Palit has reinvented the HD 4870×2… or have they? VR-Zone finds out if the humongous triple-slot cooler has much of an advantage, if any.
For those who missed it, the HD4870 X2 is essentially two HD4870s operating in Crossfire mode, albeit on a single card. And as if the original wasn’t already huge enough, Palit has super-sized the HD4870 x2. What it calls the Revolution R700 Deluxe takes up a grand total of 3 slots.
With the super-sizing, one might assume that the Revolution R700 is heavily overclocked out of the box by the factory. That is not the case with the Revolution R700.
|Reference HD4870 x2||Palit Revolution R700 Deluxe||ASUS EAH4870X2 TOP|
|Core Clock (Mhz)||750||750||790|
|Memory Clock* (Mhz)||900||950||915|
Strangely enough, Palit has chosen not to overclock the core even the slightest. Even the Asus card fitted with a stock cooler is overclocked. We were expecting a more significant memory overclock instead of the anemic 50Mhz factory setup.
Regardless, the lack of a significant factory overclock means more headroom for overclocking or the cores and memory are not upto the task. We hoped for the former given the super-sized cooling. We find out if it is headroom and if the cooling is upto the task.