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Sapphire launches 2GB Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X

Sapphire launches 2GB Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X

Sapphire's new Vapor-X cooler

It's no secret that ATI is launching its next generation cards sometime very soon, however Sapphire is keen to revitalise its 4870 and 4850 lineup with a pair of new Vapor-X coolers and an extra gigabyte of GDDR5 on its 4870 card.

The latest Vapor-X coolers eschew the larger heatpipes of the Toxic design for a 1.5x and dual height cooler, for the 4850 and 70, with extra heatsinks on both sides for the latter as well.

Both cards are not overclocked out the box, running 750/900MHz for the 4870 and 625/993MHz for the 4850, but the better coolers should provide some additional headroom for clocking the cards. We found the previous 4870 Toxic to be the most overclockable Radeon HD 4870 to date, so we can't wait to see what additional free performance the Vapor-X gives, not to mention the price comparison.

The PCB is Sapphire's own design, with solid aluminium capped capacitors like we're used to on motherboards and heatsinks on the MOSFETs and even the "Diamond Black" chokes, which we're told are supposed to improve power efficiency by 25 percent and keep it 10 percent cooler. Does this actually make a real world difference or is it marketing magic rubbed on from the bottle of snake oil? We'll be sure to find out.

Our biggest question is: does 2GB for a HD 4870 make a difference? We currently recommend the 1GB cards always over the 512MB HD 4870s already available, but will doubling the frame buffer again afford that much more performance? Does the HD 4870 core offer that much grunt to need a massive high resolution frame buffer?

Let us know your thoughts on the memory size and cooler designs below, in the forums.

Sapphire launches 2GB Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X

Sapphire launches 2GB Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X Sapphire launches 2GB Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X
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Sapphire launches 2GB Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X

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p3n 20th March 2009, 15:27 Quote
"don't use with 32bit OS" teheee
eeevan 20th March 2009, 15:50 Quote
One DVI port, seriously?
Turbotab 20th March 2009, 15:50 Quote
I wonder if this means that the next-gen 40nm performance cards, are going to run up to 2GB on a single gpu card, as standard?
Jack_Pepsi 20th March 2009, 16:16 Quote
Well, company partners are allowed to do what they want so it's a possibility. I doubt we'll see a reference next gen card (from ATi) with 2GB as standard, however I could be wrong.
Fod 20th March 2009, 16:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by eeevan
One DVI port, seriously?

the HDMI port can also be used for DVI. they're electrically identical, and an adapter is supplied in the box.
perplekks45 20th March 2009, 16:39 Quote
Why do they do that? 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x HDMI... :( why not just 2 x DVI, 1x HDMI and a VGA adaptor.
Jack_Pepsi 20th March 2009, 16:45 Quote
What they should have done is DVI, HDMI and then DisplayPort. ;)
Skiddywinks 20th March 2009, 17:19 Quote
Card looks great.
Denis_iii 20th March 2009, 17:57 Quote
can't wait to see performace, overclockability and temps/noise
pimonserry 20th March 2009, 18:22 Quote
Looks nice, I think 2GB per GPU is getting silly (I'll regret that in 2 years time ;))

I'd rather have the 1GB Toxic (with the nicer looking cooler), though these do look pretty nice.
Turbotab 20th March 2009, 18:50 Quote
http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews.php?reviewid=737 - Reviewed. Slight improvement at 2560 x 1600, unlikely to be any better at 1920 x 1200. Would make a sweet crossfire system, just need a 30 inch to go with it! Never mind, lottery tomorrow:>
Xir 20th March 2009, 19:13 Quote
Is it more silent than the old version?
wuyanxu 20th March 2009, 19:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
What they should have done is DVI, HDMI and then DisplayPort. ;)
^

this should be named GTA4 edition. or crazy-crossfire edition. for single cards, you'll never use up that amount of memory. at least anything below 30inch.
Slyr7.62 20th March 2009, 19:49 Quote
Of course that 1 VGA port is good for people w/ 1 VGA monitor. Like me for instance(I don't like having an adapter on my GTX260, looking for a 1'+ DVI-VGA cable). I have a fantastic NEC Multisync FE950, Trinitron tube (1 of the best 19" monitors for gaming, period). My secondary monitor is a 17" Sony LCD :p.
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
^

this should be named GTA4 edition. or crazy-crossfire edition. for single cards, you'll never use up that amount of memory. at least anything below 30inch.
True, this card and a few others aren't powerful enough to do high resolutions that might need 2GB Vram.
GrahamC 21st March 2009, 09:52 Quote
Nice looking cards with just the connections I am after for my next purchase so Saphire are over the first hurdle with this punter in that they have caught my eye. :) So long as the price is right and the noise is kept under v.tight control they will have a sale.

2gb is a lot of mem that the gpu prob won't be able to exploit in the pure gaming arena but the big push is for more than the gpu to push scantily clad vixens around fantasy vistas. Using the gpu for other tasks is where the mem is going to be exploited IMHO.
dec 21st March 2009, 12:18 Quote
watch the extra memory turn a 4870 into a gtx 285 killer.
Elton 23rd March 2009, 23:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by dec
watch the extra memory turn a 4870 into a gtx 285 killer.

Memory over 1GB has no real correlation to graphics performance below 2560x1600 + AA and AF, in fact most 2GB cards lose some frames on lower resolutions.
salesman 25th March 2009, 02:27 Quote
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102826&nm_mc=OTC-RSS
I am really thinking about getting this card. I think there is an improved benefit to having this card run at 1920x1200 over the 1GB cards.
It really is about price to me which $260 is floating on the ends of the price range. I can get a 1GB sapphire reference for just under $190, and the vapor-x 1GB design is $220, so there is a premium that I would be paying for.
I do like amd though when it comes to drivers for which games they work good at.
Also the cooler is much quieter and runs cooler as it did with the toxic ed.
I am very interested in what bit-tech has to say about sapphire.
Is there a review coming down the pipe for the 2GB card?
Turbotab 25th March 2009, 02:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by salesman
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102826&nm_mc=OTC-RSS
I am really thinking about getting this card. I think there is an improved benefit to having this card run at 1920x1200 over the 1GB cards.
It really is about price to me which $260 is floating on the ends of the price range. I can get a 1GB sapphire reference for just under $190, and the vapor-x 1GB design is $220, so there is a premium that I would be paying for.
I do like amd though when it comes to drivers for which games they work good at.
Also the cooler is much quieter and runs cooler as it did with the toxic ed.
I am very interested in what bit-tech has to say about sapphire.
Is there a review coming down the pipe for the 2GB card?

Have a look at my previous post, for a link to a review of the 2GB card, only a slight benefit at 2560x1600. So unless you want to crossfire and have 30 inch screen, it's probaly better to buy the 4890 or GTX 275, which are due in April.
salesman 25th March 2009, 04:20 Quote
Yeah I have read the article and considering the resolution I think that is an excellent benefit, however, I probably will wait anyways because new cards and price drops happen all the time.
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