ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Exclusive Review: Overstrides

Power Consumption

For this test we used a similar method to our power supply testing and then measured the consumption of the whole system every second. Maximum consumption placed strenuous strain on the PCI-E slots only thanks to a custom script, and allowed us to measure the differentials.

Power consumption on maximum reaches not above that stated on the box.What was most impressive with the HD 4870 X2 was the load consumption. Skillfully much less in comparison to SLI power consumptions and managing to be even more less than the HD 4870 card, the HD 4870 X2 is magnanimously relentless. Given the higher clock and more utilization of stream processors, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 is athirst for using all the power per watt.


Heat was controlled throughout testing and even through the most strenuous test we could put it through the temperatures never rose above 75°C. In comparison to the HD 4870, this is 5°C less on average.

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  1. Oh man. no crossfire, but this review is AMAZING.

  2. mmm spicey. I’ll buy it 😀

  3. Gosh $600 bucks! I’ll TRY to buy it. A+ review as always. I was looking at the Bioshock numbers in the review compared to the old one, way different for same stuff…but realized what it was 😀

  4. Amazing review. Hopefully Xrossfire soon ; (

  5. Need Crossfire plz!

  6. Gr8 concise review. I like the $ out of $ thing…but I’m sure that isn’t a review score…because you guys don’t do them right? At least that’s what Penny Arcade said.. 😀

  7. As usual…these are literally the best reviews.

  8. Loved it, thanks

  9. Thank you. And yes, you’re right: this is not a review structure as you will find, but something special we did for this one to show the value it’s worth. You can expect it on many more reviews (most of them), but this is in no way a review score.

  10. As always, Kudos. I’m very taken to this review. Currently have a 9800GTX, but looks like daddy is upgrading!

  11. Once again, really awesome review. And I learned a bit more about compositors! 😉 PC Gamer had you guys on mention last month. Cool stuff

  12. Oh dude you saw them on PC Gamer too right? It was just a quick mention, but it said you guys helped out at SIGGRAPH and also did a lot of stuff with PC Gamer for the benching of the Lian Li case I think it was :-D. Either way…you guys ROCK.

  13. Review was simply amazing.

  14. Thanks again <3

  15. 😀 So happy about this review, but I’m waiting on Crossfire as well.

  16. Very glad to see this

  17. More glad to know I can feel SAFE buying it now that WhatIfGaming reviewed it.

  18. You both are slow. They’re also on the back of the 4870 X2 Box under awards logo! lol.

  19. They’re also on the back of the NVIDIA 9800GX2 box for the award logo. That’s how I mainly found this site like …2 yrs ago

  20. Not much more to say really. Great review, does what it needs to without making it so over the top. Thank you for being the ONLY sane fucki-g site out there to write honestly without the mass BS.

  21. When can we expect the Ratchet and Clank : QFB review? Sorry bit off topic. Usman!? David?!!?

  22. 😀

  23. Complete cool = this review

  24. Talk about big money on this, but clearly it’s worth the price. Did some extensive reading of everything. Seems this is my next card…but I recently have 2 4870 CF’s from your last review. I’m glad you compared it to the same company (some always compare–which is horse shit). Now I know it’s beneficial to upgrade from 2 x 4870! Thanks WhatIfGaming. Love you guys!

  25. Glad to see Intel CPU being used…but um, moreover glad to see ALL those games having been benchmarked. You guys 3x this review!

  26. 😀 thanks

  27. Interesting Db specs 😐

  28. 😀 hahah

  29. Thanks WhatIfGaming.

  30. CF 4870’s overall did closer to this

  31. What drivers are these again ?

  32. Latest: 8.7 latest, we did tests with 8.8 beta…but they didn’t match up consistently.

  33. Added it to the review as well. Thanks for that. Small slip.

  34. Cool thanks again. At least the X2 is better than 2 4870’s in Crossfire. Glad to see that. I was skeptical at first that they were significantly better until you mentioned marginally. Then I realized these weren’t beta. :)

  35. Stupendous review again 😀

  36. As always, thank you WiG

  37. Detailed, short, not too long, sweet, and just overall a solid review. :)

  38. thanks for the review bro

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