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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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Specifications

  • I/O Output: DL-DVI-I+HDMI+VGA
  • Core Clock: 750 MHz
  • 320 Stream Processors
  • Memory Clock: 873MHz
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
  • 512MB /128bit GDDR3 memory interface
  • Passive cooler
  • On-board HDMI & Shader Model 4.1 support
  • 7.1 Audio Channel Support
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support
 

Sapphire Ultimate HD4670
 

Now here we have a screenshot from GPU-Z. This shows that the card has the RV770s little sister, the RV730 pumping in its core. Just like the more powerful versions of the RV700-series, the RV730 is manufactured with the 55 nm technique, but the transistor count, die size and bus width have all come down, when compared to the RV770. When you add these things up, you can probably guess, that this card really can't compete directly with the more powerful variations of the RV700 series. This core does however shine in a couple of different categories, price and power-consumption. When the more powerful versions may actually need two additional power-plugs, the RV730 cards settle nicely to just the power that can be delivered straight from the PCI-E slot. This means that the max power consumption of the card is less than 75 W in any situation.

It's also notable that the card actually ran at the specified 873 MHz on the memory even if GPU-Z shows otherwise on the front page. The real frequency could be checked from the sensors, and it checked out with the default one.

Testing

All the benchmarks were run with the same setup. The processor was overclocked to 4.05GHz just to make sure that the CPU isn't the bottleneck on the benchmarks. Each test was repeated three times in order to get a reliable result for the test.

One must remember that the results that we achieved cannot be directly compared to other systems and the achieved overclocks depend greatly on the card. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I'm still working on rerunning some of the benchmarks on the newer drivers, this card is going to be compared with results that were gotten with older drivers. Some of the results may be a little bit different with the newest drivers, but the differences aren't that drastic in most cases.

Hardware:
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 E8500 (9 x 450 MHz)
  • Motherboard: Foxconn Black Ops (Intel X48)
  • Memory: Patriot 1800LLK (1800 MHz 7-7-7-20)
  • Video: Being tested....
  • Sound: Onboard Audio
  • Storage: Western Digital 200 GB
  • Power Supply: Xigmatek NRP-HC1201
  • Chassis: Antec Skeleton (Modded)
  • Cooling: Corsair Nautilus (Modded)
Software:
  • Operating system: Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
  • Drivers: Catalyst 8.9, Catalyst 8.12, GeForce Release 178.4



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