ASUS EAH4870 Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Card: Find Out if It's Worth the Wait

ASUS’s delayed launch of their HD 4870 based cards felt like the manufacturer was stringing gamers along with promises of giving NVidia some serious competition at a reasonable price yet failing to deliver.

The HD 4870 is a more budget oriented model that normally would result in lower performance along with a lower price point but the GDDR5 memory and a change from the 4850′s RV770 Pro chips to the less costly RV770 XT architecture puts a card into the sub $300 price range that is built to match NVIDIA’s 9800 GTX+ Line of cards.

There’s a review of the ASUS EAH4870 Radeon HD 4870 graphics card up on TechARP that gives all the spec munching details.

Fortunately, ATI finally delivered what they promised their fans for years – NVIDIA-thumping performance at a competitive price point.

ASUS currently offers three different Radeon HD 4870 models – the basic EAH4870, the EAH4870/G game bundle kit and the top-of-the-line EAH4870 TOP overclocked card. The card we are reviewing is the ASUS EAH4870/G, which essentially consists of the basic EAH4870 card and the “Alone In The Dark” game.

If you compare the specifications of the Radeon HD 4870 with that of the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+, you will see that the NVIDIA card has a 31.2% advantage in texture fillrate. However, the ASUS EAH4870 was still faster than it in every single benchmark we ran.

I know that as gamers we’re used to spending hundreds of dollars for the highest end hardware but it looks like ATI and ASUS might just deliver a piece of hardware worth the cash and reasonable enough that it won’t break my back trying to upgrade everything else to allow it to run.

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9 Comments on ASUS EAH4870 Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Card: Find Out if It's Worth the Wait

layton shumate

On August 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm

damn straight

Hekynn

On August 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Damn come on Nvidia lets see what ya guys are working on now :D need a cheap but good new GTX card I like Nvidia :D

Brandon

On August 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Gotta love that smell NVIDIA…

you know… that “OH crap we were on top now we’re totally getting our ass handed to us” smell?

AMD likes that smell.

ZenEye

On August 18, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Mmmm reminds me of that RAMBUS smell, remember? lol

xx-Thor-xx

On August 18, 2008 at 2:12 pm

hmm so because ATi is winning the upper mid range battle they are on top? they win the price>performance battle all the time anyways this is nothing new.. but Nvidia still has a stranglehold on the very top end of gpu’s with its gtx280.

Norbit

On August 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm

@ xx-Thor-xx

The new HD4870X2 2GB DDR5 has just been released and is now the best card on the market so Ati now has the mid range and high end.

xx-Thor-xx

On August 18, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I had no idea those were out already.. :D cool

Makes me wonder what Nvidia’s next move is gonna be.. hopefully a price drop and a the gtx300s come out to play.

Norbit

On August 19, 2008 at 4:50 am

Yeah there will definitely be a price drop on Nvidia’s part. Its nice to have real competition between them again for the first time in a few years.

Steve

On August 19, 2008 at 9:34 am

TechARP needs to get with the times. Benchmarking an HD4870 against a 9800GTX+ is rather lame at this point. Especially since the 9000 series was nothing but a die shrink of the 8000 series, which we all know is a 2 year old design.

Nvidia already dropped the price of the GTX260 to match the HD4870 some time ago. In fact, if you look hard enough, you can find a factory overclocked GTX 260 with quite a significant bump at a reasonable price. And they aren’t running 90C either.

I can understand ATI/AMD fanatics/zealots being ecstatic over ATI/AMD catching up in the GPU arena, but geez, it’s getting to the point of annoyance with the overdone “ZOMG, Nvidia got pwned!” remarks. Nobody’s spanking anyone. If you require a reference of what a spanking is, go back 2 years ago and look at the first 8800 reviews. Heck, this current crop of GPU drama isn’t even as exciting as the Voodoo 5 vs. Geforce 2 battle earlier this decade.

In all seriousness, either way you go today, you can’t lose. The HD4850 will give a person a consistent 60 FPS in -most- games without breaking the bank. And if you can afford a nice 24 or 30 inch display, the flagship cards are probably in your range as well. Quite frankly, I’m still amazed how well an 8800 still holds up today on a 22″ monitor given its age.