This is definately the time to consider a new video card if you haven't purchased a new one already. The competition is very tight between Nvidia and ATI in the GPU war. You can pick from one of the new lines say the 48xx or GT260/GT280 and you will be able to play your favorite games in the cleaniest of resolutions. You can even step back and grab a model from the last era like the 38xx or 98xx and be able to have success in all your gaming adventures. You just can't go wrong right now. Depending on which you are a fanboy of there is a video card out there right now for you. That whole I will wait to see what comes out next jazz is old.
And for those that want more every manufacturer that puts out a video card will do it in two stages. The first is to release a model on based on the reference design, which is great. And then there is the models that are based on a non-reference model that the real gamers and enthusiants are looking for. The non-ref boards will have aftermarket coolers that will make the card stand out from the others on the shelf at your favorite store. And chances are the non-ref is slightly overclocked for a performance enhancement. Sapphire is one of companies that releases cards under both designs but when it comes to non-reference the Toxic is a big boy.
We got our mitts on the latest card to the Toxic line, the 4870 Toxic. And if you are one of those that have had a Toxic card before you haven't seen anything yet. The last Toxic we had here was the 3870 model that had a single slot cooling system based around the Vapor-X cooling system. While Sapphire took this Toxic in a whole new direction. This time the cooler coves the entirety of the card which is like the latest Nvidia lineup. I can't give you all the details of the new card in the introduction of the reviews so you must read on to find out more about the Sapphire HD 4870 Toxic.
What does Sapphire have to say about the new Toxic
The SAPPHIRE HD 4870 TOXIC Edition features the award winning - and SAPPHIRE exclusive -Vapor-X cooler, SAPPHIRE’s implementation of Vapor Chamber Technology (VCT). This advanced cooling solution is used for the core logic and together with three heatpipes and thermally controlled fan venting outside the case provides more efficient and quieter cooling than competing solutions for this generation of high performance graphics. The SAPPHIRE HD 4870 TOXIC edition ships overclocked out of the box for an immediate high performance graphical or gaming experience, and the advanced hybrid cooling solution provides enthusiasts with further scope for performance tuning.