XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review :: Card

04-13-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Side shot

Side shot

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Fan

Fan

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review XFX artwork

XFX artwork

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Fan power

Fan power


The XFX card uses the reference cooler that has been around from ATI since the launch of the HD 4870 last year. Their logo and sticker covers the reference heatsink. There is a 47 fin fan on the rear of the PCB. The card itself is about 9 inches long with the cooler covering almost the entire length, save for an inch or so on the rear for the power connectors for the fan and video card to be situated.


XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Rear of PCB

Rear of PCB

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Rear of fan

Rear of fan

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review 6-pin power

6-pin power

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review LEDs

LEDs


There are two 6-pin power connectors on the card, just like the HD 4870 cards. This ensures that people without 8-pin power connectors can use this card without an adapter or buying a new power supply. The rear of the PCB has numerous circuitry, the GPU back plate and four LEDs which light up when the card is in need of power.


XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Crossfire bridges

Crossfire bridges

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review patent

patent

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Top

Top

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review PCI Express 2.0 connector

PCI Express 2.0 connector


The top of the card has two CrossfireX bridges to connect to other HD 4890 cards to improve performance in games when one than one card is installed. Note to run in CrossfireX mode with four HD 4890s would require 8 6-pin power cords! The card is a second generation PCI Express card meaning that it can have up to 5Gigabits/second transfer rate between the motherboard and video card.


XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Stickers

Stickers

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Length View

Length View

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review Heatpipe

Heatpipe

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review IO

IO


The rear IO of the card is identical to that of every other video card on the market that has this configuration including two Dual Link DVI outputs, and a HDTV output. You can attach a HDMI output or a VGA output with adapters, meaning that two Digital DVI monitors, two HDMI monitors, or two CRT monitors can be attached to the card.