Package and Else-ies
The outside of the box, though it differs per label, is salient. The product speaks for itself, and AMD is proud to list the key primary points in all their simplicity at the back with 4 image points. It shows that they had enough confidence without using some tactical bullshit to try and make it seem overly complex and unique. In a blue and red reflective box, the Radeon HD 4870 box is carefully designed where it’s not just a stacked on list of features.
The card itself is mostly identical in size to the 4850’s we have. The exact specifications are different, but the overall in² make it identical for the power it’s giving out. Taking a look to the back also reveals a slightly different relay architecture that few seem to notice. The central die hub is the same, but the overall reveal of the transistor pins from the back reveals a change in the pattern for a more linear and much more efficient relay of information.
The accessories include a single DVI to VGA adapter, DVI to HDMI adapter, HDTV adapter, CrossFire bridge connector, an installation guide and a screwdriver/flashlight. Yeah, a flashlight. We know. Flipping awesome. Let’s head over to the actual testing.