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

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

By Benjamin Sun

What’s the use of having 2GB of memory on a video card if you don’t use the card to its fullest potential? To show performance in games I used the following applications: FIFA Soccer 09, the new ARMA2 demo Crysis, Anno 1404 and the HAWX game. The list includes a DX10 game, a DirectX 10.1 game and three of the latest games on the PC.

One of my favorite genres in gaming is the Real-Time Strategy (RTS). Anno 1404 is a RTS set in the exploration period of history. You manage a civilization with various buildings, empires and tasks. The game is reminiscent of Age of Empires in many ways with houses that advance as you complete tasks, marketplaces which expand your civilization and more. The game played great on the HD 4870.

FIFA 09 is the latest Soccer game from Electronic Arts, the makers of Tiger Woods and many other games including Red Alert 3. This game uses DirectX 9.0 graphics to show off the players and the field. FIFA 09 is set to run at a constant 60 fps with little options to turn up the frame rate. The Sapphire HD 4870 2G ran this game flawlessly at 60 fps throughout.

Crysis is the benchmark by which all video cards of the last two years have been measured against. Crysis plays great on the HD 4870 Vapor-X from Sapphire with frame rates in the constant 30s even at 1680x1050 resolution with 4x FSAA and 16x AF. Video cards like the HD 4870 are required to fully enjoy this game with all of the graphics turned on and the 2GB of memory really helps in this game as well.

Armed Assault 2 is a tactical combat game ala Battlefield and Call of Duty where you are a member of a platoon of soldiers trying to complete several missions and kill the enemy. The game uses the latest in graphics enhancements including DirectX 10.0 and was completely playable at 1920x1200 2x FSAA 16x AF. Turning on 4x AA caused the frame rate to hit the low 30s and was not totally playable.

Tom Clancy’s HAWX is one of the first games to support DirectX 10.1 features. The game is set in the near future with you as a pilot for the High Altitude Warfare eXperimental squadron or HAWX for short. The game utilizes a vast array of aircraft from the F4 Phantom II to the F-22 Raptor fighter. The Sapphire card played this game with ease with frame rates of 80-90 fps at 1920x1200 with 4x AA and 16x AF. DirectX 10.1 improved performance over DirectX 10.0 on the same card.


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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


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