Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 review

ATI has made a notable comeback over the past year with enticing GPU releases that have been able to match and sometimes surpass Nvidia's offerings in terms of performance, power consumption and value.

As things stand today, the GeForce GTX 280 is the fastest single GPU graphics card available, while the standard Radeon HD 4870 is not too far behind it. Yet the Radeon costs less than $300, while the GTX 280 is selling for roughly $450, giving AMD some generous pricing headroom to play with.

So, trying to make the most of this situation, for $559 AMD has come up with the Radeon HD 4870 X2, which follows the same premise of previous generation X2 cards, taking two of the latest Radeon GPUs and sticking them on a single PCB. A terrifying prospect given the power of today's graphics processors. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 boasts an enviable combined processing power of 2.4TFLOPS, 60 Gtexels/s of bilinear filtering, and courtesy of some highly clocked GDDR5 memory, 230GB/s of memory bandwidth.

View: Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 review @ TechSpot

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Terrifying prospect? What's so scary, the power consumption or the heat dissipation?

Yeah, I don't think I'd ever spend more than $250 on a video card. They just get replaced so quickly. Hell, my current one was $130 and now it retails for $65 not even a year later.

Wow I haven't seen the name Diamond in a long time. I thought they went out of business, or is this somebody that just bought the name? That card looks ridiculous though, and $559...I hope I never start taking games that seriously.

wow 60Gigatexels of bilinear filtering hello don't make me laugh wens the last time anybody used anything other than Anisotropic and trilinear filtering come on AMD get with the times tell me wen you can do 60 gigatexels of 16x aniso filtering with minimal fps loss