On our test bench today is Gainward’s Golden Sample version of the latest high end video card to be released by ATI, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. Rumours and news about this particular model have been around since before the 512MB version made it to launch but it has taken some time for the 1GB model to reach the marketplace and it enters into a slightly more crowded segment than it would have three months ago. The main reason for this is the release of the 216 unified shader GTX 260 within the last fortnight.
In the original "battle" between the older GTX 260 and 512MB 4870 it is fair to say that both cards were very close in performance with neither scoring an overall victory in terms of speed. So how does the change in both designs impact that? Today we will be finding out as we run each through a selection of the latest games as well as throwing in a little high definition video testing.