Sapphire Radeon HD 4730 512MB video card review
While we've been lavishing praise on AMD's Radeon HD 4770 ever since its launch in terms of both innovation (for bringing a 40 nanometre GPU to desktop PCs and GDDR5 memory to much lower price points) and performance (with a reference board offering up fantastic frame rates for its price), there has been a rather large chink its armour in recent months - That being that it's nigh-on impossible to buy one of the things.
After a wonderful launch with a decent number of boards on retail shelves, it soon became clear that the stock available at launch was the entire inventory of Radeon HD 4770 parts available, and as this dried up with little sign of more cards hitting retails it was soon obvious that there was an issue. At this juncture the news of severe 40 nanometre production yield issues began to emerge, leaving most users bereft of one of the best mid-range graphics boards we've seen in recent years.
With those yield issues still ongoing, some AIB partners are looking at different and innovative ways to fill this unexpected gap, via an SKU branded the Radeon HD 4730. Making use of trusty old RV770 GPUs without their full complement of Stream Processors and ROPs functional, and at a lower price point, this could prove to be a tempting purchase for anyone not willing to wait for the Radeon HD 4770's yield issues to dissipate.
To find out just how tempting or otherwise this SKU might be, today we'll be taking a look at Sapphire's take on the Radeon HD 4730 to see what it's all about.