XFX Radeon HD 4890 Video Card

Alright, this ain’t
any regular 4890. This is the 4890 XXX
edition from XFX. And this is the fastest 4890
I’ve seen so far. It is very, very, very fast and if you
don’t know about the 4890 just yet, it’s pretty much an RV770.
It’s called the RV790. It’s still 55 NM, but because they’ve gotten
better and they’ve become more used to manufacturing their chips,
the RV770’s, they’ve made them have higher frequencies,
are more tweak-able, and there are some good options
in here for power. So the RV790 is definitely an upgrade even
though it’s still 55 NM. It does run cooler and it is more efficient,
even though with the higher frequencies. And that’s just because they’ve gotten
better at managing that power. Also, you get the advantages of having the
newest drivers and the AMD fusion software, so a lot of good stuff that goes
into these cards. But definitely, by far,
is the higher frequencies. This thing, Factory Clock is ridiculous.
Overclocking it is ridiculous. It goes even higher, so, just to give you an
idea of the shaders and the core on an ATI card, the 4800 series are all the
same. They’re always matched up. So, a regular 4870 is 750 MHz.
OK? A 4890 is 850 MHz. But this is 900 MHz, and when I overclocked
it I got it to 985 MHz, which is extremely high, almost 1 GHz.
I bet you can get it into 1 GHz with maybe water cooling or
maybe getting that lucky card. I bet you you could get it to 1 GHz.
It’s not a problem. So let’s talk a little bit more about,
also about frequencies. Let me just give you a quick idea.
The Factory 4870 has a 900 MHz memory clock. And that’s DDR5, so that actually goes,
it gets increased, that number because it’s multiplied by four.
It actually goes to 3600 effective data rate. OK? Now, the 4890, the Factory one is 975,
which is 3900 MHz. Extremely, extremely high. And what’s really crazy about this one,
I overclocked the memory to 1190 MHz clock rate,
which is 4,760 MHz, or 4.7 GHz. Very, very highly overclockable card.
Now, another thing that’s really cool about this card, is that it gives you OpenGL
4.0, which is the first card to bring that to the market.
It also brings you Shader Model 4.1, and DirectX 10.1. So, definitely
the new OpenGL is brand new, been using 2.1 for a while, this is
the first one to use the 3.0 protocol. You also get a slightly different
cooler on here. It’s got three heat pipes actually. You
can’t see them but they’re hidden in there. This is an all-clear case and this thing
does cool pretty, pretty well. It’s very, very similar to the 4870.
But it is slightly different. Talking about power, you’re going to need two
6-pin PCI Express Connectors, right there. I would recommend about 500 watt power supply
for this with a good quality power supply. If you have a lesser quality power supply
it’d be nice to have 600 and about 750 if you want to do CrossFire. But, you
can probably do CrossFire with 500 alone if you have a high quality power supply.
Maybe a PC power and cooling, or Corsair, or something of the sort, like that,
you shouldn’t have any problems. So, very, very nice card. Now, you also, you
have dual monitor controllers on here. Dualing DVI’s with
400 MHz RAMDACs. These will do 2560 x 1600
with a dual linked DVI. Or they’ll do 1920 x 1080
with a single linked DVI. You also got that 7-pin
Digital S-Video cable right there, which can use a breakaway cable to go to
composite, which are these right here. This is a breakaway cable.
It plugs in there. And this goes to your TV. This’ll do 1080i to a television
with no audio. Also included in the box is this.
I would kind of hope that noone’s using this, but some people might need it.
This is a composite breakaway. So pretty much this goes in here,
7-pin and out comes a composite, so you have one audio. Now your best bet
though is to use this device. This is an HDMI to DVI adapter, and this
will do 1920 x 1080 p. And it will do 7.1 channel lossless audio.
And that’s because this thing has the UVD, or the Unified Video Decoder
lets you do Blueray and 1080p content, as well as HDCP support. That’s all
included on here, which is really nice. You can get 7.1 channels through that DVI.
You gotta make sure though that you hook up the audio cable
that comes in the box. It’s called audio loop cable, that’s very
important to have. On top of that HDMI and HDCP support
you do have the ATI Power Play which is really cool. That actually monitors
the temperature on the card, the GPU activity, how much are you using it,
and it underclocks it. That’s why this card saves you so much power
in, pretty much in the power and in the efficiency range. It is more
efficient because it does have that ATI Power Play. Of course it does do
CrossFireX, so if you want to link these two GPUs together, up to three or for GPUs,
you can as well. You can also use this with
any other 4800 series card. It’s not a big deal if you want to
mix them and match them. That’s one of the good things about ATI
that is really nice to have. Now, let’s talk a little bit more
about the specs. Again, 800 shaders on here. The core clock
is at 900 MHz, same thing for the shaders. You got 1 GB of GDDR5 clocked at 3900 MHz
effectively and 256-bit memory interface. So that’s pretty wide. And you get
40 texture units and 16 ROPs. So, pretty much the exact same as
the 4870 minus the higher frequency. Now, let’s talk about benchmarks,
because we got quite a few here to go over. I did a few. First of all, let me tell you
the benchmark set up. It’s a Core i7. It’s at 4 GHz, I wanted to
make sure there’s no bottle necking, so I overclocked it to 4 GHz.
Corsair memory 1866. 6 GB of triple channel.
It’s actually clocked at 1600 MHz. So it’s slower, but it’s got
really tight latencies. It’s 7, 7, 7, 24 with
a 1T command line, I believe. Two X25 MSSDs in Raid O
on a Windows 64-bit OS. And I did two resolutions, four games,
1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200. So your native 22” and 24” resolutions. Most of the games were
with everything cranked up. HDR and anti-aliasing,
and anisotropic filtering. Everything was cranked up to the maximum,
and that’s pretty much it. So, let’s just jump into it.
Taking a look, first of all, at Tom Clancey Hawx, which is actually
the game that comes with the video card. This is a flying game, flight simulator. But,
it’s more like a combat flight simulator. Very, very fun game to play.
It just came out on the market. Pretty cool. And it performed quite well.
This video card, as you would imagine, because it is in the box, so let’s look at
that. At 1680 x 1050, compared to the GTX 260, the 4870, and the 4890
non-overclocked versions. The GTX 260 did 54fps.
The 4870 did 57fps. The 4890 did 63fps. And this XXX version did 69fps.
Now, at 1920 x 1200 you get a lot more stress
to the video card. 37 frames per second on the GTX 260.
42fps on the 4870. 49fps, so we got an
additional 7fps on the 4890, and by overclocking we get an additional
three or two frames per second to 51fps. Now, next game, Far Cry 2.
Another great Direct X10 game. This is fully maxed out settings.
8X, 8A and 16XAF, all the settings maxed out. Also we’re using the AMD Fusion
expert profile in the catalyst 9.4 drivers. As you can see here, the GTX 260 still has
an advantage on this game. Very, very NVIDIA based, so 1680 x 1050.
We saw 51fps on the 260. The 4870 did 40fps.
The 4890 did 43fps. And the 4890 OC did 46fps.
Now, in 1920 x 1200 it wasn’t as bad. 45fps for the GTX 260.
35fps for the 4870. 38fps for the 4890. And 40fps
for the 4890 OC, or XXX edition. Now, moving on to Crisis Warhead.
This is where we pretty much had to turn off the filters.
So there’s no AA, no AF, gamer settings, direct X10 ready to go.
Just the basic settings. But, you know, very high. Obviously,
it’s not like the, you know, beginner settings. Pretty cranked up.
We got 42fps on the GTX 260. 40fps on the 4870.
The 4890 did it at 44fps. And the 4890 XXX
did it at 46fps. Moving on to 1920 x 1200 we do see
the frame rates drop off. The higher the resolution in Crisis,
it really will bring any video card to its knees.
I don’t care what it is. Dual GPU cards, water cool card,
it doesn’t matter because Crisis is gonna bring
it to its knees. 1920 x 1200 34fps for the GTX260.
The 4870 did 33fps. The 4890 did 35fps.
And the 4890 XXX did 37fps. Finally, Fall Out 3, my favorite game.
My favorite, favorite game. It’s so awesome. It’s just great and
playing the pit now, as well, on Xbox. And I played Fall Out 3 on the PC.
Here it is at 1680 x 1050. The GTX 260 did 63fps.
The 4870 did 68fps. The 4890 did 72fps.
And this XXX version did 76fps. Moving on up to 1920 x 1200,
the GTX 260 did 47fps. The 4870, 57fps.
The 4890, 64fps. And the XXX 4890, 68fps. Pretty much
destroying the fastest game of the year. No problem. Or the best game of the year.
My favorite game of the year definitely. At least it was voted several times
to be the best game of the year. But quite impressive. So a lot
of tweakability on this card. Lots of overclocking. Again, don’t forget my
overclocking. 980 MHz on the core. 980 MHz on the shaders.
And the memory was above 4.5 GHz. GHz, that’s ridiculous. It’s absurd.
So, this card is very, very fast. And it’s very cool. And I forgot
to tell you man, look at this box. This box is crazy, man.
It’s an “X”. I don’t even know
what to say about that. In case you want to know, included in the
box you also get this, this, that, you get that, you get that,
you get that, and you get this. So, composite, CrossFire cable,
two 4-pin molex to 6-pin, PCI Express Connectors,
and your component breakaway cable for 1080i to your TV.
There it is ladies and gentlemen. The 4890 XXX edition from XFX.
Very nice card. If you have questions on it, Email me.
And I’ll see you guys next time. For more information on the XFX
Radeon HD 4890 XXX edition, type in:
P450-4891 into the search engine of
any of these major retailers. For Computer TV, I’m Albert. (C) 2008 SYX Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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100 thoughts on “XFX Radeon HD 4890 Video Card

  1. Is this a Dragon Platform? :

    Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P
    XFX 4890 xXx 1gb
    3GB Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz
    AMD Phenom II 955 3,2Ghz
    Ace raw deal+ 620W
    NZXT Tempest Case
    500gb harddrive

  2. any1 looking for a newly built gaming pc with amd phenom II 955 +4 gigs of ddr3 +1 tb HDD +diamond edition hd 4890+ 1000w psu+motherboard 3 way crossfireX + vista ultimate and many free games …??????

  3. lol physX is terrible their are what 3 games on the market that use physX? and it is nothing special but i guess since you dont know alot about video cards ati is comiong out with stream to counter cuda and physX nt bad kid

  4. you can use PhysX in a lot of games -.-' you can able the PhysX in all direct 10 games… even on CSS you can -.-'….

  5. damn u crysis what video card u want to get u above 55 fps!!!??
    (after 10 years when u say my video card can play crysis i THINK PEOPLE WILL LAUGH AT U )

  6. i got this video card and overclocked it too 950MHz and 1100MHZ.

    the cool thing is that the software to overclock this video card is given in the box!

  7. I really want to know what this card can do with the new drivers. Given the huge performance boost the whole 4000 lineup got from them.

  8. which one is better ?
    ati sapphire 4890 toxic edition 1Gb ddr5 256 bit
    gtx 275 896mb 448bit
    ..which is the better one ?
    i mean i want this for Gaming… !
    i have a 19" monitor

  9. well they both are the same, they both works so similar and they have similar FPS in games like Crysis, FarCry2, FallOut3, Grid and somegame like that okk good luck

  10. just a bit. but not much. for 200 bucks you can get a phenom 2 X4 940 , at 3 Ghz. I have one but I OC'd it to 3.6GHz. If you can OC you CPU to 2.6 or maybe 2.8 Ghz, you're in the clear.

  11. NO 5870 is the only card that uses dx11 and it has the most transistors out off all the high end cards but the 5870 is the best right now

  12. right now its allright, BUT you gotta undestand how it works 5770 is 128 bit while 5870 is 281 bit something Just get a 5850

  13. Go for Quad core, I'd recommend a Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400, runs stock at 2.66GHz but you can easily get 4Ghz on it. It's cheap too. Or if you want Core2Duo, the E8400 comes stock at 3.Ghz, same price.

  14. Yet we buy the best parts, and Im guessing you're a console player (or have no pc knowledge and have a shitty pc). ENJOYING YOUR 720P @ [barely] 30FPS???


  15. Core 2 Quad Q9400 is by far the best Intel CPU to get if you cant afford the cheapest i7 model, or if you dont need something that hardcore. its 2.67 ghz stock but runs so smooth and cool at 3.4 and can easily go over 4.0

  16. go have a look onde the PhysX site have in the game list –', by the way, Nvidia ti's for games, ATI it's more to make games not to play then!

  17. @coolguyallday Oh ok, I figured you were talking about the gpu clock! Just got my HIS HD5870 in today, Im so glad to be back to good performance with no issues, My XFX HD5970 is sitting in its box hiding under my bed lol, anyone interesting in a XFX HD5970 lol!

  18. is a very good card, price/value is just alright, aniway i found it to run a bit hot and noisy…i solved the problem with a "twin turbo pro"(by artic cooling) the temps are dropped from 90° to 53° @full load and from almost 60° to 32° @idle.
    so if you encounter any temps issues, i really suggest to get one of those.

  19. out of these cards what would you guys reccomend……4890, 4870×2, gtx 285, 5850?

    I only have one card to use….

    quad core…6gb ram…

    my main monitor is a 19inch but i also have my xbr 32inch and it runs at 1980 by 1020

    so what card would be best out of those…SIngle card?


  20. yeah i figuried taht out…lol but thiers so many diffrent ones….xfx …saphire toxic edition…so many

  21. One question i used to use this video card on Asus Motherboard and i was getting 52 idle temps and now i change pc and im using gigabyte motherboard and im getting 59 idle temps and i put hand behind case and now i dont get much air like i used to do before and feel air .. now i dont feel it . what can i do ?
    the fan speed idle is 23%-24% i have antec case with 6 BIG FANS … so lot of air … any help to make fan run faster would be great. thank you

  22. @slissertje yea its perfectly normal i get it, its because the card gets a lot of stress its fine. I get it when loading some games.

  23. Very good review of a very good ATI card. It's a shame the encoding and rendering of the video was done by nVidia Quadro.

  24. Ok, I need some help with this. I was planning on get 2 ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB.
    1.) Does that mean if I get 2 cards I will have a better Picture?
    2.) And 2 cards with 2GB each will work together as 4GB?

  25. @uphill248 If you can't answer that yourself there is not point on spending as much money on a video card. You won't see a change if you don't know what to look for.

  26. if the ati 4890 requires a minimum 500W power supply, does that mean i have to have a 500W power supply? or can i just run it with 400W?

  27. @ezrawale1996 save up for a 5850. you won't be disappointed. i would stay away from 4xxx series cards, their getting to be unsupported. or just wait until november and get a new 6xxx series card!

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