Summary: If you are looking for the perfect christmas present for any ATI fanboy then the Sapphire HD 4870 X2 Atomic is as good as it gets. Its a big package that will ensure proper excitement before unpacking. The presentation is outstanding, even though the build quality of the watercooling tubing leaves me wanting some real rubber tubes.
Pros: Great performance, Overclocked out of the box, Full warranty for watercooling + overclock, Amazing presentation and accessory package, Single slot cooler, Quiet under load, CPU block included
Cons: High price, Only small performance increase over reference design, Fan speed fixed - noisy in idle, CrossFire does not work in windowed 3D, Extremely high power consumption in idle, CPU waterblock doesn't seem to be too powerful, Limited overclock despite water cooling, Complex overclocking process, Dual GPU design - depends on optimum driver support, Build quality not as good as HD 3870 X2 Atomic, New competing NVIDIA products arriving soon, Two fan power connectors ...
Summary: The results from the benchmarks prove that the Sapphire Radeon HD4870x2 is really something. In all of our tests, we've seen the Radeon HD4870x2 come top of the list. This is all thanks to the power of 2 RV770 XT GPUs and the massive 2Gb of GDDR5 ram. There's no question in my mind, that AMD/ATI are back in the game when it comes to producing affordable high-end graphic cards aimed at the hardcore gamer and enthusiast.
Excerpt: No, you aren't seeing things; this is indeed our second "review" of the AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB graphics card. The first iteration was officially coined a "preview" of the card since it didn't have a final BIOS, final drivers and AMD asked us to limit our testing to just a handful (three) of games. Since then we have been given more information on the card, how it differs from the HD 3870 X2 technology and were able to spend a bit longer with the product.
Summary: AMD has not promised too much when they stated that their HD 4870 X2 will be the fastest graphics card in the world. The HD 4870 X2 leads our testing with a 14% performance advantage over the NVIDIA GTX 280. However, this price will cost you. $549 is a huge amount of money which results in the worst performance per dollar ratio of all cards on the market today.
Pros: Fastest graphics card on the planet, GDDR5, 1 GB for each GPU, PCI-E 2.0 bridge chip, HDMI+HDCP+Audio via adapter, 7.1 HDMI Audio integrated in GPU, PCI-Express 2.0 support, Nice software bundle, Supports CrossFireX, DirectX 10.1 support
Cons: Crippled performance in 2D / windowed 3D, High price, Does not scale well with all titles, High power consumption, Complicated overclocking, Limited overclocking potential, Does not support CUDA/PhysX, No native HDMI output, CrossFire Sideport disabled at launch
Excerpt: Hoy a las 06.00h de nuestro país AMD-ATI acaba de lanzar de forma oficial la Radeon HD4870X2, la tarjeta gráfica más potente del momento, apelativo que podréis comprobar ampliamente a lo largo de esta review que dedicamos a la misma, y en la que podrán conocer de primera mano todas las características, especificaciones, detalles, y por supuesto los números obtenidos en las pruebas comparados con los de sus más inmediatos rivales.