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Sapphire Atomic Radeon HD4870 X2 2048MB Graphics Card
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Sapphire
Source: Sapphire
Purchase: Newegg.com
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Sapphire Atomic Radeon HD4870 X2 2048MB Graphics Card
December 18, 2008

Conclusion:

The features, specifications, real world performance, and physical appearance of the Sapphire Atomic Radeon HD4870 X2 2048MB graphics card are all incredible. It is one of the highest performance cards on the market, while also probably being one of the coolest and quietest. This low noise and low heat is even more impressive when you consider that it isn't just the GPU being cooled, but the CPU and the case, too.


Installation is pretty much plug n' play. Everything is pre-wired and pre-plumbed, and you just need to pop this into your system to have an incredible graphics card and CPU cooler. The main downside to this is that many people seeking such a graphics card upgrade probably already have a high(er) performance CPU cooler. You can't disconnect it, so if you don't want to use the CPU cooler I suppose you just have to leave it dangling in your case... which doesn't seem like the best idea. The other issue with the pre-assembled kit is that handling it during installation can be a bit awkward. With just two hands and three main components held together by tubing, you have to work cautiously.

The card is just being released on the same day this review is being published, so solid information on pricing is not readily available. The Sapphire representative told me that it is one of those things where if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it. OK, that may be so, but I still like knowing the prices of Bentleys and mansions in the Caribbean, anyway. Looking around the web finds others guessing that the price will be in the neighborhood of $650. This is about double the price of Sapphire's HD4850 X2, and about $100-$150 more than a typical HD4870 X2. Definitely a premium price to pay for a graphics card, but it does come with some premium features, specifications, and other interesting goodies.

There may be a few 'cons' listed below, but if money is no object in your pursuit of the killer video card, this has to be near the top of the list. With all things considered, the Sapphire Atomic Radeon HD4870 X2 2048MB graphics card has to earn the Bigbruin.com awards of "Highly Recommended" and "Gaming Approved".

Highly Recommended Gaming Approved

Pros:

Incredible performance
Dual GPUs in a single slot design
GPU temperatures stay very low
Low noise - One fan for CPU, video card, and case cooling
Integrated CPU cooler - No need to buy your own
Pre-assembled - Pretty much just plug n' play
Collector's edition case and accessories
Includes generous bundle of accessories

Cons:

Integrated CPU cooler - There whether you want it or not
CPU cooling isn't that impressive
No CPU cooler bracket for Intel LGA 1366 processors
Pre-assembled - Makes installation a bit awkward
Price - May be worth it to some, but still very expensive
High system power consumption at idle or under load

Special thanks to Sapphire for providing the Sapphire Atomic Radeon HD4870 X2 2048MB Graphics Card to Bigbruin.com for review!

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