Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review :: Bundle

07-02-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun
  • Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4870 2G GDDR5 video card
  • 3DMark Vantage
  • PowerDVD
  • RUBY ROM
  • Cyberlink DVD Suite
  • Crossfire Bridge
  • 2 6-pin power converters

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Box front

Box front

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Box rear

Box rear

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Inside box

Inside box

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Bundle

Bundle


Sapphire bundles their HD 4870 card in a silver box with the Vapor-X in the center of the front cover, a list of the main features of the card on a list on the right side of the cover, the Sapphire logo on the upper left hand corner, ATI Radeon and CrossfireX logos on the upper left hand corner and 2GB GDDR5 also in this position. The rear of the box has Product highlights and the awards Sapphire has won.

Cyberlink's DVD Suite is included with the bundle. This software includes software to play back DVD movies in conjunction with the graphics chip. Sapphire includes a copy of PowerProducer 4, PowerDirector 5 Express, Power2GO 5.5, Medi@Show 3, and trial versions of PowerBackup 2.5, PowerDVD Copy and LabelPrint 2.

Sapphire has taken a different approach to their gaming bundle. They include a full copy of 3DMark Vantage, which is the latest version of Futuremark's benchmark software, and a DVD called simply Ruby ROM. Ruby ROM contains Game demos, Applications, a Ruby screensaver and an ATI Wallpaper which shows the eye looking at Matrix-like code.

The game demos include Call of Juarez, a DirectX 10.0 game with impressive visuals, Dungeon Runners, a free MMORPG and John Woo's Stranglehold. One of the issues with including full-version games is that the games get old rather fast and many enthusiasts would have purchased a good game already. One exception to that rule is the Half Life 2 bundle ATI worked out with Valve but that was the exception to the rule.


Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Driver CD

Driver CD

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review CyberLink DVD Suite

CyberLink DVD Suite

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review PowerDVD Setup

PowerDVD Setup

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review RubyROM

RubyROM


ATI releases new drivers every month, and their drivers have improved greatly over the time of the Radeon 8500. Terry Makedon is chief of the ATI driver team and the latest version is Catalyst 9.6 which was released a couple of weeks ago. ATI allows their video cards to offer up to 24x coverage filter anti-aliasing in games and the HD 4870 has the horsepower to power many games at 4x or even 8x FSAA with decent speed.


Driver shots


Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review


Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review

One of the main features of this card is the Vapor-X cooling system and to test it I set the maximum fan speed to 100% in the drivers. This netted a temperature when idle of 39C. Idle temperatures when the card fan was at normal operating speed was 52C, marking a huge difference when idle. Stress testing showed a maximum temperature of 68C. Overclocking the card had spectacular results with the maximum allowed overclock on an ATI card using Overdrive totally stable without visual artifacts. What's even better is the fact that the card in question only reached 69C with that overclock and fan speeds set to 100% all the time. The card was quiet in normal operation, and noisier but not noticeable when the case was closed at 100%.


Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Idle temp

Idle temp

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Idle temp max fan

Idle temp max fan

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Max overclock

Max overclock

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review Max overclock temp stress

Max overclock temp stress