since I don’t have the money to get this graphic card, I’ll go with the HD 4670, it’s the only one I can get now ;)) But really, this card looks like every gamers dream…I know mine is… And if you guys want a really good card, and you can buy it, don’t think about it, just buy it… as far as I saw, this is…everything you need in a good multimedia system…

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Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Toxic

Written by

Tim Smalley

February 23, 2009 | 10:54

Tags: #1gb #4870 #card #consumption #cooler #evaluation #hd #heat #overclocking #performance #power #radeon #review #rv770 #toxic #vapor-x #vapour

Companies: #ati #sapphire #test

1 — Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Toxic2 — Test Setup3 — Fallout 34 — Far Cry 2 — DirectX 10/10. 15 — Far Cry 2 — DirectX 9.06 — Crysis — DirectX 10 V. High7 — Crysis — DirectX 108 — Crysis — DirectX 9.09 — Call of Duty: World at War10 — S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky11 — Race Driver: GRID12 — Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway13 — Power Consumption14 — Heat15 — Overclocking & Final Thoughts

Manufacturer:Sapphire
UK Price (as reviewed):£193.72 (inc. VAT)
US Price (as reviewed):$212.18 (ex. Tax)

Core Clock: 780MHz
Memory Clock: 4,000MHz (effective)
Memory: 1GB GDDR5
Warranty: 2 years (parts and labour)

Sapphire first introduced a Toxic version of its Radeon HD 4870 graphics card in September 2008, but as the 1GB version of the HD 4870 hadn’t been launched by AMD at that point, we gave it a miss; once the 4870 1GB it quickly became our enthusiast graphics card of choice.

Despite the strength of the 1GB card, it wasn’t all plain sailing for AMD – the graphics card market has been an incredibly volatile place for the past six months or so and the two rivals have traded blow after blow in a fight for supremacy. It has been a great spectacle and we thought AMD had wrapped up the year, leaving Nvidia festering in the shadows.

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But then Nvidia released its 180 series drivers, which brought significant performance improvements and put the GeForce GTX 260-216 on a level playing field with the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. To make its card even more enticing, Nvidia lowered the price of the GT200 chips it was supplying to partners, enabling them to in turn bring their prices down to a more aggressive level to take the fight to AMD. The GeForce GTX 260-216 ended the year coming out on top as our preference in the all-important enthusiast segment.

Sapphire’s Radeon HD 4870 1GB Toxic graphics card utilizes Vapor-X, the vapour chamber cooling technology the company pioneered. Vapor-X was first introduced with the Radeon HD 3870 Atomic as part of a single-slot cooler that was quieter and better-performing than the stock, dual-slot cooler – we liked it so much that it made our list of great innovations in 2008.

The cooler on the Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Toxic unfortunately isn’t a single-slot model, but it’s still one of the quietest graphics card coolers we’ve tested to date – and it was incredibly efficient as well. Even when the card is fully loaded, there’s no sign of it ever approaching the levels of annoyance we were subjected to with Sapphire’s Radeon HD 4850 X2 – it’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

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This is down to the Vapor-X technology employed by Sapphire and regular readers will know how it works, but for those that don’t here’s a quick summary. It shares some similarities with traditional heatpipe cooling technology in that the primary goal is to move heat away from the source as quick as possible. Vapor-X achieves this by using a sealed chamber with a very low air pressure inside. The inside walls of the chamber are lined with a vaporisation wick that is saturated with pure water and, as the chamber heats up, the water heats up and vaporises.

This process causes it to move around the chamber until it hits the condensation wick – the coolest area in the chamber, as it’s the surface that comes into direct contact with the chamber’s top cover. Once the vapour hits this, it condenses as it’s cooled and changes state back to water – the heat is transferred away to the array of heatsink fins.

Sadly, the improved cooling solution hasn’t translated into a stupendously high overclock. The 780MHz core speed is very conservative, while the memory on the card is running at its rated speed. This should mean there’s a lot of untapped potential in this card. Had the company launched this product at a time when every penny counts, we’re sure that the clock speeds would have been pushed higher. This approach has an impact on yields though – that’s not ideal at the best of times and certainly not when we’re in a recession.

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The bundle is comprehensive and includes a wide selection of cables and software. There’s a couple of molex to 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors, a component cable, a composite converter, a DVI to VGA adapter and a DVI to HDMI dongle in addition to the obligatory CrossFire bridge. On the software front, there’s a retail copy of 3DMark Vantage, a selection of Cyberlink programs including PowerDVD and DVD Suite, a Ruby ROM disc and a driver/utility DVD. To finish off what is a pretty comprehensive bundle, Sapphire has added a manual and a Sapphire case badge.

Warranty

The Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Toxic comes complete with a two-year warranty that includes cover for parts and labour. During the first year of the product’s life, your point of contact should be the retailer. However, if you’re having problems getting hold of the retailer (or the retailer goes out of business), you should contact Sapphire’s support team directly. During the second year of the warranty period, you should talk directly with Sapphire.

1 — Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Toxic2 — Test Setup3 — Fallout 34 — Far Cry 2 — DirectX 10/10. 15 — Far Cry 2 — DirectX 9.06 — Crysis — DirectX 10 V. High7 — Crysis — DirectX 108 — Crysis — DirectX 9.09 — Call of Duty: World at War10 — S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky11 — Race Driver: GRID12 — Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway13 — Power Consumption14 — Heat15 — Overclocking & Final Thoughts

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Dying Light 2 Stay Human


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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor


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Rocket League


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I don’t know what to type here; I’m too excited.

HD 4870s! Two of them! — Inside. Click Click Click!

Published Jun 24, 2008 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 7:04 PM CST

Manufacturer: Sapphire

12 minute read time

Introduction

Given the level of excitement the HD 4850 left, not only with us, but also gamers and enthusiasts all over the world, the HD 4870 quickly became extremely anticipated by people. Will it beat the GTX 260? — How much faster than the HD 4850 is it? — Can it out-perform the GTX 280? — How does Crossfire scale?

These are all questions that we want answered, and today we intend to have answers for all of them. On paper the HD 4870 looks to be the right card for a lot of people. On the internet, looking at early prices it also seems to be the right one. Ultimately though, what it’s going to come down to is performance.

While the HD 4870 may come in significantly cheaper than the GTX 280, it can’t perform significantly lower; it’s aloud to be a little lower, but ultimately if AMD intend to get any form of speed crown it has to perform extremely well in a Crossfire environment. Crossfire is going to constantly have the upper hand over SLI thanks to the huge amount of Intel based chipsets out there and all of the people jumping on the CF bandwagon. It’s not only an easier setup, but a much cheaper one too.

We’ve got Sapphire cards again on hand; we say cards because we have two! — If one HD 4870 is exciting, then two is some word that I don’t think exists yet. Before we get into the benchmarks, we will have a look to see what Sapphire has done with the HD 4870 package and have a look at the core specifications in a bit of detail.

The Package

The first thing you notice is just how similar the box art is to that of the HD 4850. While we do have a slightly different lady on the front of the box, the rest of it is pretty similar. The middle has the «Prepare to Dominate….» motto while across the bottom we have the model and some of the main features.

Across the top of the card we have the Sapphire logo. Moving across, we have some ATI ones along with the Vista one. The top right corner mentions that the card is PCI Express. Just below this we have mention that a copy of 3DMark06 is included in the package along with 512MB of GDDR5 memory.

Turning the box over, we again have the model across the bottom. Above that we also have a number of awards that Sapphire has achieved over the years. We have a bit of a blurb on the right about the card and down the middle we have some more details on some of the main features the card offers.

Moving inside the box, we have the driver CD, quick install guide, full version copy of 3DMark06 as mentioned on the front of the box along with a little sticker so you can let people know what card (or cards in this case) are in your system.

As far as cables go, we have two Molex to 6-pin connectors, Component-out dongle and an S-Video to RCA convertor. We also have a DVI to VGA connector, DVI to HDMI connector and Crossfire connector.

The Card

While the cooler might be slightly different to the HD 3870, the card on a whole does feel very similar. Unlike the HD 4850, the card is of dual-slot design which means instead of the traditional fan style we have the same type that we saw on the HD 3870.

Of course, Sapphire has stickered the cooler up, letting people know that the card is from them.

Looking around the card, it’s simply awesome to see that AMD has opted for dual 6-pin PCI Express connectors over the use of an 8-pin one. This means that more people can simply get straight into using the card without having to lose other connectors, no thanks to the use of convertors.

The top of the card of course has our two Crossfire connectors that we will well and truly be making use of today.

The I/O side of things doesn’t hold any surprises such as HDMI connectors; we simply have two Dual Link DVI connectors and a single TV-Out port. Above that we have our exhaust outlet.

Specifications

There is a lot about the HD 4850 and HD 4870 that is very similar in the specification department; both cards have 965 million transistors, 55nm built core, 800 stream processors, 40 texture units and 16 render back ends.

The HD 4870 is more of a HD 4850 on steroids with a bump in the core from 625MHz to 750MHz and a MHz DDR memory clock on the 512MB of GDDR5 memory. The move from GDDR3 to GDDR5 has boosted the memory data rate massively from the 2Gbps that the HD 4850 offers to 3.6 Gbps.

The move to GDDR5 is meant to mean that the large 512-bit memory bus isn’t needed while still being able to offer massive performance. Ultimately there is only one way to find out if there is any truth to this though.

After looking at the performance of the 256-bit memory bus on the HD 4850, this isn’t really a concern for us. The main problem now is whether or not the HD 4870s are going to be hindered with only 512MB of memory compared to the 896MB found on the GTX 260 and the 1GB found on the GTX 280.

Test System Setup and 3DMark06

Test System Setup

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)
Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingston PC6400 DDR-2 3-3-3-10 (KHX6400D2ULK2/2G) (Supplied by Kingston)
Hard Disk(s): Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA-2 7200. 10 (Supplied by Seagate)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1
Drivers: Forceware 175.16 (9 Series) 177.34 (GTX 260/280) & Catalyst 8.6

We’ve got the HD 4870 against a flurry of cards here today. The one thing worth nothing is the price of the card; at launch we’re able to get into a pair of HD 4870s for under $850 AUD. This is about the same price as a single GTX 280, so when we talk about the performance between two HD 4870s and a single GTX 280, please remember that the two configurations are priced almost identically.

3DMark06

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/
Buy It Here

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

In our first test we can see where the cards all sit; the HD 4870 in CF offers some good gains over the single card while coming out on top. At the lower resolution we see the HD 4870 by itself outperforming the GTX 260 XXX, but as we go up, the heavily overclocked GTX 260 does come out ahead.

Benchmarks — 3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmarkvantage/
Buy It Here

3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.

3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.

The more intensive 3DMark Vantage really paints much of the same picture, though the HD 4870 in Crossfire comes out ahead over the overclocked GTX 280 by almost 20%.

Benchmarks — PT Boats: Knights of the Sea

PT Boats: Knights of the Sea

Version and / or Patch Used: Benchmark Demo
Developer Homepage: http://en.akella.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.pt-boats.net/

PT Boats: Knights of the Sea is a naval action simulator that places gamers in charge of a mosquito fleet of the Allied Forces, Russia or Germany during the height of World War II.

Using the latest Direct X 10 technology PT Boards — Knights of the Sea manages to apply a lot of stress to the components of today which in turn gives us quite an intensive benchmark.

We can see across the board that PT Boats seems to swing to the NVIDIA side of things. Single card performance is good with the 4870 sitting a bit behind the GTX 260 at the lower resolution. At 2560 x 1600, however, we see the card taking a mammoth hit in performance like all other ATI cards here.

Benchmarks — CINEBENCH R10

CINEBENCH R10

Version and / or Patch Used: Release 10
Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/
Product Homepage: http://www.maxon.net

CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer’s performace capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

MAXON CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based).

Single card CINEBENCH performance sits at around the same level as the GTX 200 cards. When in Crossfire the performance drops back a little, as CINEBENCH has absolutely no ability to make use of the second card.

Benchmarks — World in Conflict

World in Conflict

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0.5
Timedemo or Level Used: Built-in Test
Developer Homepage: http://www.massive.se
Product Homepage: http://www.worldinconflict.com

World in Conflict is a real-time strategy video game by Massive Entertainment and to be published by Sierra Entertainment for Windows (DX9 and DX10) and the Xbox 360.

The game is set in 1989 where economic troubles cripple the Soviet Union and threaten to dissolve it. However, the title pursues a «what if» scenario where, in this case, the Soviet Union does not collapse and instead pursues a course of war to remain in power. It is an intensive new game is sure to put plenty of stress on even the latest graphics cards and we use the built-in benchmarking for our testing.

Under WIC we can see the performance increase is only seen at the highest resolution. Unfortunately the numbers are at a similar level to the HD 4850 in CF. What’s interesting is that all the ATI cards score extremely close to each other; the NVIDIA cards on the other hand seem to perform better under WIC and don’t seem to be hitting any form of limitation.

Benchmarks — Crysis

Crysis

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2
Timedemo or Level Used: Custom time demo
Developer Homepage: http://www.crytek.com/
Product Homepage: http://www. ea.com/crysis/
Buy It Here

From the makers of Far Cry, Crysis offers FPS fans the best-looking, most highly-evolving gameplay, requiring the player to use adaptive tactics and total customization of weapons and armor to survive in dynamic, hostile environments including Zero-G.

Real time editing, bump mapping, dynamic lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features the CryENGINE 2 offers. The CryENGINE 2 comes complete with all of its internal tools and also includes the CryENGINE 2 Sandbox world editing system.

At the higher resolution we can see we get a slight advantage with Crossfire, though at 1280 x 1024 we don’t. Performance is actually a little lower with the second card added. The NVIDIA offerings do manage to come out ahead here, though the GTX 260 is only ever so slightly in front when compared to the single HD 4870.

Benchmarks — Unreal Tournament 3

Unreal Tournament 3

Version and / or Patch Used: 1. 1
Timedemo or Level Used:
Developer Homepage: http://www.epicgames.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.unrealtournament3.com/
Buy It Here

Following the formulae that made Unreal Tournament so great the third installment to the series has hit us recently with better than ever graphics. The games uses the latest Unreal Engine which like most modern day games when maxed out puts the pressure on our lineup of graphics cards.

Moving to CF, we see some good gains at the higher resolution. What we also see is that the HD 4850 and HD 4870 in CF perform quite close to each other. It’s more than possible at this kind of level that we really do begin to see some CPU limitation, even at 3GHz.

Benchmarks — High Quality AA and AF

High Quality AA and AF

Our high quality tests let us separate the men from the boys and the ladies from the girls. If the cards weren’t struggling before they will start to now.

3DMark06

Cranking up the AA and AF under 3DMark06; we can see that the Crossfire configuration is able to beat out everything. The single card solution sits only a little behind the heavily overclocked GTX 260 from XFX.

World In Conflict

What we see here under these extreme circumstances is the HD 4870 setup really shining against the single card. Compared to the GTX 280, there is only a few FPS between the two setups. The single card sits behind the GTX 260 while out performing everything else.

Temperature and Sound Tests

Temperature Tests

With the TES 1326 Infrared Thermometer literally in hand we found ourselves getting real-world temperatures from the products we test at load (3D clock speeds).

There are two places we pull temperature from — the back of the card directly behind the core and if the card is dual slot and has an exhaust point we also pull a temperate from there, as seen in the picture.

The dual slot cooler does wonders for the temperatures of the card, bringing it way down compared to the single slot HD 4850. The GTX 200 series do come in cooler, but you have to remember that a shroud is covering the card, making it harder to get a realistic reading.

Sound Tests

Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter we find ourselves quickly yelling into the top of it to see how loud we can be.

After five minutes of that we get a bit more serious and place the device two CM away from the fan on the card to find the maximum noise level of the card when idle (2D mode) and in load (3D mode).

Noise out of the dual slot cooler isn’t anything out of the ordinary, coming in at the low 60dB range.

Power Consumption Tests

Using our new PROVA Power Analyzer WM-01 or «Power Thingy» as it has become quickly known as to our readers, we are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into AC wall socket).

There are a few important notes to remember though; while our maximum power is taken in 3DMark06 at the same exact point, we have seen in particular tests the power being drawn as much as 10% more. We test at the exact same stage every time; therefore tests should be very consistent and accurate.

The other thing to remember is that our test system is bare minimum — only a 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD ROM or many cooling fans.

So while the system might draw 400 watts in our test system, placing it into your own PC with a number of other items, the draw is going to be higher.

It doesn’t come as any real surprise that two HD 4870s manage to draw the most power, coming in at over 400 watts. Idle sits pretty high at 284; the single card looks better with just under 200 watts for idle and 278 watts at load, putting it between the GTX 260 and GTX 280.

Final Thoughts

The single HD 4870 does an excellent job at standing its ground, floating around the GTX 260 XXX card we have here today. Like the HD 4850, turning on AA doesn’t cause the card to fall to its knees as was the case with the HD 3800 series of cards of last generation.

The dual-slot cooler does a good job of keeping noise to a dull roar, while helping drop those temps as well. This was something that was a concern with the HD 4850; there isn’t a doubt in our mind that we will see companies begin to change the HD 4850 cooler to dual-slot options to get the temps way down and likely below it’s big brother; the HD 4870.

The main problem that we really have is at 3GHz on a quad core we do feel somewhat CPU limited, with little gains seen with the implementation of CrossFire in the real world environment. Fortunately, we will be strapping the two cards into a 4GHz test bed soon enough, which should hopefully let these cards shine.

If you’re looking for a new single card graphics card solution, which way do you go? — Well, the HD 4870 manages to come in lower than the GTX 260 while on the most part being able to compete with it, though the latter card is heavily overclocked. That’s good news for ATI since the HD 4870 here hasn’t got its clockspeeds increased at all.

If you have an SLI motherboard, well, you have two options. If you’re going to actually make use of SLI, go for the GTX 260; you really don’t have any other choice when it comes down to it, since the board can’t make use of CrossFire. If you’re not going to make use of SLI, we would probably opt for the HD 4870 and begin to overclock it! If you’re on an X48 or X38 board, the choice is easy; go the HD 4870 and start saving for that second card straight away.

If you’re on a board that doesn’t have dual x16 slots, then we would probably look at the HD 4870, or if money isn’t an issue then the GTX 280 would make sense due to the simple fact that the GTX 280 is the fastest single GPU solution on the market today. The good news for AMD is that it doesn’t smash the HD 4870; the leads are only small and the price gap is literally double.

As someone who is about to build a new personal test system, I will be going for a pair of HD 4870s on an ASUS P5E64 WS Evolution which carries with it dual x16 slots. The price of the X48 based chipsets compared to 780i and 790i are significantly lower, and for the most part enthusiasts will say that the Intel based chipsets are the nicer boards.

With that done, it’s time to jump in the car and head on over to see the boys at IBP, because like the HD 4850 I think once we give these cards another GHz to play with we should really see some significant performance increases.

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Shawn Baker

Shawn takes care of all of our video card reviews. From 2009, Shawn is also taking care of our memory reviews, and from May 2011, Shawn also takes care of our CPU, chipset and motherboard reviews. As of December 2011, Shawn is based out of Taipei, Taiwan.

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Radeon HD 4870 video card [in 1 benchmark]

ATI
Radeon HD 4870

  • PCIe 2.0 x16 interface
  • Core frequency 750 MHz
  • Video memory size 1024
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory frequency 3600 MHz
  • Maximum resolution

Description

ATI started Radeon HD 4870 sales on June 25, 2008 at a suggested price of $299. This is a desktop video card based on the TeraScale architecture and 55 nm manufacturing process, primarily designed for office use. It has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory at 3.6 GHz, and coupled with a 256-bit interface, this creates a bandwidth of 115.2 Gb / s.

In terms of compatibility, this is a two-slot PCIe 2.0 x16 card. The length of the reference version is 250 mm. The connection requires two 6-pin additional power cables, and the power consumption is 150W.

It provides poor performance in tests and games at the level of

4.74%

from the leader, which is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.


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3090 Ti

General information

Information about the type (desktop or laptop) and architecture of Radeon HD 4870, as well as when sales started and cost at that time.

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Read the release notes, it says which cards are supported. The only thing, according to the link for beta, they are not constant, as for WHQL, but are updated for the current release.

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Compare AMD Radeon HD 8670M and ATI Radeon HD 4870

Comparative analysis of AMD Radeon HD 8670M and ATI Radeon HD 4870 video cards by all known characteristics in the categories: General information, Specifications, Video outputs and ports, Compatibility, dimensions, requirements, API support, Memory.
Analysis of video card performance by benchmarks: PassMark — G3D Mark, PassMark — G2D Mark, Geekbench — OpenCL, CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — Face Detection (mPixels/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — Ocean Surface Simulation (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — T -Rex (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — Video Composition (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — Bitcoin Mining (mHash/s), GFXBench 4.0 — Car Chase Offscreen (Frames), GFXBench 4.0 — Manhattan (Frames), GFXBench 4.0 — T-Rex (Frames), GFXBench 4.0 — Car Chase Offscreen (Fps), GFXBench 4.0 — Manhattan (Fps), GFXBench 4.0 — T-Rex (Fps).

AMD Radeon HD 8670M

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ATI Radeon HD 4870

Benefits

Reasons to choose AMD Radeon HD 8670M

  • Newer video card, release dates difference 4 year(s) 8 month(s)
  • 775 MHz vs 750 MHz

  • A newer manufacturing process for the video card allows it to be more powerful, but with lower power consumption: 28 nm vs 55 nm
  • 4 times more maximum memory size: 2 GB vs 512 MB
  • 7. 5 times more performance in PassMark — G2D Mark benchmark: 488 vs 65
Performance rating 599

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  • Features

    Radeon HD 4870’s general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. They indirectly speak about Radeon HD 4870’s performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

    Number of Stream Processors 90 ti)
    Memorial capacity 115.2 GB/s of 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

    Video outputs

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    Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 4870. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for laptop ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

    N/A

    These are the results of Radeon HD 4870 rendering performance tests in non-gaming benchmarks. The overall score is set from 0 to 100, where 100 corresponds to the fastest video card at the moment.


    Overall performance in tests

    This is our overall performance rating. We regularly improve our algorithms, but if you find any inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in the comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

    ATI HD 4870
    4.74

    • Passmark
    Passmark

    This is a very common benchmark included in the Passmark PerformanceTest package. He gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation by running four separate tests for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the latter is done in 4K resolution if possible), and a few more tests using DirectCompute.

    Benchmark coverage: 26%

    ATI HD 4870
    1396


    Game tests

    FPS in popular games on the Radeon HD 4870, as well as compliance with system requirements. Remember that the official requirements of the developers do not always match the data of real tests.

    Medium FPS
    Popular games

    Relative performance

    Radeon HD 4870 overall performance compared to its nearest desktop competitor.


    ATI Radeon HD 4890
    108.86

    AMD Radeon 550X
    102.32

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
    100.21

    ATI Radeon HD 4870
    100

    AMD Radeon 540
    96.62

    AMD FireStream 9270
    95.99

    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    95.78

    Competitor from NVIDIA

    We believe that the closest equivalent to Radeon HD 4870 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 275, which is approximately equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.


    GeForce GTX
    275

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    Here are some of NVIDIA’s closest competitors to the Radeon HD 4870:

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    110. 34

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
    110.13

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
    100.21

    ATI Radeon HD 4870
    100

    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    95.78

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    87.76

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
    87.13

    Other video cards

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    GeForce GTX
    275

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    firestream
    9270

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    Radeon HD
    4870X2

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    Radeon HD
    4890

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    GeForce GTX
    285

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    Radeon HD
    6770

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    Recommended Processors

    According to our statistics, these processors are most often used with the Radeon HD 4870.


    Core 2
    Quad Q6600

    3.3%


    Core 2
    Duo E8400

    3.1%


    Core 2
    Quad Q9550

    2%


    Athlon II
    X4 640

    1.7%


    Core 2
    Quad Q8400

    1.7%


    Core 2
    Duo E7400

    1.6%


    Athlon II
    X2 250

    1.6%


    xeon
    E5440

    1.4%


    xeon
    E5430

    1.2%


    Core i5
    3470

    1. 2%

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    Radeon HD 4870 architecture features | Radeon HD4xxx series | Video cards AMD

    If in the case of RV670 (Radeon HD 38×0) the legitimacy of assigning the next generation number could be questioned, since this GPU differed little from the core of the previous generation, R600 (Radeon HD 2900), then with RV770 there are no such doubts — this is really a new product, albeit inheriting most of the features of its predecessors. The new family was named ATI Radeon HD 4800, and the naming scheme for different graphics card models, first used by ATI in the ATI Radeon HD 3800 family, is retained: the first digit means the generation of the graphics architecture, the second — the family, and the last two — the model of a particular video adapter.

    The RV770 core consists of 956 million transistors, which is quite impressive at first glance, however, it is not an absolute record in the industry; The palm in this area belongs to Nvidia with its GT200 chip, which has 1.4 billion transistors. The superiority can be called doubtful, since ATI’s competitor uses a less advanced 65-nm process technology, which, given the huge area and complexity of such a core, automatically means a smaller number of cores on the substrate and a lower yield, and, consequently, a significantly higher production cost, however, such an approach is a typical Nvidia tactic in recent years. Cards based on the GT200 are unlikely to become cheap over time, unlike the new ATI solutions using the RV770. Thus, the strategy chosen by ATI Technologies, at first glance, fully justifies itself.

    It should be noted that the GPU frequencies have been noticeably lowered compared to cards based on the previous generation GPU, RV670, which can be explained by the significantly increased complexity of the new core. Given the increased processing and texturing power, this should not be any problem. Another interesting detail that deserves attention: the use of fast GDDR5 memory in the older ATI Radeon HD 4800 model made it possible to achieve high bandwidth without resorting to expanding the external access bus, as ATI did last year and Nvidia is doing now. An increase in the memory bus width over the traditional 256 bits leads to a significant complication of the printed circuit board, and, consequently, to its rise in price. Of course, GDDR5 memory is more expensive than the widely used GDDR3, but this difference seems to be more than made up for by the simpler PCB design.

    It is clearly seen that the topology of the memory access subsystem as a whole is preserved, although now it cannot be called ring: almost every memory controller is connected by a bidirectional interface to another, however, the «ring» itself is no longer closed. The memory access interface is still located around the perimeter of the chip, and next to it are the functional blocks that are most critical to bandwidth: – PCI Express bus interface, CrossFireX interface, UVD2 video processor, display controllers, etc. The memory subsystem resource utilization efficiency in previous generations of ATI Radeon HD already reached 85% according to ATI, and the RV770 topology optimization made it possible to bring it almost to the maximum. Together with the ability to use fast GDDR5 memory, this eliminated the need for developers to use an external bus with a capacity of more than 256 bits, which had a positive effect on the simplicity of the design of ATI Radeon HD 4800 printed circuit boards.

    A key part of any graphics core with a modern architecture is the task manager block, which is entrusted with the work of distributing available processor resources in such a way that all its parts are maximally loaded, and, therefore, performance tends to be as high as possible.

    The task manager block first appeared as part of the ATI Radeon X1000 family, where it could manage 512 code branches of 16 pixels each. The second version of the task distribution processor was introduced in the ATI Radeon HD 2000. The new handler not only could process more code branches, but also do it more accurately and efficiently — the minimum branch size was reduced from 16 to 5 pixels.

    The computing part of the R600 and RV670 consisted of 64 universal modules, each of which included five ALUs, a flow control unit, and an array of general purpose registers. Four out of five ALUs were quite simple devices capable of executing one FP MAD instruction per cycle, and the fourth was complex, able to work with complex SIN, COS, LOG, EXP, etc. instructions. In fact, each computing module was a processor with a five-stage pipeline.

    In theory, such an organization made it possible to talk about the presence of 320 actuators, but in fact, this was true only for the case of a full load of all 64 pipelines, which in practice was far from always provided: in three-dimensional applications, many operations depend on the results of previous operations , so it is not easy to achieve consistent pipeline operation. This requires significant optimizations for a specific application at the level of Catalyst drivers, but it is not always possible to get access to the software «stuffing» of the game, at least until its official release.

    As a result, in practice, it often turned out that only one ALU in each compute module was doing useful work, which significantly reduced the potential of the ATI Radeon HD architecture and led to a lag in games from solutions based on Nvidia G80/G92. The latter not only had more independent computing units, but these units also operated at higher clock frequencies. By creating the RV770, the ATI development team solved the problem of the possible inefficiency of the superscalar architecture in a direct way, namely, by increasing the number of computing modules from 64 to 160. Of course, this increased the number of transistors on the core, however, the use of the 55-nm process technology made it possible to keep its area is within reasonable limits.

    The architecture of the modules itself has not undergone noticeable changes, and they still consist of 5 ALUs, a flow control unit and a set of general-purpose registers:

    simply increasing their number from 64 to 160 can make the Radeon HD 4800 a competitive solution even in conditions that are not very favorable for this architecture. And that is not all; as mentioned above, changes are also present at a more global level — the level of core topology. While partially maintaining the ring topology, the layout of the functional blocks has been optimized. The RV770 computing modules are combined into 10 SIMD cores (previously there were 4 such cores), 16 modules (80 ALUs) each.

    The main bottleneck in the ATI R600 and RV670 graphics cores was the texture processor subsystem.

    Firstly, there were only 16 of them (4 large blocks), which was clearly not enough, even despite the trend of the prevalence of mathematical special effects over the use of complex high-resolution textures, due to the orientation of game developers towards multiplatform. Secondly, there was only one filtering unit for every two texture address units, which significantly reduced the efficiency of texture units when performing texture filtering, especially anisotropic filtering, which is used everywhere today, and there is no reason to assume that its use will be abandoned in the future.

    When developing the RV770, these shortcomings were taken into account, and the new core received new texture processors:

    Their design was completely redesigned, and now each TMU contains 16 FP32 texture fetch units, 4 addressing units and 4 filtering units. It would seem that the sampling efficiency should drop, however, this is compensated by the doubled bandwidth of the bus connecting the TMU and texture caches. ATI managed to achieve a 2.5x increase in the filtering speed for 32-bit textures and 1.5x for 64-bit textures, which looks very good in theory, and will most likely have a very positive effect on the performance of the new GPU in real conditions.

    Texture processors are still combined into large modules of 4 TMUs, and each such module serves one of the 10 SIMD cores. Optimization, expressed in the rejection of unnecessary blocks, made it possible to reduce the number of transistors that make up the TMU, and, accordingly, place more of them on a chip with relatively little bloodshed, while keeping the complexity and area of ​​the core within reasonable limits.

    The cache subsystem is an important part of the GPU texture subsystem, and in the RV770 it has also undergone a significant upgrade:

    First of all, we should note the increased bandwidth: now the texture fetch rate from the first level caches is an impressive 480 GB/s, while the first and second levels caches can communicate at a speed of 384 GB/s. Secondly, each SIMD core now has its own first-level cache, which has a beneficial effect on data storage efficiency. Thirdly, second-level caches are coordinated with memory controllers, and, finally, fourthly, RV770 has a separate cache for storing vertex data. The improvements are not as obvious as in the case of the texture processor architecture, however, they will certainly make a significant contribution to the performance boost of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 in games. It’s safe to say that the new ATI graphics processor is completely free from the main bottleneck of the ATI Radeon HD architecture and can now compete on equal terms with Nvidia solutions where the latter were traditionally strong, namely, in operations with textures. Here, ATI’s approach to designing GPUs is most clearly manifested — optimization instead of direct increase in power.

    Raster processors, referred to as render back-ends in ATI terminology, have never been a dramatic bottleneck in the ATI Radeon HD architecture, however, they have been improved in the RV770, although the total number of these modules has not changed: there are still four of them in the core , which allows us to talk about the equivalent of 16 classic ROPs.

    In addition to other innovations included in the ATI RV770, we should note new features of the video engine, in particular, a new sound controller and some software improvements.

    Realtek’s 8-channel audio controller, which supports audio streams up to 6.144 Mbps and 192 kHz sampling rates in AC3, DTS, Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD formats, is the main HD enhancement. The enhanced capabilities of the new audio core are of great importance to those who plan to use the ATI Radeon HD 4000 as part of a home multimedia center. What’s more, ATI’s Radeon HD 4800s are currently the only graphics cards in the world to natively support 8-channel HD audio, with the ability to output it via HDMI — a significant advantage over competing Nvidia solutions.

    To power the Radeon HD4870, there are two 6-pin connectors in the tail of the video card, unlike the younger Radeon HD4850, which has only one connector. A reinforced power system was required for the stable operation of the video card at higher frequencies. So, compared to the Radeon HD4850 ​​video card, the Radeon HD4870 GPU frequency is 125 MHz higher and equal to 750 MHz, and the effective GDDR5 video memory frequency is 3600 MHz, which is significantly higher than 1986 MHz, which is used by the video memory of the Radeon HD4850 ​​video card. True, it is worth making a reservation here, the real frequency of the new GDDR5 memory is 900 MHz, it just transfers not twice, but four times more information in one clock cycle compared to «ordinary» non-DDR memory.

    Characteristics ATI Radeon HD 4870

    Video connectors
    OpenCl 1.1
    VULKAN
    Name Radeon HD 4870
    Core RV770XT
    Process (µm) 55
    Transistors (millions) 956
    Core clock 750
    Memory frequency (DDR) 900 (3600 QDR)
    Bus and memory type GDDR5 256-bit
    Bandwidth (Gb/s) 115.2
    Unified shaders 800
    Unified shader frequency 750
    TMU for conveyor 40
    ROP 16
    Shaders Model 4. 1
    Fill Rate (Mtex/s) 30000
    DirectX 10.1
    Memory capacity 512/1024
    Interface PCIe 2.0

    The video card Radeon HD4870 turned out to be the real competitor for the GeForce GTX 260 video card from NVIDIA. We have not seen this for a long time, because the «top» representatives of the two previous families of video cards from AMD could compete with NVIDIA products only in words, but in reality they were too slow. Obviously, the new shader unit with an increased number of stream processors and a changed architecture turned out to be more powerful than the shader unit in the GeForce GTX 260 video card. True, the new product falls short of the GeForce GTX 280, but at the same time it provides comfortable gameplay in almost all modern games.

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    Content

    • 1 Current Case Class

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    • 6 Direct competitor
    • 7 Looks and quality
    • 8 Chasing the stars
    • 9 Affordable product
    • 10 Gaming performance and overclocking potential
    • 11 Problems with drivers and their solution
    • 12 Reviews of users
    • 13 Based on
    • 14 Description
    • 15 Positioning
    • 16 Supply Supply
    • 19 MODICATIONS SPD ASUS

    • 20 Modifications from Gigabyte
    • 21 Features of use
    • 22 Instructions for use
    • 23 Reviews
    • 24 Summary

    Each brand in the electronics market has one unique product that brought fame to its manufacturer and went down in history due to its features. At ATI, such a flagship is the Radeon HD 4870 gaming video adapter. The review, specifications, photos, reviews of the owners in this article will allow the reader to get to know this interesting product better.

    Current state of affairs

    It should be noted right away that the once popular and very high-performance video card has been occupying the last positions in the rating of gaming devices for several years, however, as practice shows, the graphics accelerator is not going to give up without a fight. If the reader looks at the system requirements for the latest games released on the market a few months ago, he will certainly see that for a comfortable game, the developers recommend using the Radeon HD 4870, the characteristics of which meet the minimum requirements.

    It is clear that this video adapter is unlikely to be suitable for playing at high resolutions in a resource-intensive application, but the graphics accelerator still has potential, especially when it comes to a dual-core representative of the market. But first things first.

    Entry-level gaming class

    The Radeon HD 4870 video card, unlike other products of the 4000 series of ATI video adapters, received a new RV770 core, and, accordingly, a modern set of instructions supporting all technologies existing at that time. On the area of ​​the crystal core of 256 mm 2, the manufacturer managed to place almost 1 billion transistors. The graphics accelerator has 800 universal processors, 16 rasterization units and 40 texture units. This video card was one of the first to receive an advanced 256-bit GDDR5 bus, operating at a frequency of 900 MHz.

    The factory graphics core received a lower frequency equal to 750 MHz. However, the reader should not pay attention to this indicator, since the final products released under well-known brands have solved the issue with the speed of the GPU. It is better to pay attention to the power consumption of the gaming adapter — 160 watts at maximum load. There is something to think about for all owners of low-power power supplies.

    All known technologies

    Since performance characteristics are in the first place for the Radeon HD 4870 video adapter, the manufacturer simply had to provide his product with the DirectX 10.1 libraries that were relevant at that time. The OpenGL standard is limited to 3.1, which greatly confuses potential buyers, because at the time of the presentation of the device, OpenGL 4.0 had already been announced. The most interesting thing is that the device received support for the new shaders version 4.1. It is this technology that still allows the video card to remain in demand in the gaming market. The video adapter works with the outdated PCEex16 version 2.0 interface. The maximum degree of anisotropic filtering is 16x.

    Equally important for the graphics accelerator is the support for popular video outputs DisplayPort and HDMI. The audio controller integrated on the video adapter also supports the transmission of 7-channel audio. Surprisingly, this technology has been implemented on discrete platforms for both personal computers and mobile devices. It is worth noting that the analog video output is limited to a resolution of 2048×1536 dpi, while the digital interface is no better at 2560×1600 dpi.

    Double whammy

    After conducting the first tests of the gaming video adapter in the laboratory, technologists came to the conclusion that the Radeon HD 4870 video card, the characteristics of which can be improved, can become ATI’s flagship. The changes affected primarily the power supply system and phase distribution. The manufacturer also installed two RV770 graphics cores on the video adapter. As a result, the market saw a new performance champion in tests and games — the HD 4870 X2 graphics card.

    All characteristics of the nominal device have actually doubled. Even in lab tests, the video adapter showed identical results to the base unit running in CrossFire X2 mode. The only difference that should be attributed to the advantages is the reduction in power consumption by the device. The manufacturer managed to reduce the consumption of two cores to 280 watts. This looks rather strange. After all, logically, the manufacturer simply had to rebrand single-core chips with high power consumption.

    Strike while the iron is hot

    Notebook manufacturers are also interested in the gaming graphics core, so ATI has introduced a mobile solution based on the new graphics core to the market. Since temperature and power consumption are critical indicators for the Radeon HD 4870 chip, the manufacturer was forced to reduce the frequency of the graphics processor to 550 MHz. But even these figures are enough for gaming laptops to provide a comfortable game for many users.

    All parameters, including the technologies used, migrated to the mobile platform. Naturally, the 256-bit GDDR5 bus with a capacity of 1 GB did not go unnoticed by many potential buyers. As you might expect, many laptop manufacturers have not paid due attention to the cooling system, which is why they have attracted a lot of negativity from mobile device owners. Due to massive user dissatisfaction, manufacturers soon abandoned the Radeon HD 4870.

    Direct competitor

    AMD started a storm of activity in creating a gaming solution after the product of the competitor Geforce 9800 GT appeared on the market. The Radeon HD 4870 was supposed to move the market leader in the gaming segment. But, as often happens, the company’s technologists overdid it and outperformed the Nvidia graphics accelerator in performance. Many experts in their reviews assure others that this particular chip is the connecting link between the two generations of gaming video cards.

    And if we return to the competition, then we can safely say that the Radeon HD 4870 accelerated the emergence of new productive devices on the gaming market. After all, the Nvidia GTX 260 graphics accelerator became the first representative of a new generation of video adapters, which was supposed to outperform all competitors.

    Appearance and quality

    The plastic protective housing and turbofan on the Radeon HD 4870 graphics accelerator (the device photo can be seen in this article) indicate that the buyer is a representative of the gaming segment. The printed circuit board of the video card is made using red textolite, and the radiator shroud and high-frequency cooler have a bright scarlet color to match the AMD product.

    A detailed study of the placement of microcircuits on a graphics accelerator will make it clear to any user that the manufacturer will not sell its products at retail, but will provide this opportunity to the leaders of the computer market. Naturally, the brand that can provide a device with powerful heat dissipation with a decent cooling system will win the performance race.

    Chasing the Stars

    Starting with the Radeon HD 4870 graphics accelerator, the review is better with the most productive products from HIS and Sapphire, which used the 4870 X2 chip with two cores to create gaming solutions. Many owners in their reviews note that at the time of the announcement, these video cards simply had no competitors in the market for gaming components for a computer. In addition to high performance, video adapters have a lot of other advantages:

    • a unique package that includes a set of necessary adapters and interface cables;
    • completely redesigned PCB power system with the addition of several phases;
    • replacement of electrolytic capacitors with solid capacitors;
    • is equipped with a cooling system of its own production with efficient heat removal from both the graphics core and memory chips.

    Returning to the HIS product bundle, it is worth noting that the manufacturer has equipped its video card with a proprietary device that combines a screwdriver, a level and a flashlight. Also in the box, the buyer will find a coupon for a free download of any licensed game from the Half-Life series.

    Affordable product

    The best-selling video adapter based on the Radeon HD 4870 chip, which all enthusiasts of the world preferred to compare with, is a product from ASUS. The manufacturer managed to achieve the golden mean in terms of price-performance, forcing many representatives of the initial gaming segment to reduce the cost of their products in order to somehow stay on the market.

    The main feature of the video card is the increase in the number of phases by the developer to power the circuits of the printed circuit board. The technologists also developed an efficient open-type cooling system. The core and radiator of the cooler are made of pure copper and are mounted in the device only on the graphics core. The memory chips (the volume of which has been halved and amounted to only 512 MB) are superficially blown by the fan and do not have their own heatsinks to remove heat.

    Gaming performance and overclocking potential

    Many owners in their reviews note that the performance characteristics of the Radeon HD 4870 1 Gb video card directly depend on the operation of the graphics core. Accordingly, for overclocking, you need to worry about the presence of a powerful cooling system. All products with the HD 4870 chip have some problems with memory modules. Not a single brand could overcome the barrier of 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective frequency). There is only one conclusion — the printed circuit board has problems when working with fast memory. There is only one advantage here — the memory chips do not heat up.

    The customer can count on the performance of the gaming adapter with games such as Crysis 4, World of Tanks and their counterparts that use the overall power of the computer, and do not emphasize the potential of the graphics accelerator. As practice shows, it is better to install the Radeon HD 4870 video card with a low-frequency dual-core or 4-core processor.

    Driver problems and solutions

    After the release of the Windows 10 update to the global market, many gamers have problems installing drivers. On the official website of the manufacturer, there is no software support for all devices based on the 4000 series of video cards. Once again, AMD, after updating the operating system, refuses to support its products (the competitor Nvidia has much higher loyalty to the owners of old devices).

    In order to correctly connect to the Radeon HD 4870 video card at the software level, you need to use Windows Update. You do not need to expect that the full package of utilities will be loaded, it just needs to be downloaded from the official website of the manufacturer. Microsoft will provide only one driver that will ensure that the graphics accelerator is compatible with the motherboard when connected. This approach of the manufacturer AMD to customers causes a lot of negativity from the owners of all devices based on Radeon.

    User reviews

    By overlooking driver issues, the customer may find that the video adapter has a bigger problem. Regarding the graphics accelerator based on the Radeon HD 4870 chip, the reviews of the owners contain a lot of negativity about the power consumption of the device (after all, 160 watts). Considering the game processor, memory modules and several hard drives, a 600-750 W power supply should be on hand. And these are only one-time expenses, and many people forget about monthly electricity consumption.

    Nvidia’s power consumption problem disappeared in 2011 when the manufacturer switched to 11nm technology, ushering in a new era of energy efficient devices. There is something to think about not only for potential buyers, but also for owners of gaming devices who, in search of a golden mean, are not very versed in financial calculations.

    In conclusion

    Regarding the Radeon HD 4870 video adapter, there are two opinions. On the one hand, this is a high-performance device that has not lost its relevance after several years of sales due to the large performance potential laid down at the factory. On the other hand, we cannot turn a blind eye to the negative reaction of users who were forced by the gaming video adapter to purchase a powerful power supply and monthly electricity costs. And after the release of Windows 10, in general, many potential buyers simply turned their backs on AMD products, because it is logical to assume that with the release of version 11 of the operating system, support for the 5000th line of gaming video cards may also end.

    Description

    ATI started Radeon HD 4870 sales on June 25, 2008 at a suggested price of $299. This is a desktop video card based on the TeraScale architecture and 55 nm manufacturing process, primarily designed for office use. It has 512 MB of GDDR5 memory at 3. 6 GHz, and coupled with a 256-bit interface, this creates a bandwidth of 115.2 GB / s.

    In terms of compatibility, this is a dual-slot PCIe 2.0 x16 card. The length of the reference version is 250 mm. The connection requires two 6-pin additional power cables, and the power consumption is 150W.

    It delivers poor benchmark and gaming performance of 1.74% of the leader, which is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (mobile).

    A good graphics card is essential for a gaming PC. However, this computer component is also important for a regular PC. It is this part of the system unit that is responsible for displaying the image on the monitor screen. The image quality directly depends on the quality of the video card. And there is no escape from this fact. Therefore, the choice of a video card is a very important stage in assembling a computer. In the category of budget video adapters, a product called Radeon HD 4870 is of interest. This product is interesting, first of all, for its low price. Now it is worth considering the parameters of this video card in order to understand whether it is worth the money spent.

    It is worth noting that AMD (the developer of this video card) has been pleasing users with its productive and moderately expensive solutions for a long time. Now many know this company as a sworn enemy of Intel. But it was not always so. There was a time when no Intel could keep up with AMD. And now the manufacturer is trying with might and main to regain the leader’s jersey. But it gets harder every year to do so. Nevertheless, AMD looks at things optimistically and simply delights its loyal fans with new «goodies». And the video card in question is one of them.

    Positioning

    The 4870 chip was released by AMD quite a long time ago. After that, who just did not modify this video card. Almost no one has achieved outstanding success in this field. Only ASUS got at least something adequate. ATI Radeon HD 4870 at the time of release was positioned as an inexpensive video card for gamers. However, since that moment a lot of water has flowed under the bridge and now this card is not particularly powerful. There is nothing interesting in it. That’s why it’s worth every penny.

    Potential buyers of this video card are those users who do not need modern games at all. For all other tasks, the Radeon HD 4870 will do just fine. In this case, you do not have to pay extra. For reasonable money, the user gets a good video card and several branded «buns» in the kit. The accessories that come with the accelerator may differ depending on which company released the video card. Some modified models were produced by such giants as ASUS, Palit and Gigabyte.

    Scope of delivery

    This depends on the manufacturer. But there are some components that remain unchanged. This is a sine qua non for AMD. Thus, the presence of a CrossFire connector and a complete set of adapters for various interfaces is strictly regulated. The completeness of these components must be provided by any manufacturer. The Radeon HD 4870 comes in the required branded packaging. But the contents of the kit may change. However, manufacturers still did not dare to particularly upset the fans of the brand, so they put in the kit almost everything the same as in the original package of the video card.

    For example, ASUS supplies its video cards with a 2 GB key fob, a branded leather mat and a full set of instructions (including electronic ones). The delivery package from Palit is similar to Taiwanese, but there is no USB key fob. The kit includes all kinds of adapters and connectors. So there will be no connection problems. Some manufacturers supply their cards with special connectors for HDMI, DVI, and so on. Naturally, in this case, the number of adapters in the kit increases.

    Main characteristics

    The main characteristics of the video card Radeon HD 4870 almost do not change from modification to modification. It’s just that some manufacturers supply it with slightly different components that change its minor characteristics in one direction or another. Therefore, the characteristics of the original ATI Radeon HD 4870 can be considered reference. The original accelerator has on board 512 MB of GDDR5 video memory, a 256-bit bus and an operating core frequency of 750 MHz.

    Modifications from ASUS and Palit are similar to the original. Only the memory in them is 1028 megabytes. They also have chips from Hinyx, which have more memory and better performance. The cooling system has also been slightly changed. Third-party products also provide the ability to overclock the video card, which is not in the original. However, in both modifications, it is possible to implement the Radeon HD 4870 X2 variant using SLI CrossFire, which comes with the video card.

    Another important factor is that the video card processor is made according to the 55 micron process technology. This means that performance has been improved with fewer cores. Such video cards are usually many times more powerful than conventional ones, which can have much more «tasty» characteristics. In addition, this video accelerator has support for Shaders Model 4.1 and easily handles almost any game. Though not with the highest graphics settings.

    Modifications from ASUS

    ASUS Radeon HD 4870 1GB differs from the original in increased memory capacity, a slightly different chipset and a completely different cooling system. If laptops from this manufacturer heat up like pans, then the same cannot be said about video cards. Thanks to a powerful cooling system, the accelerator from ASUS is gigantic in size. But the security of the chip is worth it. The cooling system is doing its job.

    This product also has overclocking capability. Unlike the standard ATI Radeon HD 4870, the driver does not have this very nice feature. A special utility is responsible for overclocking, which comes with the software package for the video card. You should not be afraid of overheating, since the accelerator will still not be able to overclock above certain frequencies. And with those overloads that are «programmed» the cooling system will cope without problems.

    A manufacturer from Taiwan artificially limited the overclocking capabilities of this video card, but this in no way could stop enthusiasts. With the help of specialized programs, they have achieved a good increase in productivity. However, some «inept» completely forgot about the cooling system. And as a result, we got a «fried» video card. Don’t repeat their mistakes. And remember that the video card works stably only at the frequencies provided by the manufacturer. Everything else you do at your own peril and risk. And yes. Overclocking is a non-warranty case.

    Mods by Palit

    This company is well known for its graphics cards. They are always productive and beautiful. Palit’s Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 features a Hinyx chipset, more memory, and an upgraded cooling system. At the same time, the set of connectors for connecting to monitors and TVs has also been slightly changed. Now the whole kit is here, including the outdated VGA connector. Nevertheless, this did not affect the performance of the chip in any way.

    Overclocking options are not as wide here as in the accelerator from ASUS, but there is a special mode switch: turbo and normal. It is located in the same place as the connectors for connecting to the monitor. In turbo mode, the frequency of the memory and core increases sharply. This fruitfully affects the performance of the graphics subsystem as a whole. The video card Radeon HD 4870 by Palit got a «second wind».

    Now a few words about the «Turbo» mode. Although it increases the core and memory frequencies, you won’t expect much performance gain from it. But it is very easy to shorten the life of a video card with the turbo mode on all the time. And if you can not see the difference, then why kill the video accelerator ahead of time. When watching movies, this mode is recommended to be turned off. Yes, and in games it is not very useful.

    Modifications from Gigabyte

    This manufacturer is also well known for its quality computer components. There is nothing surprising in the fact that this company decided to release a modification of the successful AMD Radeon HD 4870 video card. True, here it turned out to be a tandem of two such accelerators connected using CrossFire. This made it possible to double the memory and performance of the graphics subsystem.

    The advantage of the product from Gigabyte is that it looks much more elegant than the brainchild of ASUS and Palit. The hand of the master is immediately felt, because all the components of this manufacturer attract attention with a catchy and beautiful appearance. And it does not affect performance in any way. For example, the Radeon HD 4870 prototype from this company is several times more powerful than its «colleagues» based on the same chip.

    A graphics accelerator from this manufacturer based on ATI «Radeon» is by far the most adequate on the market. It has everything you need: performance, quality, adequate price. At the same time, it is completely devoid of overclocking capabilities. And this is good, because the «crazy hands» of some particularly curious users will have less opportunity to break this video accelerator. And the purchase of this particular video card looks like the most acceptable solution, based on the respectable price-quality ratio.

    Features of use

    Almost all modifications of the Radeon HD 4870, the characteristics of which are described just above, require almost no special approach during use. However, some features will be useful to know. For example, if you have a Palit accelerator, then do not abuse the turbo mode. The video card, of course, will not burn. However, such overloads negatively affect its service life. Therefore, if you want your accelerator to «live happily ever after», you should not load it unnecessarily.

    In the case of video cards from ASUS, don’t experiment too much with overclocking. The cooling system in these accelerators is, of course, good, but it can also fail. And the increased frequencies considerably increase the temperature. If the cooling system fails, then the video card will burn out in a split second. It’s not worth the risk. Moreover, the Radeon HD 4870, the characteristics of which were analyzed in this material, can work quite well at standard frequencies.

    If you are using a tandem of video cards using the CrossFire connector, then you should download the appropriate drivers from the manufacturer’s website that will fully support this technology. Otherwise, only one video card will be able to work. The capacities of the second will not be used. Therefore, always update the software for the hardware. That will be much better.

    Operating rules

    Even the most reliable equipment has certain operating rules that must be observed in order not to kill your equipment ahead of time. This also applies to video cards from Radeon. First, carefully monitor the condition of the cooler of the cooling system. Since the video card is quite powerful, it constantly needs high-quality heat dissipation. The minimum delay — and you get a burned video card. Regularly clean the cooler from dust and dirt. Secondly, in the case of the Radeon HD 4870, the drivers must be of the latest version, because it is in them that all the shortcomings have been eliminated. the slightest failure can destroy the accelerator. And no one here will be to blame.

    Thirdly, never use this video card in old computers equipped with obsolete components. Since the accelerator is quite powerful, you run the risk of losing all other components. Not even a high-powered power supply will help. This video card needs the appropriate conditions for normal operation. Fourthly, the Radeon HD 4870 512MB is not designed to work with constant overloads. This is fraught with the loss of not only the video accelerator, but also many other system components.

    Reviews

    Product reviews are always very important. It is they who always help to make a decision on the purchase of a particular gadget. And it is they who allow you to make a thoughtful and informed decision. As for the video card Radeon HD 4870, there is no clear division into negative and positive reviews. Each of them describes both the advantages of the accelerator and its disadvantages. And this is good, because such reviews can be considered the most thoughtful and adequate.

    Users unanimously note the good performance of the video accelerator in games. And despite the fact that it does not shine with particularly powerful characteristics. However, many Palit cardholders note that they did not see any difference between the turbo mode and the normal one. This, in principle, was to be expected, since the frequencies increase by meager values. The owners of the X2 modification from Gigabyte are generally very satisfied. These graphics cards have proven to be excellent both in terms of performance and reliability.

    Negative moments in the reviews about this video accelerator are not so frequent. Some complain about the insufficiently powerful cooling system. But then they talk about the fact that they overclocked the card to unthinkable limits. What did they expect, you ask? Everything has its limits. And the cooling system too. In general, all owners of Radeon HD 4870 video cards note the excellent quality and good performance of the product. And almost everyone who wrote reviews likes the price of this video card.

    The fact that almost all reviews about this video accelerator do not have pronounced positive or negative colors speaks volumes. This means that the video card is reliable, moderately powerful and soundly made. For if at least one of these points were violated, a cry about insufficient quality, poor performance, a disgusting cooling system, or fragility of the design would have erupted on the network for a long time. So such neutral ratings are only a plus for the product. Especially if this product is a video card.

    Summary

    An ATI Radeon HD 4870 video card with a constantly updated driver and modifications is perfect for home use. It handles Full HD video equally well, as well as almost all games (except the most demanding ones). At the same time, the video accelerator has excellent build quality, exceptional reliability and an attractive price. AMD has turned out to be a truly massive and «popular» product. Today, more and more users are paying attention to this video card. Because it makes sense.

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    A few days ago I was given a video card ATI Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X by Sapphire with one gigabyte of video memory. And since my second computer with a Core i5-3570 processor and integrated graphics is experiencing acute «video insufficiency», I decided to test what this powerful graphics card from 2008 is capable of in 2020.
    Moreover, at one time, sitting on a GeForce 8500 GT , this video card was my dream, the tests of which I read on the «iron» sites of that time.

    I have set myself a few questions that I will answer in this blog.

    Windows 10 and drivers

    After removing the previous Nvidia drivers using the Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) utility, I inserted the video card into a computer with Windows 10 version 1909 and waited for it to recognize it and install the drivers, but this did not happen . Windows 10 did not want to install any drivers and did not even see this video card in the task manager, installing the basic video driver.
    A quick look at the forums showed that with Radeon HD 4800 video cards, a lot depends on the version of Windows 10 and a certain amount of luck. Some people install the driver 8.97.100.9001 on their own, while others have to “dance with a tambourine”.

    Going to the AMD website, I saw that the latest stable driver released for the ATI Radeon HD 4870 is Catalyst version 13.1 and requires Windows 8.1. I downloaded it and, surprisingly, it stood up like a native, the video card was immediately defined in the system, monitoring started working after AMD OverDrive . But, knowing Windows 10 well, I would not be surprised if the video card does not start on drivers from Windows 8.1 in a different version of the OS.

    Detective with BIOS

    In AMD OverDrive I saw some strange frequencies of 650 MHz for the core and memory. The standard frequencies of the Radeon HD 4870 are 750 MHz for the core and 900 (3600) MHz for the memory. Adding here a howling fan and a rare trembling of the desktop created the impression of a faulty video card.

    GPU-Z showed the following. I guessed that the BIOS was edited and decided to see how things are going there.
    After downloading the BIOS editor for video cards TechPowerUp Radeon Bios Editor , flash driver ATI Winflash 2.6.7 , the original BIOS of this model and after saving the old BIOS through GPU-Z , I saw this picture in the editor.

    It is clearly seen that not only the frequencies under load were underestimated, but also the frequencies of the core and memory in 2D mode. The voltage left at a high value of 1.263V looked rather strange, but later I realized the reason for this.

    I tried to set the voltage to 1.143V in different modes, but the video card did not respond and constantly set 1.263V even in 2D, regardless of what is written in the voltage tables.

    I already came across such video cards from Sapphire and Gigabyte , on which softvoltmod was not possible even through editing the BIOS.
    It’s sad, but there’s nothing to be done. However, the video card worked in this mode for more than 10 years without any consequences.

    In general, ATI Radeon HD 4870 and ATI Radeon HD 4850 turned out to be much more tenacious than their competitors from Nvidia — GeForce 8800/9800 GTX and GeForce GTX 260 , despite decent heat. One can only feel sorry for the owner, who endured huge idle power consumption and fan noise all these years.

    I flashed the native BIOS directly from under Windows 10 using ATI Winflash 2.6.7 , after turning off the software “pulling” the video card: MSI Afterburner , HWInfo64 and, just in case, an antivirus.

    I’ll note right away that the video card was in such a terrible external condition that I didn’t know if it would survive the disassembly and replacement of thermal paste, and even flashing the BIOS, so I did all the gaming tests before these manipulations.
    I already knew from the reviews that the temperature is 80-90 degrees for the Radeon HD 4870 — «this is the norm», and even overclocked it a little to frequencies of 790 MHz / 4400 MHz. For these video cards, such overclocking was considered easy.

    Video and browser acceleration

    Running a youtube video in 1080p resolution, I saw that the video card loads up to a decent 35%. Watching movies through the video player VLC generally showed a download of only 5-7%.
    Of course, such a video card will improve the situation in a weak computer with integrated graphics and a lack of RAM, if you can mentally stand seeing temperatures of 65 degrees and a video chip consumption of 100 watts when watching youtube.

    Let’s move on to the main thing, to the games. I did not run old games on it. You can see how they go on the Radeon HD 4870 in older reviews, but focused on games from 2013-2019. I will run them in 1080p resolution and settings that allow you to play comfortably.

    Now I have quite an extensive list of games of different years and genres on my computer. Let’s try these games.

    Let me remind you that the Radeon HD 4870 only supports DirectX version 10.1, which puts an end to many AAA projects with modern game engines. The errors that crash when launching such games are varied, but in half of the cases there is just an instant crash of the game.
    Interestingly, Dishonored 2 started up, but couldn’t get past the menu.

    But some games that slowed down terribly on the Intel HD Graphics 2500 worked fine on the Radeon HD 4870 , which is good.

    Darkest Dungeon is great at 60 fps.

    Anno 2070 runs acceptable at minimum settings at 60 fps, but performance will sag with extensive building.

    Grand Theft Auto V runs at a speed of 30-50 frames per second on the minimum settings and allows you to ride around the city even with a breeze. Basically, it’s playable. Many played this game at the time of release in much worse conditions.

    Factorio goes great and has plenty of headroom for building performance.

    Lethis — Path of Progress produces as many as 150 frames!

    Northgard is quite playable at medium settings, the frame rate is pretty stable throughout the game.

    They Are Billions runs at 30-50 fps on high settings, which is quite acceptable for a strategy game.

    Hearthstone goes well and with a large margin.

    Divinity — Dragon Commander goes at 40 frames in global map mode. It was not possible to enter the battle mode (I haven’t played it yet and haven’t figured it out), but most likely the FPS will be insufficient.

    Diablo-like game Grim Dawn runs at 40-60 frames and, interestingly, warmed up the video card to the maximum of all games, up to 88 (!) degrees.

    New Terminator Resistance runs at minimum settings, which is great for a game released in 2019, but the performance falls short of tolerable quite a bit, the game runs at 15-20 frames per second and even lowering the resolution does not help.

    But World of Tanks runs just fine on the selected SD graphics. On HD graphics, performance sags sharply, but the picture quality is pleasing. In recent years, this game has become a measure of the minimum performance of video cards — “will World of Tanks work on it?”
    By the way, World of Tanks is the only game that I tested after replacing the thermal paste and flashing the factory BIOS, as you can see, now it’s only 75-76 degrees under load with much slower fan speeds.

    Video card disassembly

    After completing the gaming tests, I decided to disassemble the video card, change the thermal paste and return the factory BIOS.
    Pay attention to the very modest radiator. Even taking into account the evaporation chamber soldered from below, this is clearly insufficient cooling for an almost top-end 160-watt card at that time. But ATI Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X from Sapphire cost more then the reference model.

    The power supply system of the video card is quite powerful, it is not clear why they saved so much on cooling.

    The memory on the back of the board is cooled by a heatsink, while the memory on the inside is cooled by airflow only. On the power circuits is a massive radiator.

    Replacing the thermal paste helped a little, but keep in mind that the cooler speed has dropped on the standard BIOS.
    After flashing the factory BIOS, the frequencies returned to normal, the noise decreased, jerks in the 2D picture stopped.

    Video card now passes Furmark stress test without overheating.

    Who needs an ATI Radeon HD 4870 in 2020?

    The video card left behind rather contradictory feelings. On the one hand, it was interesting to tinker with the old days and I was pleased that there are actual games that work great on it even now, 12 years after its release. And as a help to a weak processor and a lack of RAM, this video card can still serve.

    But everything is crossed out by high power consumption, noise and heating. Yes, and the power requirements for the power supply are also high, and not every budget unit has two PCI-E 6-pin power connectors. She has practically no place in a budget computer these days, alas.
    If you are looking for a very cheap graphics card of about the same price and performance from the used market, then the newer and more energy efficient ATI Radeon HD 5770 or Radeon HD 7750 will be much better.

    But as part of a very cheap computer to play World of Tanks and Hearthstone it is still somehow acceptable. It was this role that she had in recent years.

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    Bogdana85, I guilty of the presence of HD 5000.S. looked in info. The HD 5000 uses a new driver that breaks the old one.

    More precisely, it simply replaces the files of the old one. But new files with old maps do not work.

    bogdana85 wrote: I’ll roll out and wait.

    99% that no one will fix drivers for HD 4000 and below. Nothing much to look forward to. If the BIOS does not allow you to switch to using only the HD 5000, then there is only one way out for Windows 10:
    1) disconnect from the Internet
    2) remove all AMD drivers (or better, just cleanly install Win10 with the Internet turned off)
    3) install an old Catalyst for Win7 that supported both generations of AMD cards (DX10/DX11)
    4) disable driver updates for both cards in Policies
    5) and only then connect to the Internet

    Added:
    As latest driver fully supporting DX10/DX11 AMD cards at the same time, you can try installing Catalyst 12.5 beta (compatibility mode will be set automatically). But how “full-fledged” this will be in Windows 10 is not known. If it didn’t go beyond beta in Windows 8 either. Again, no other newer versions of Catalyst should be on the system before installing, otherwise the DX10 card will not work. And after installation, updating drivers for cards must be prohibited.

    And I don’t even know how to “subtly” ban it in the Home edition. If only completely cut down the Update Center service.

    V. For the correct operation of CCC for Windows 7, instead of its default autorun through the registry, like:

    (example for x64 system), you need to create a similar task, but in the «Task Scheduler», and assign it the highest rights .

    In theory, everything! Internet can be turned on. Drivers in Windows Update will still be offered and downloaded from the site, but will not be installed.

    Catalyst 9.3 is the last upstream driver to support DX9 cards. Also based on it, 9.8 Legacy and 10.2 Legacy were released.
    Catalyst 12.5 beta is the latest upstream driver to support DX10 cards. Based on it, Legacy was released: 12.6, 13.1, 13.4 and 13.9.

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    RAV123 , well, if the CCC is especially required, then there are no controlled Winds. visiting the AMD website is not required. Windows Update will install a full-fledged driver for the HD 2000-4000 series as well.

    What is really surprising is why it was necessary to register HD 2000-4000 in the new Catalyst 15.7.1 and Catalyst 15.8, while leaving the installation section for these cards empty . Those. the driver, as it were, can be installed, and the name in the Device Manager will change to the correct one, but in fact no files will be installed. What’s this? And for what?

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    Good afternoon!
    Please help with screen scaling problem. ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics card (256 MB). (3850 seems to have burnt out, had to be removed)
    Catalyst for views 10 (as well as for Windows 8 and 8.1), as already written here in different branches, is installed truncated without any settings, including scaling. On 7-ke everything is OK, but I got used to work on 8-ke and now on 10-ke.
    I tried the Catalyst 13.4 Legacy recommended by you and other versions offered by the amd website, the same output ((.

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    Catalyst StrangeAser wrote (on StrangeAser): views 10 (as well as on windows 8 and 8.1), as it was already written here in different branches, a truncated one is installed without any settings, including scaling. I got used to it on 8 and now it’s on 10.
    I tried the Catalyst 13.4 Legacy recommended by you and other versions offered by the amd website, the same output ((.

    Installed in compatibility modes Radeon 9600 (Catalyst 9.3) and HD 3850 (Catalyst 13.4 Legacy) in Windows 8, Radeon HD 3850 (Catalyst 13.4 Legacy) and HD 7770 (Catalyst 12.5 beta) in Windows 10, there were no problems installing Control Center. official distributions, if according to the instructions, then there are no special difficulties. But especially for those who have difficulties, even at the stage «how to run in compatibility mode», I posted repackaged installers, there is nothing at all except clean Windows and the Internet (or Windows Update) turned off during the installation you don’t need to do it, just run the self-extracting archive with the installer and click the «next» button from time to time.0107

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    During the installation of the catalyst, I did not see any problems, but in the end
    some kind of Engine control centr was installed and only with power settings.
    And about the driver:
    vendor Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    date 01/13/2015
    version 8.970.100.9001
    Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher digital signature

    when reinstalling the control panel, I first select the “delete previous installations” option, and then install a new control panel. I understand that when you reinstall the control panel, the driver is also reinstalled?

    Visually, in graphics, all these reinstallations of different versions did not change anything. Pixels on the truncated desktop are more blurry than on 7-ke. The only thing that changed with the installation of the first catalyst was that when you clicked on the desktop, “Engine control centr” appeared

    I also tried to install Catalyst 13.4 Legacy in compatibility mode (Windows 7, Vista, went through the properties of the installation file and configured it there). It took about 20 minutes to install, but it remained in the same progress on «there is a search for installable packages on the source media» i.e. to 2/3 «configuration analysis»

    Unfortunately, I can’t add screenshots, external links are prohibited for newcomers to the forum( «remove previous installations» and then install a new control panel. I understand that when you reinstall the control panel, the driver is also reinstalled?0107

    Quote: I also tried to install Catalyst 13.4 Legacy in compatibility mode (Windows 7, Vista, went through the properties of the installation file and configured it there). It took about 20 minutes to install, but it remained in the same progress on «there is a search for installable packages on the source media» i.e. by 2/3 of «configuration analysis»0179 . \ Packages \ Apps \ All folders except \ SSC \ , and reinforce the installation with a file Setup , also in the compatibility mode

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    Strange Aser , I didn’t try it, but it probably doesn’t need to be torn out, but it’s enough to “update” in the Device Manager to the “Basic video adapter”.

    Only after installing the required Catalyst, prohibit updating the driver, and be sure to reset the CCC settings to «Factory» through the corresponding menu item. What would certainly not interfere with the previous driver.

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    Good afternoon. Please help. I’ll start from the very beginning. There is an Acer 5920g laptop, the video costs ATI HD 4650, from Win 7 it was updated to Win 10, Windows itself installed the drivers on the video from 01/13/2015, everything seems to be fine, but over time bugs began to appear, for example, when playing WoT, the monitor could become black, only turning off the game through Alt F4 helped and the picture became normal. From this, it was concluded that the installed firewood from Win 10 is not quite full-fledged and, with a game load, they simply extinguish the video.
    After that I installed CCC 13.9 (this is the last official driver for 4650 from win 7), put it in compatibility mode, it seemed to get up normally, I installed firewood on video from it from 2013, however, the digital signature of the drivers remained from Microsoft not from AMD. At the same time, the freeze in the game decreased, but sometimes there were still bugs with a crash from the game.
    Stage two, I decided to install CCC 13.4 from win 8, removed it correctly with the CCC 13. 9 installer, then started installing CCC 13.4, but the installation hangs all the time and does not reach the end, eventually deleted all folders from ATI, tried to install again 13.9- but the same garbage happened, it hangs during installation. Bottom line: CCC is not installed at all — hanging on the installation process.

    Accordingly, two questions:
    — why if win 10 installs full-fledged drivers — the WoT game started to hang, and obviously because of the video card;
    — why, after the removal of CCC 13.9, CCC 13.4 did not get up and no CCC is installed at all now.

    As I understand it, you need to reinstall the OS.

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    Semikin wrote: From this, it was concluded that the installed firewood from Win 10 is not quite full-fledged and simply extinguishes the video when playing.

    Quote: After that I installed CCC 13.9 (this is the last official driver for 4650 from win 7), put it in compatibility mode, it seemed to stand up normally, I installed firewood on video from it from 2013, but at the same time digital The driver signature is from Microsoft, not from AMD. At the same time, the freeze in the game decreased, but sometimes there were still bugs with a crash from the game.

    Quote: Stage two, I decided to install CCC 13.4 from win 8, removed CCC 13.9 correctly with the installer, after which I launched the installation of CCC 13.4, but the installation hangs all the time and does not reach the end

    Quote: — why if win 10 installs full-fledged drivers, the WoT game started to hang, and obviously because of the video card

    Quote: As I understand it, you need to reinstall the OS.

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    Thanks for the answers, for my part I want to clarify:
    — the laptop originally came with ati hd 3650, later it was replaced by ati hd 4650
    — to be honest, I also thought about overheating, since the thermoplate on the vidyaha it is already old and has been torn off more than once, but on win 7 this was not the case, even with prolonged use of
    — why fantastic. on the official AMD website in the manual driver selection mode, if you select a 4650 card and win 7, then the latest current driver shows 13.9(it was he who stood on win 7)
    — the above option with interrupting the installation did not work (((
    — on win 7 with CCC 13.9 WoT went without problems, although the firewood was also 2013, such failures began only after installing Win 10

    I can’t say anything special about the advantages of Win 10, I have an SSD, the system is almost completely empty, it takes 10 seconds to load.

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    Release date 1 March 2013 vs 25 June 2008
    Core frequency 775 MHz vs 750 MHz
    Process 28 nm vs 55 nm
    Maximum memory size 2 GB vs 512 MB
    PassMark — G2D Mark 488 vs 65

    Reasons to choose ATI Radeon HD 4870

    • 52% faster texturing speed: 30 GTexel / s vs 19.8 GTexel / s
    • 2.1 times more shader processors: 800 vs 384
    • 89% more floating point performance: 1,200.0 gflops vs 633.6 gflops
    • 2 times more memory frequency: 3600 MHz vs 1800 MHz
    • 2. 7x better performance in PassMark — G3D Mark benchmark: 1396 vs 520
    • About 47% better performance in GFXBench 4.0 — T-Rex (Frames) benchmark: 3346 vs 2270
    • in GFXBench 4.0 benchmark — T-Rex (Fps) about 47% more: 3346 vs 2270
    Texturing speed 30 GTexel/s vs 19.8 GTexel/s
    Number of shaders 800 vs 384
    Floating point performance 1,200.0 gflops vs 633.6 gflops
    Memory frequency 3600 MHz vs 1800 MHz
    PassMark — G3D Mark 1396 vs 520
    GFXBench 4.0 — T-Rex (Frames) 3346 vs 2270
    GFXBench 4. 0 — T-Rex (Fps) 3346 vs 2270

    Benchmark comparison

    GPU 1: AMD Radeon HD 8670M
    GPU 2: ATI Radeon HD 4870

    PassMark — G3D Mark
    GPU 1
    GPU 2
    PassMark — G2D Mark
    GPU 1
    GPU 2
    GFXBench 4.0 — T-Rex (Frames)
    GPU 1
    GPU 2
    GFXBench 4. 0 — T-Rex (Fps)
    GPU 1
    GPU 2
    Name AMD Radeon HD 8670M ATI Radeon HD 4870
    PassMark — G3D Mark 520 1396
    PassMark — G2D Mark 488 65
    Geekbench — OpenCL 5532
    CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — Face Detection (mPixels/s) 6. 559
    CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — Ocean Surface Simulation (Frames/s) 144.131
    CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — T-Rex (Frames/s) 0.952
    CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — Video Composition (Frames/s) 17.551
    CompuBench 1.5 Desktop — Bitcoin Mining (mHash/s) 71.696
    GFXBench 4.0 — Car Chase Offscreen (Frames) 1039
    GFXBench 4.0 — Manhattan (Frames) 1783
    GFXBench 4. 0 — T-Rex (Frames) 2270 3346
    GFXBench 4.0 — Car Chase Offscreen (Fps) 1039
    GFXBench 4.0 — Manhattan (Fps) 1783
    GFXBench 4.0 — T-Rex (Fps) 2270 3346

    Performance comparison

    conveyors

    AMD Radeon HD 8670M ATI Radeon HD 4870
    Architecture GCN 1.0 TeraScale
    Codename Mars RV770
    Design AMD Radeon HD 8000M Series
    Production date March 1, 2013 25 June 2008
    Place in the ranking 1058 1164
    Type Desktop Desktop
    Price at first issue date $299
    Boost core clock 775MHz
    Number of Compute 6
    Core frequency 775MHz 750MHz
    Floating point performance 633. 6 gflops 1,200.0 gflops
    Process 28nm 55nm
    Number of shaders 384 800
    Texturing speed 19.8 GTexel/s 30 GTexel/s
    Number of transistors 1,040 million 956 million
    Power consumption (TDP) 150 Watt
    Video connectors No outputs 2x DVI, 1x S-Video
    Interface PCIe 3. 0 x8 PCIe 2.0 x16
    Notebook size medium sized
    Length 250mm
    Additional power connectors 2x 6-pin
    DirectX 11 10.1
    OpenGL 4.4 3.3
    Maximum memory size 2GB 512MB
    Memory bandwidth 14.4GB/s 115.

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