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GeForce GTX 260 or RADEON HD 4870 1024MB

Which is better for about $300?

March 10, 2009



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Comparison with the reference design, front view
PALIT RADEON HD 4870 Sonic 1024MB Reference card ATI RADEON HD 4870
HIS IceQ4 RADEON HD 4870 Turbo 1024MB


Comparison with the reference design, back view
PALIT RADEON HD 4870 Sonic 1024MB Reference card ATI RADEON HD 4870
HIS IceQ4 RADEON HD 4870 Turbo 1024MB


HIS IceQ4 RADEON HD 4870 Turbo 1024MB
  • GPU: RADEON HD 4870 (RV770)
  • Interface: PCI-Express x16
  • GPU frequencies (ROPs/Shaders): 770/770 MHz (nominal -- 750/750 MHz)
  • Memory frequencies (physical (effective)): 1000 (4000) MHz (nominal -- 900 (3600) MHz)
  • Memory bus width: 256bit
  • Vertex processors: -
  • Pixel processors: -
  • Unified processors: 800
  • Texture processors: 40 (BLF/TLF)
  • ROPs: 16
  • Dimensions: 260x100x33 mm (the last figure is maximum thickness of the graphics card).
  • PCB color: blue
  • RAMDACs/TDMS: integrated into GPU.
  • Output connectors: 2xDVI (2xDual-Link/HDMI), S-Video.
  • VIVO: not available
  • TV-out: integrated into GPU.
  • Multi-GPU operation: CrossFire (Hardware).
PALIT RADEON HD 4870 Sonic 1024MB
  • GPU: RADEON HD 4870 (RV770)
  • Interface: PCI-Express x16
  • GPU frequencies (ROPs/Shaders): 775/775 MHz (nominal -- 750/750 MHz)
  • Memory frequencies (physical (effective)): 1000 (4000) MHz (nominal -- 900 (3600) MHz)
  • Memory bus width: 256bit
  • Vertex processors: -
  • Pixel processors: -
  • Unified processors: 800
  • Texture processors: 40 (BLF/TLF)
  • ROPs: 16
  • Dimensions: 220x100x33 mm (the last figure is maximum thickness of the graphics card).
  • PCB color: red
  • RAMDACs/TDMS: integrated into GPU.
  • Output connectors: DVI (Dual-Link/HDMI), Display Port, HDMI, VGA.
  • VIVO: not available
  • TV-out: not installed.
  • Multi-GPU operation: CrossFire (Hardware).


HIS IceQ4 RADEON HD 4870 Turbo 1024MB
PALIT RADEON HD 4870 Sonic 1024MB

Each graphics card has 1024 MB of GDDR5 SDRAM allocated in eight chips on the front side of the PCB. Qimonda memory chips (GDDR5). These memory chips are designed for the maximum frequency of 1000 (4000) MHz.


Even a fleet glance is enough to see that Palit's card is customized, while HIS' card copies the reference design (but it's still manufactured by HIS). The product from Palit offers all possible connectors that have been designed for graphics cards. Besides, it comes with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter, so that you can plug two LCD monitors via DVI.

The card from HIS has an original TV-out that requires a special adapter to output video to a TV set via S-Video or RCA.

An analog monitor with a D-Sub (VGA) interface can be connected by means of a special DVI-to-D-Sub adapter. The bundle also includes a DVI-to-HDMI adapter (these graphics cards support video/audio output to HDMI receivers), so there should be no problems with such a monitor.

Maximum resolutions and frequencies:

  • 240 Hz maximum refresh rate
  • 2048 x 1536 x 32bit @ 85Hz Max - analog interface
  • 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz Max - digital interface (all Dual-Link DVIs)

As for HDTV, a review is available here.

All these cards require additional power sources, so each is bundled with a molex to 6-pin adapter, even though all modern PSUs have such cables.


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