Many times it is the higher end video cards that generate the most interest, but that doesn't always have to be the case. The item provided for this review doesn't have the greatest specifactions or a very high price tag, but it might be of interest to a good number of people. The card in question is the Sapphire
Ultimate Radeon HD4670; a passively cooled graphics card with plenty of features other than its silent operation that should appeal to HTPC owners. With an integrated HDMI port, DirectX 10.1, 24x CFAA, and Shader Model 4.1 support, it offers some of the things you look for in a gaming graphics card, but with an obvious focus on home theater performance.
The promotional image above shows an overview of the 512MB Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD4670. It is an interesting card thanks to its passive heatpipe cooling solution, as well as its complement of rear-panel connections; VGA, Dual Link DVI, and HDMI. Before taking a closer look at the sample provided for review, let's take a look at some published data on the 512MB Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD4670. The items listed below cover some of the highlights from the complete list of features and specifications found at the official product page
on the Sapphire website.
» DirectX 10.1 & 320 stream processing units & 128-bit memory interface
» 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering
» PCI Express 2.0 support & Dynamic geometry acceleration
» Game physics processing capability & ATI Avivo HD video and display technology
» Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2) for Blu-ray and HD Video
» Accelerated Video Transcoding(AVT)
» DVD Upscaling
» Dynamic Contrast
» On-board HDMI with 7.1 surround sound support
» Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay technology
» I/O Output: DL-DVI-I+HDMI+VGA
» Core Clock: 750 MHz
» 320 Stream Processors
» Memory Clock: 873MHz, 1746 Mbps.
» PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
» 512MB /128bit GDDR3 memory interface
» Passive cooler
» On-board HDMI & Shader Model 4.1 support
» 7.1 Audio Channel Support
» Microsoft DirectX 10.1 support