ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Exclusive Review: Overstrides

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As we mentioned in the BioShock section before, itโ€™s clear AMD focused on enhancing the structure of the card and moreover the architecture as a response to the shift in focus to provide more of a production balance.

As can be seen from the chart, the 4870 X2 has more GB/s bandwidth across the GPUโ€™s and there is more bandwidth being reserved between the compositors for the 5 GB/s Express bridge. This allows the bandwidth to not only keep up with the increased TFLOPs, but the newer memory specification for GGDR5, as seen before with the HD 4870.

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

  2. mmm spicey. I’ll buy it ๐Ÿ˜€

  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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  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.. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Usman Ihtsham replied on August 18th, 2008 8:31 PM:

    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.

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

  8. Loved it, thanks

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

  10. Once again, really awesome review. And I learned a bit more about compositors! ๐Ÿ˜‰ PC Gamer had you guys on mention last month. Cool stuff

  11. 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.

    ceebz replied on August 18th, 2008 8:35 PM:

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

  12. Review was simply amazing.

  13. Thanks again <3

  14. ๐Ÿ˜€ So happy about this review, but I’m waiting on Crossfire as well.

  15. Very glad to see this

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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

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

  20. ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Complete cool = this review

  22. 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!

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

  24. ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks

  25. Interesting Db specs ๐Ÿ˜

  26. ๐Ÿ˜€ hahah

  27. Thanks WhatIfGaming.

  28. CF 4870’s overall did closer to this

  29. What drivers are these again ?

    Usman Ihtsham replied on August 18th, 2008 9:04 PM:

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

    Usman Ihtsham replied on August 18th, 2008 9:11 PM:

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

  30. 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. :)

  31. Stupendous review again ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. As always, thank you WiG

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

  34. thanks for the review bro

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