Force3D is the newest player in the world of PC graphics cards and as such they still seem to be establishing themselves in the market. We believe they have a solid product in the Radeon HD 4870 Black Edition, but unfortunately we were unable to find this card anywhere, while Force3Dís own website did not have a list of current distributors. According to a company's representative, pricing on this card is expected to be very competitive in the $260-270 range.
Performance-wise the Black Edition was good with the basic overclocking offered from the factory. When we tried to manually overclock the graphics card responded with a completely stable 800MHz core clock, while the memory was safe at 4.04GHz, which was quite an impressive result.
Without a doubt, the key ingredient was the Arctic-Cooling Twin Turbo cooler that let us have huge temperature reductions at both idle and load scenarios. This alone makes buying the Force3D Radeon HD 4870 Black Edition worthwhile over a standard version of the card. Overall the Radeon HD 4870 Black Edition proved to be an excellent product, offering much needed cooling enhancements at no extra cost.
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