There are some good things about the design too though – the most important one may not sound very important, but it really is. Despite it being a physically bigger card than the 4870 X2, it’s lighter and so you’re unlikely to encounter problems if you’re transporting your system (to LAN parties, for example) with everything assembled. We’ve seen a couple of Radeon HD 4870 X2-based systems that have ripped the PCI-Express x16 slot almost clean off the motherboard during shipping, so this concern isn’t unfounded – for those of you with Radeon HD 4870 X2s installed, we’d recommend removing the card before transporting your system if you’re using the stock cooler.
The thing I personally like the most about this card though is the inclusion of four dual-link DVI connectors – it’s enough to satisfy even my multi-monitor cravings on just one graphics card. Multiple monitors with multiple GPUs is no longer something that’s exclusive to AMD though, as Nvidia has now enabled multi-monitor support for SLI with its latest release 180 series drivers, but it’s still a great feature to have on a single card. Nvidia’s last dual-GPU card, the GeForce 9800 GX2, has only three digital outputs – Sapphire’s Radeon HD 4850 X2 offers four digital connections. There are, of course, very few people who have a need for more than even two monitors, but Sapphire is catering for that niche particularly well here – two Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2s in CrossFire enables support for eight displays if you’re crazy enough.