- Minimum RAM: 1024 MB
VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card 900244
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- 512MB GDDR5 memory
- DirectX® 10.1
- ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance (Use up to four discrete cards with an AMD 790FX based motherboard)
- PCI Express® 2.0 support
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
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I have spent about 10 hours of pretty hard use and it has not glitched yet.
NOTE: the box does come with adapters to go from 2 4 pin to 1 6 pin power plugs, of course your powersupply still needs to be up to the task. I have a 550 watt supply but it only had 1 6 pin plug, so I was concerned I would have to "rig" something. I am running a Nvidia motherboard 2 gig ram, Q6700 processor overclocked to 3.2 ghz and 3 seagate 750 gig and 1 500 gig internal hard drives and have not had a issue. I have a systemax built system (BTW - not counting extra hard drives total out of pocket for system was ~ 1000.00 - before this card - that included the 8600).
I originally had a Nvidia 8600 - upgraded to a new 9800 - took that back and exchanged it for this. It has handled everything I have thrown at it - f.e.a.r. - crysis (High - running dx9), halflife 2 and several highdef movies.
For the money (heck, forget the money even) this is a very good card.
-1 star for loud fan speed at above 35% and incredible heat generation
-2 stars for ZERO support from visiontek
So I'd give the 4870 4 stars overall, but the visiontek's 4850 only gets 2 because they don't support their products. They claim lifetime warranty yet they don't have a phone number to call! I called the 1-800-VTEK-411 and guess what, they tell you to submit a support ticket OR call a new number. I assumed that the new number would allow me to get support within 30 minutes but it wasn't even their number! All they did was redirect consumers who had warranty questions to AMD which is not supposed to deal with warranties. I submitted a ticket a couple days ago and still no response. That's why I hate online "support" unless it's a live chat. Email support is usually useless.
Beware of visiontek! Worst customer service I've seen out of 20+ brands I've tried.
PS: While my 4870 wasn't running very hot it was reaching 70C under load which is apparently normal but still worrying. I think that may have been what borked the card.
I can only assumed someone bought it, tested it and then returned it the next day.
I play Battlefield Bad Company 2 on 1920x1080 with this thing plays it flawless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ordered a pair of these to run in SLI. They came and boxes were shrink wrapped but after I opened the box there was very visible wear marks on the cards and dust/dirt/debris! Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by BMW_Tech
The 512MB memory holds back this card. One should purchase the card with 1GB of onboard memory.Published on January 18, 2009 by T. C.
buy this product in July 7, 2008. Two years later stopped working this product if any reason. No more ATIPublished on December 18, 2008 by Frank
This is just my opinion on the card, very hard to OC , I haven't had a ATI on my computor for some time and wasn't that impressed about this card at all, I would recommend it but... Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by R. WILSON
This is the best card ever! The super hot issue is a mith, it's really easy to set a profile and change the fan settings. There are some forums with steps on how to do it. Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by Carlos Catania