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In my previous article I told you about the effect of Nvidia’s GeForce driver on the performance of the GeForce GTX 260 (216SP) graphics card under Windows Vista x86. And I promised then that I would write another such review about ATI’s Catalyst driver and Radeon HD 4870 graphics card. For some reasons Catalyst has been criticized much more often than Nvidia’s driver by the users. The critics have got even louder since the release of the highly popular RV770-based graphics card series, complaining not only at the inexplicably low performance of the cards on specific levels of games but also at the abundance of various glitches. Therefore, besides just checking the speed of the card with different driver versions, I will tell you about any image artifacts I notice during my tests. I will begin this review by describing the graphics card and offering you the list of changes in the drivers from the moment the Radeon HD 48xx series was released.

HIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB

Package and Accessories

The small box of this card is designed in HIS’s traditional style. You can read all the basic information you may want to know about the product from the face and back sides. There is a cutout in the back of the box for you to take a look at the card’s cooling system.

 

Inside the colorful wrapper there is a thick cardboard box containing a plastic tray with the card and accessories. Here they are:

  • DVI → D-Sub adapter
  • DVI → HDTV adapter
  • CrossFire connector
  • One cable for connecting additional power (6-pin → 4-pin)
  • Holographic sticker
  • CD with drivers
  • User manual

Unfortunately, the kit doesn’t include video cables or games or even the exclusive multifunctional screwdriver from HIS. This is odd because these accessories (save for games) are all supplied together with the cheaper HIS Radeon HD 4870.

 
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