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Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 Overclocked Edition

Tom's Holiday Buyer's Guide 2008, Part 4
By , Ed Tittel, Thomas Soderstrom

http://www.diamondmm.com/
$569
By: Chris Angelini

You likely already know AMD’s Radeon HD 4870 X2 as the fastest single card available on the market. It boasts two RV770 graphics processors, each attached to 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, totaling 2 GB onboard. It’s a monster of a combination with massive performance matched only by the card’s dimensions. Its form factor takes up two slots worth of expansion and is nearly 11” long, so you’ll need a large-enough case. Oh, and there’s also the card’s power requirements. AMD recommends at least a 550 W PSU with one 6- and one 8-pin auxiliary power connector.

This is high-end hardware, though. You’ll forget all about what the card looks like or cost once you’re playing Crysis: Warhead on that 30” Dell 3008WFP from the first edition of our Buyer’s Guide at 2560x1600. And so, we’d be remiss in passing the Radeon HD 4870 X2 by for our Holiday Buyer’s Guide—doubly so since Diamond’s take on the card is actually a souped-up version of AMD’s own reference specifications. Cutting right to the chase, a standard Radeon HD 4870 X2 sports two RV770s running at 750 MHz and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory chugging along at an equivalent 3.6 GHz data rate (900 MHz*4). Diamond ups the core clocks to 790 MHz and the memory clocks to 3.9 GHz effective (975 MHz*4) with its XOC edition board.

Granted, the subsequent boost in performance is going to be small (it’s well within the bounds of Catalyst Control Center’s Overdrive function, available on competing X2s) and you’ll certainly need a fast system in order to enjoy it. But the best part of the story is that the card can be found right around the MSRP of a vanilla 4870 X2. We’re seeing the board at about $569, plus up to $60 worth of rebates. So, at the end of the day, a factory-overclocked X2 will set you back just over $500. Moreover, if you can resist the urge to apply even more aggressive clocks, Diamond’s Radeon HD 4870 X2 also sports a year’s worth of warranty protection. In sum: fastest card on the market made faster by Diamond, a price tag that is competitive with or beats other X2s, and warranty coverage, should something go wrong with your supercharged board.

Diamond sticks to bundle basics in an effort to help keep its already high-end price as low as possible. There’s an S-video cable, a component output, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, a DVI-to-HDMI adapter, and the CrossFire bridge connector you could use to attach a second Radeon HD 4870 X2 for four-way CrossFireX.

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    snotling , December 2, 2008 11:10 AM
    The model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.
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    snotling , December 2, 2008 11:16 AM
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.

    I did notice there were two girls in there, but even if you add them up you still get too little meat to call that a woman.
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    wicko , December 2, 2008 11:28 AM
    Wow, I can't believe I'm reading complaints about these girls. They are skinny, but not anorexic, they look like they're in very good shape. My girlfriend is getting jealous :p 
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    blackened144 , December 2, 2008 11:54 AM
    I personally like the brunette for the articles.. Something about her reminds me of Christmas.. The blonde, not so much..
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    LSoares1 , December 2, 2008 12:19 PM
    Wait, Did I miss something? What happened to part 2 and 3 of the 2008 Holiday Guide? All I see is part 1 and now this one....
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    LSoares1 , December 2, 2008 12:31 PM
    nevermind - I see the links in this article, but I didn't notice them on the Guide section.
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    antiacid , December 2, 2008 1:11 PM
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.

    Were you looking for "fat girls gone wild" when you opened this review? Seriously, this had to be the dumbest complaint of the year.
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    WINTERLORD , December 2, 2008 4:08 PM
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    Of course, you’ll void your warranty in the process,


    does anyone know if intel really can tell if your CPU has been just mildly overclocked? with no burn marks ect. i wonder about that cause id love to overclock it's fun to tinker with, but could not afford getting a bum chip, and it not be under warranty.
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2008 4:18 PM
    Nice to see the update about the Seagate fix, finally.
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    WINTERLORD , December 2, 2008 4:19 PM
    That "the Gigabyte’s board with 2 graphics slots" is a sweet looking motherboard. and for anyone who just needs one graphics card slot i bet this be an alswome rig as well. a deffinit choice if i upgrade to the core 2 quad route. prolly go nehalem core i7 though
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    romans11 , December 2, 2008 5:02 PM
    wickoWow, I can't believe I'm reading complaints about these girls. They are skinny, but not anorexic, they look like they're in very good shape. My girlfriend is getting jealous


    Yeah, but the point is compared to Sarah (particularly with long hair in 2006) these ladies aren't in the same league. Some of us like women who look at least a little curvy.

    I know I should probably comment on the products not just the modeling talent, but since this is where the conversations begins, I'll jump in to the fray.
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    snotling , December 2, 2008 6:35 PM
    antiacidWere you looking for "fat girls gone wild" when you opened this review? Seriously, this had to be the dumbest complaint of the year.

    the actual dumbest "comment chain" of the year were on spotlight where hundreds of comments criticized Tamara for using a mac, dressing to casual, dressing to formal, being to expressive, being not expressive enough, being sexy, not being sexy... well I just find it amusing that nobody cares how Ben Meyer and Rob Wright look or dressup.
    Fat girls gone wild... how drastic. What about water-cooled hot chicks ?
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    Shadow703793 , December 2, 2008 7:55 PM
    For part 6 of this guide, consider recommending this: http://www.livescribe.com/smartpen/index.html My friend has one and god I envy him for it. Helps to handle long lecturs (1hr +) easily.
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    tipoo , December 2, 2008 7:57 PM
    SnotlingI did notice there were two girls in there, but even if you add them up you still get too little meat to call that a woman.

    lmao
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    KyleSTL , December 2, 2008 8:49 PM
    I'm surprized I'm the first to catch it, but the motherboard in the picture is not the UD3R, it is the UD3P. The UD3P has 2 PCIe 16x slots, whereas the UD3R only has one. It you click to see the full sized picture you can read (barely) the correct model number.
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    randomizer , December 2, 2008 9:31 PM
    It must suck to handle all that hardware but not be able to keep it.
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    randomizer , December 2, 2008 9:33 PM
    Snotlingwell I just find it amusing that nobody cares how Ben Meyer and Rob Wright look or dressup.

    Ben and Rob posing in Christmas gear, that would be funny.
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    caamsa , December 2, 2008 9:53 PM
    I am sure that none of you boys have the hardware that these ladies would be interested in anyway.

    Keep your flash drives in your pockets. ;-P
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    motleydogg , December 2, 2008 10:15 PM
    Sorry but my floppy drive has been replaced with a hard drive,... I wonder if I can place my RAM in the slot, I wouldn't try turning it on until after everything is in. I would like to monitor the cable being managed. It might get hot, but if we have a fan, I shouldn't have to twist those knobs to control things much,...
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    MitchMeister- , December 2, 2008 10:42 PM
    So I keep seeing everyone recommending the E8600.. but why when an E8400 is $100 less and the only difference is that it's not factory overclocked? Or is something on the E8600 that much better?
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