Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 11-05-2008
Provided by: Palit
First Look

Inside we find the card itself, a quick installation guide in four different languages, a DVI to VGA adapter, a DVI to HDMI adapter, a dual Molex to 6-pin PCI-E adapter and an installation disc (not pictured). There is no game bundle which helps to keep the overall cost to a minimum.

Palit decided to use a dual fan heatpipe configuration (notice one is smaller than the other). This looks to be an effective cooling system, although I prefer coolers that dump the heat out the back of the case.

The back of the card is rather plain, with only the cooler's bracket and several serial number / warranty stickers to see. Well that, and the solid red PCB that matches the front of the cooler nicely. We can also see the CrossFire teeth on top, although there is no Crossfire bridge included.

The HD 4870 requires two 6-pin PCI-E cables, each capable of supplying at least 75 watts of power. Palit recommends a 500 watt or greater power supply for single cards and a 600 watt or greater unit for CrossFireX in dual mode.

Around back, we find two DVI ports, a DisplayPort and a "Smart Switch" labeled "normal" and "turbo". I appreciate a card with two DVI ports, as this easily allows me to run dual monitors. The DisplayPort may be unfamiliar to some, but it is a competitor to the HDMI connector. It's nice to see support for this but I can't think of anything I have run across yet that uses DisplayPort.

Noticeably missing is a HDMI port, although Palit thoughtfully included a DVI to HDMI adapter for those who use their HD televisions as monitors.

Finally we have the Smart Switch, which controls the dual BIOS that Palit has used with this card. In "normal" mode, the card operates at 750 MHz core / 950 MHz memory. When "turbo" mode is engaged, the card is overclocked to 775 MHz core / 1000 MHz memory - talk about user friendly overclocking!

Installation and testing just ahead.

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