SAPPHIRE HD 4870 Silent Efficiency 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E Preview

Yes. I got myself a SAPPHIRE HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E. It is silent efficiency edition. The heat sink is different than the reference design heat sink. And it looks cooler too. I am looking forward to see its performance in action. Can’t wait to play games with it.



  • GDDR5 memory and 256-bit memory interface
  • DirectX 10.1
  • 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering
  • 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
  • Dynamic geometry acceleration
  • Game physics processing capability
  • ATI AvivoHD video and display technologyUnified Video Decoder 2 (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD VideoBuilt-in HDMI with 7.1 surround sound supportOn-chip HDCP
  • ATI PowerPlay technology
Nice protection


  • Display Output: Dual DL-DVI-I+HDTV
  • Core Clock: 750 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 900 MHz, 3.6Gbps
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
  • 512MB /256bit GDDR5 memory interface
  • Dual Slot Active Cooler
  • HDMI compliant via dongle
  • 7.1 Audio Channel Support
  • Microsoft DirectX 10.1 support
  • Shader Model 4.1 support
Package contents

System Requirements

  • PCI Express based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
  • 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode)
  • Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to for a list of Certified products
  • 1GB of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive
  • Blu-ray / HD DVD playback requires Blu-ray / HD DVD drive
  • For a complete ATI CrossFireX system, a second ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per board (included) are required
Front view
Back view
Top view
2 DVI outputs and 1 S-video output
Lovely heat sink
Remember to plug in extra power source
Spin… Spin… Make it cooler…
  • orphess

    Please, when you’ve tried this one out, report your findings on performance, produced heat and noise level. Thanks, in advance πŸ™‚

  • Noted. Will come out a review after testing.

  • Mantarior

    So, what can you say about noise levels?

  • You won’t hear any noise if you don’t overclock it. Noise started to show up when fan speed above 3000 rpm. πŸ˜‰

  • Ops… Mistake. Should be 2000 rpm. But need a very quiet environment to hear the noise. πŸ˜›

  • It is a really great graphic card and is twice cheaper than GeForces of the same range!