Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 2GB Vapor-X Video Card Review

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Bundle and Test Setup

Sapphire 4890 2GB Vapor X Compared

The box that our Sapphire card came in definitely looks the part of cool. With a penguin on an iceberg, they’ve got solid enforcement that this card is going to run lower temperatures than your run of the mill 4890.

Sapphire 4890 2GB Vapor X Box

In our bundle we have pretty standard stuff, with power cables, CrossFire cable, and HDMI to DVI dongle. We also have Cyberlink PowerDVD and DVD suite software and a full version of 3DMark Vantage with a key! This is a nice little bundle that comes with a great card!

Test System

Diamond HD 4870 1GB


Intel Test Platform



Live Pricing


Intel Core i7 920


ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm


Kingston HyperX DDR3

Video Card

ATI Radeon HD 4870

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150GB


Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme

Power Supply

Corsair HX620

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

Our system was set up with a fresh install of Vista Ultimate 64 with SP1. All the latest chipset drivers were used for the motherboard, while CATALYST 9.8 was used for ATI video cards.

To ensure that we are getting very high performance, our i7 920 is overclocked to a full 4GHz (200×20). Memory is run at 1600MHz with 8-8-8-21 timings.

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