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HD4870 512MB - MSI R4870 and R4870 OC review Print E-mail
Written by Dimitar Dinchev a.k.a. Veseliq   
Monday, 03 November 2008

The last two years were extremely rough for AMD. The company began trailing a lot behind Intel with their brilliant Core 2 processor, and if that wasn't enough, upon acquiring ATI, things didn't work out with video cards either. When at the end of 2006 NVIDIA came with its G80 core and the DirectX 10 videocards based on it, AMD had nothing, and the released six month later 2900 series cards were performing similarly to 8800GTX. The end of 2007 gave AMD a bit of breather thanks to HD3850 and HD3870, but even then NVIDIA managed to shine with its new G92 core and the 8800GT and 8800GTS 512MB cards based on it. But enough of the past, there are two more, new cores from AMD and NVIDIA. Now let's see how do they fare compared to each other.

The release of the newest generation of video cards of NVIDIA (GeForce 200, based on the GT200 core) and AMD (HD4800, based on Radeon R700) happened in ModReactor's... "blind spot". Were are about to redeem ourselves for that unfortunate occurrence, by presenting you with series of reviews for the different models of the latest cards from the video card industry leaders. The first one is of the referent MSI R4870 (R4870-T2D512) and another, non-referent MSI R4870 OC (R4870-T2D512-OC).

There isn't much to be said about R4870-T2D512 (the MSI, based on HD4870). The card is completely referent - as recommended from AMD. Same goes for the core and memory frequencies. The following table will aid you in keeping track of the model specifications. Now the more interesting card is the MSI R4870-T2D512-OC, that comes with factory raised frequencies but that's all about it - same PCB design, same cooler, same everything else :)

Specifications of the latest generation video cards from AMD and NVIDIA
HD 3850
HD 3870
9600 GT
8800 GT
HD 4850
8800 GTS
MSI R4870-T2D512
(Radeon HD 4870)
MSI R4870-T2D512-OC
(Radeon HD 4870)
GTX 260
GTX 280
Shader units 320 320 64 112 800 128 800 800 192 240
ROPs 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 28 32
Core RV670 RV670 G94 G92 RV770 G92 RV770 RV770 GT200 GT200
Transistors 666M 666M 505M 754M 956M 754M 956M 956M 1400M 1400M
Memory 256 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 896 MB 1024 MB
Bus width 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 448 bit 512 bit
Core frequency 670 MHz 777 MHz 650 MHz 600 MHz 625 MHz 650 MHz 750 MHz 780 MHz 576 MHz 602 MHz
Memory frequency 828 MHz 1126 MHz 900 MHz 900 MHz 993 MHz 970 MHz 900 MHz 900 MHz 999 MHz 1107 MHz
Price (rough figures at the time of reviewing) 95? 125? 105? 125? 160? 175? 265? 290? 305? 430?

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