MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review :: MSI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Bundle

11-12-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun
  • MSI Radeon HD 4870 1GB R4870 T2D1G video card
  • MSI Driver CD
  • HDMI to DVI-I Adapter
  • Crossfire bridge
  • HDTV Cable
  • S-Video to Composite adapter
  • Quick User's Guide

Video card companies like MSI have been under a lot of stress lately due to the competitive landscape and the economy especially on the NVIDIA side of things. MSI declined to include a modern game with this bundle, therefore keeping prices down on their side. The Driver CD contains the drivers for the ATI card and nothing else. The MSI R4870 T21G video card comes with everything necessary to run the card hardware wise including a HDMI to DVI adapter and a DVI to HDMI adapter. This allows the end-user to use dual monitors via a HDMI+DVI or two DVI or two D-subs or a combination of the two due to the adapters included. The S-video to Composite adapter allows the user to use the card with an older TV.


MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review Box

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MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review Rear of box

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MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review Card in box

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MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review Bundle

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ATI releases a new driver set every month or so called Catalyst. Currently, their latest driver release is 8.10, which has two new features: Catalyst Control Center Fan speed control and Set Force Component Video Detection. Fan Control by the CCC is a much-wanted feature that allows the user to control the GPU fan speed in the Control Panel. When it is set to 100% the HD 4870 1GB card is very loud. When the card fan is set to default fan speed, the fan speed is at 50% and the noise on the card is tolerable. Overclocking the HD 4870 from 750MHz resulted in a speed of 795/1000 MHz, a decent overclock for an already high performing video card.


Driver screenshots


MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review
MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review
MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review
MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review


MSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review