Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review :: Visiontek HD4870 Bundle

06-29-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun
  • Visiontek Radeon HD 4870 Video Card
  • User Manual
  • Set-Up Disc
  • CrossFireX Bridge
  • HDTV Cable
  • DVI to HDMI Adapter
  • DVI to VGA Adapter

Visiontek’s HD4870 comes in an attractive black box with an alien face on the cover. The front of the box includes the name of the card, the amount of memory, basic features (DirectX 10.1, PCI Express 2.0 etc.) and the fact that the card comes bundled with Mass Effect. The card we received for review did not come with the game nor a Driver CD that would normally come with retail boxed card. As the card being reviewed here is an engineering sample this is understandable.


Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review

The HD4870 from Visiontek comes with the usual accessories included in most modern video cards. There are a couple of notable additions, in the DVI to HDMI Adapter and the CrossFireX bridge that I should talk about. The DVI to HDMI Adapter allows the use of HDMI monitors on the card. HDMI has not really taken off as much as DVI did and a new standard has replaced it called DisplayPort. In any event, the HDMI monitors are supported, but most people will use the DVI connectors.


Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review
Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review

Visiontek includes a CrossFireX bridge to allow the end-user to install more than one ATI card on a compatible motherboard without additional purchase. To use Crossfire, simply attach a bridge to each card in daisy-chain and power cables to each card, meaning that four HD4870s will require 8 6-pin power connectors and power on the system. After driver installation, enabling Crossfire is as easy as clicking the checkmark for Crossfire in the Catalyst Control Panel.

Along with the release of the HD4870, ATI has released new drivers in the form of the Catalyst 8.6 drivers available on their website today. Visiontek, like most manufacturers, ask end-users to use the official drivers as they are released monthly and have performance fixes and application fixes in every release. That is one advantage ATI cards have over NVIDIA in that a new driver is officially released every month or so allowing easy fixes on problems with games. Visiontek doesn’t even have drivers on their site for the card yet, but that will change shortly as the card reaches retail stores and they update their website. Visiontek offers a limited Lifetime Warranty on their products for defects on manufacturing, material or workmanship. Note, that damage caused by installation, software or hardware from a source other than Visiontek, or user error, neglect abuse, modification is not covered.


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Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review
Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review
Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review
Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review


Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review
Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review
Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review
Visiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review