Palit's newest entry into
the high-end video game stakes comes at a very attractive price,
particularly given its flagship performance!
As we saw in benchmark after benchmark, the
Palit HD 4870X2 videocard takes full advantage of its twin R770
GPUs to came out on top time and time again by a substantial
There is no denying that the Palit Radeon HD 4870X2
videocard is a massive beast - this graphics solution weighs over a kilo,
and its power demands are equally vast. The Palit HD 4870X2 comes equipped with
a heatsink that is up to the challenge, cooling the card effectively with a
minimum of noise. As you would expect from a video card bearing twin high-end
GPUs though, the HD 4870X2 gets a little toasty on top. PCSTATS definitely
recommends a having a rear exhaust fan on your system for this baby (but then,
you should have one anyway), or upping the cards fan speed to exhaust more heat
outside the system. Given the size of this card (27cm!) PCSTATS appreciated the
placing of the twin PCI-Express power connectors on the face of the card, rather
than the end. This can make all the difference in the world for gamers on a
budget trying to shoehorn a high-end card into a mid-tower system.
Palit's packaging for the HD 4870X2 is similarly
effective but unglamorous. The HDMI adapter is essential for taking full
advantage of the R770's capabilities, but we would have liked a second
DVI-to-analog adapter also. The HD 4870X2 comes equipped with everything you
need to connect to multiple monitors and LCD and/or HDTV screens too.
Perhaps because of its twin-GPU configuration, the HD
4870X2 wasn't able to achieve much in the overclocking area. We did manage a
respectable 200MHz memory boost, though. This is not a tweaker's card, but more
of a straight up gamers' delight, based on what we witnessed in the benchmark
If you crave widescreen gaming on a 20" or 24" LCD
display, with the newest and most intensive games, with virtually all the
eye candy enabled, the Palit HD 4870X2 2GB is the best videocard for the job....
That is, at least until the performance records are shattered once more in this
ever changing industry! Definitely recommended.
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