ATI Radeon HD 4870 Review: Vroom Vroom Crossfire


We don’t need a chart here. Overall, heat was controlled throughout testing and even through the most strenuous test we could put it through the temperatures never rose above 80°C thanks to the active cooling on the board.

Test It Special As Always

Now, we decided to add a little flare into this one like some of our others with its own section. AMD is always saying they wanted more performance per area, and per watt. But what does that mean and does it perform or is it all marketing mumbo jumbo? WhatIfGaming knows and will help you all out there.

First off we take a look at performance (amount of GFLOPS) per area. Performance per area is about the same as performance per dollar. The measure of the amount of GFLOPS utilized per area (cm^2) with determines the overall efficiency with which fps is attainable.

ATI Radeon HD 4870 Review

The simple table shows that the performance per GFLOPs is tremendous when it comes to the ATI Radeon HD 4870 and as such the performance per watt is also efficient since they are all fueling these GFLOPs settings.

Next, we look at power efficiency. Watts are a form of energy that is used to give power to functioning microtransmitters. When you design the next best chip, you have to look at not only performance per dollar, but how much it costs to have smaller power consumption per frame render.

ATI Radeon HD 4870 Review

Looking above shows clearly that for the two most demanding games this generation in DX 10, the AMD ATI Radeon 4870 exceptionally qualifies as efficient and productive. Something which was humbly left out from the box mentions we looked at earlier, especially given the increased AA we already covered in our 4800 series detail.

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  1. This review is heavenly

  2. I think transcends heavenly are the right words ; )

    Pancakes replied on June 26th, 2008 9:26 PM:

    Hahah. No doubt about that one. Read dBA emissions. That’s crazy they actually put it in WATER to measure that.

  3. Given this review, I have decided to finally buy one of these.

  4. TY so much on this review. The special sections I always love.

  5. Golden. Oh wow. Must have now

  6. *holds sign* Will be a slave for two of these.

  7. Boyfriend already has both of these. We wanted a 4850, but got 1 of those for the other PC (mine) and his WILL have these now thanks to u. Thanks :) <3

  8. OK. I’m convinced =-D

  9. 12 pages of pure quality over quantity of writing. Something all other writers severely fail at. Thank you WiG

    IBKING91 replied on June 26th, 2008 9:25 PM:

    Agreed. Totally noticed that here too

  10. TY. Beautiful review

  11. Thanks man. Will get end of this month.

  12. TY very much

  13. Godllyy. Ty.

  14. Bought it on newegg woot.

  15. Makes me want to cry. I can’t buy this for a while.

  16. I have a tech lover now.

  17. Thanks man. This is amazing

  18. I bought two and soooooooo anxious!!

  19. Will buy now later tonight. 2 of them. I could really use it for transcoding.

  20. Love it so much. Thanks

  21. Definitely buying this over the overpriced POS Nvidia cards

  22. Will buy now cause of this. For sure

    IBKING91 replied on June 26th, 2008 9:25 PM:

    definitely. always wait on the review from here

    Pancakes replied on June 26th, 2008 9:26 PM:

    Many respects here.

  23. Vroom = no joke.

  24. Nice.

  25. Bought 2 here. Will come in 3 days. Just in time

  26. OH SWEET. THANKS been waiting on this

  27. Guys, make sure to get the hotfix on this one!

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