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Power Color HD 4870

Author:  Jason Dumbaugh
Date:  2008.10.10
Topic:  Video
Provider:  Power Color
Manufacturer:  Power Color

Power Color HD 4870


PowerColor HD4870


You're playing Crysis Warhead, you see your opponent and are preparing to jump them from behind. They turn around and see you, but before you defeat them you are killed. Why? Because your 256MB AGP card just isn't cutting it anymore. Time for an upgrade, but where to turn? The new HD 4870 by PowerColor promises to serve up some of the best graphics with their new 512MB GDDR5 card, but can it hack the latest games?


PowerColor's Take:

"PowerColor HD 4800 has adopted 55nm technology and is powered by ATI’s Radeon HD 4800 graphics processing units. For HD4870, its GPU and memory runs at 750MHz and 900MHz respectively with 512MB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus design, memory data transmission rates up to 3.6Gbps. As for HD 4850, it’s equipped with 512MB of GDDR3 on a 256bit memory bus design, while the GPU and memory run at 625MHz and 1986MHz respectively.

PowerColor HD 4800 series offer Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1, PCI Express® 2.0, on-chip HDCP, built-in HDMI with 7.1 surround audio, and also with the support for Shader Model 4.1, Universal Video Decode 2, and ATI CrossFireX™ technology.

With all the aforementioned 3D graphic features, PowerColor HD 4800 series assure users of an incredible visual performance while the same time generously providing Dual Dual-Link DVI and H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 video encoding program output support to deliver an unsurpassed image on a high definition 30 inch LCD with resolutions of up to 2560x1600. All in users have even more choices for experiencing phenomenal 3D entertainment.

PowerColor HD 4800 series brings the latest and greatest technology into a competitive product lines.” says Ted Chen, CEO of TUL Corporation. “PowerColor aims to satisfy the toughest customers’ demand; I believe we can do it with this new generation graphics.”



Graphics Engine


Model # AX4870 512MD5-H
Video Memory


Engine Clock


Memory Clock

900MHz (3.6Gbps)

Memory Interface


DirectX Support


Bus Standard

PCIE 2.0

Video Input


VGA Output

Yes, By DVI to VGA converter

HDTV Output

Yes, By HDTV Cable

TV Output


DVI Output

DVI-I x 2

Dual DVI Output


HDMI Support

Yes, By DVI to HDMI Adapter

HDCP Support


Adapter/Cable Bundled

Manual, DVI Dongle, HDTV Cable, HDMI Adapter, CrossFire Cable

Software Bundled

Driver CD



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