Sapphire Ultimate HD4670

Passive cooling all the way!
Author: Toni 'HaoKi' Siik
Published: 29.01.2009
Manufacturer: Sapphire
Product Group: Display Adapters
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Sapphire Ultimate HD4670


Sapphire Ultimate HD4670

Now here we have the passively cooled HD4670 from Sapphire. As you can see, the card is somewhat smaller than its siblings (the HD4850 and HD4870), being only slightly longer than the PCI-E slot. The heatsink that can be found from the card, is a special solution for Sapphire as far as I can tell, as the same heatsink isn't available separately by any manufacturer. The heatsink covers most of the front of the card, covering the GPU-chip and the memory-chips.

As you can also see, the card doesn't have any additional power-plugs, as it gets all of its power from the PCI-E slot. Really does make routing cables inside the case easier, when you don't have to worry about any cables to the graphics card. At the same time, with less cables hanging around the case, the graphics card might be able to get some more airflow, keeping it cool, even when cooled passively.

An additional thing that some of you actually may have noticed, is the lack of the Crossfire-connectors on the top of the card. This means that this bad-boy can't be linked up with his buddies for some more whoops-ass.


Sapphire Ultimate HD4670

Now here we can see the back of the card. As you can see, the heatsink actually extends over to this side. This is really not that big of a surprise, as the heatsink is really flat on the other side. This extra surface-area should help keep the card cool, even when stressed. There are some problems with this approach however. As the heatsink is this big behind the card, it actually eats up one slot from above. This means, that you can't have any other high cards in the slot that is above the graphics card. I actually had this issue with the Foxconn Blackops motherboard, as the upper PCI-E slot is next to the soundcard daughterboard. I had to install this card in the second slot instead of the first one, because of this clearance issue.

Close-ups on the cooling


Sapphire Ultimate HD4670

Here we can get a better look at the two heatpipes that come from the front of the card, linking it to the larger heatsink that is located on the top/back of the card.


Sapphire Ultimate HD4670

It's clearly visible here in this picture, how much the heatsink actually extends away from the back. It's this bulge, that may cause you some clearance problems.


Sapphire Ultimate HD4670

Now that we have covered every other side of the card, we can take a look at the back-panel of the card. The lack of adapters in the bundle can probably be explained, by the inclusion of three of the most common connections on the back. While most modern graphics cards only have either DVI-I, HDMI or a mix of these two on the back, Sapphire has even included a VGA-connector.

In the picture you can also see how empty the PCB of the card really is. There really aren't that many components visible on the card.

Now that we know that the card looks like, lets see what it's capable of.

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