It’s also worth noting that because the cooling fans are mounted in a top down configuration the airflow they produce blows directly down onto the twin core heatsinks before being exhausted out of the top and bottom of the card rather than out of the rear like the stock cooler does.
While we’re sure that the mammoth after market cooler is up to the task of keeping the card beneath it cool, but it’s a little concerning that the resultant hot air will be mostly exhausted into your case rather than out the back of the card.
Despite the hugely upgraded cooling solution Palit has been pretty stingy with the factory overclock applied to the Revolution 700 Deluxe, with an unchanged 750MHz core clock and only a slightly improved 950MHz (3,800MHz effective) clock.
We know the Radeon HD 4870 X2 is a very thermally demanding card in the first place, but surely that monster triple slot cooler allows for a more aggressive overclock, especially as a 50MHz overclock to the memory will, for the most part, have very little influence on in game performance?
Palit has also made some odd choices in regards to the Revolution 700’s connectivity options, with the dual DVI ports of the stock card replaced with a just a single DVI port, HDMI port and, laughably, a VGA port – why not just include a DVI to VGA adapter like every other board partner? There’s also display port connectivity, which we might consider a bizarre inclusion considering how rarely it’s used.
Click to enlarge - There are plenty of connectivity options on the card, but a very limited bundle
This jack of all trades array of ports has allowed Palit to skimp on the usual array of bundled connectivity bits and pieces, with the R700 Deluxe shipping with one of the sparsest bundles we’ve ever seen. All you get in the box is a driver disc, quick install guide, a 6pin PCI-E to 8pin PCI-E connector and a DVI to HDMI adapter. It’s pretty close to an OEM bundle to be honest, and while we appreciate Palit’s logic of including all the connectivity options on the card rather than in the box, we would have much preferred standard dual DVI connectivity on the card and then a couple of adapters on the side.
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Palit's Revolution 700 comes complete with a two-year warranty that includes cover for parts and labour. The warranty is a fairly standard in just about every respect and it's the same regardless of where you are in the world – it is in line with what most AMD partners offer, though. In the first year, you'll need to talk direct to the retailer if you're having problems and in the second year your direct point of contact will be Palit's own support team.