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Diamond Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition - Final Thoughts

We pull the Diamond HD 4870 XOC Black Edition out of the Smooth Creations rig and test it in our own.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 15, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Diamond Multimedia

Final Thoughts

 

Diamond have managed to pull some serious speed out of the already fast HD 4870; the massive increase in memory clock speeds really manages to give us a serious boost in performance, making it compete against the GTX 280 in a lot of tests.

 

It doesn't come as any real surprise that the Diamond HD 4870 comes with a bigger price tag, but when looking online the difference seems to be a measly $20. When you look at the performance boost you get, the small increase in price really does seem like nothing.

 

While the card does manage to use a bit more power, it isn't that much extra and there would be no reason why a power supply that could handle a reference HD 4870 couldn't handle Diamonds XOC Black Edition.

 

This is one extremely fast card and the small price increase over a stock card makes it an extremely attractive option. If you're looking for the fastest out of the box HD 4870, you can't go past this option from Diamond.

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