If you’re considering a new graphics card for you multiple monitor system, but don’t want to shell out mega bucks for the latest and greatest, the Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Ex16 2.0 (Dual Monitors & HDCP) might just be a perfect fit for you. While it does not boast the more powerful experience, for a dual monitor system it works great and may exactly what you’re looking for. It is no secret that from time to time both ATI and Nvidia release cards that don’t make major waves in the press, but are more of a “get the job done” type model. Thankfully they do this, because not all of us want to shell out $400 to $600 on something that we’ll likely replace within a year or so. It is not that we don’t want the best, it is that we budget our money wisely and know how to chose components that will best benefit or machines and our needs.
Enter the Radeon HD 4670. When released, it was in the less than $100 category, which is not something Radeon had done before. In fact, up until its release Nvidia had dominated that market with both their 9500 GT and their 8600 series of cards. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for everyone.
Now, as I mentioned before, this card is not the best card you can buy. It is not even close. It is, however, a good general card for those of that want to be able to game (albeit at lower resolutions) and perform general work functions, and offering good HD decoding. In other words, you won’t be disappointed as long as you weren’t expecting something like the NVidia Quadro NVS 450.
So what exactly is the take-away from this? If you’re looking for a graphics card that is high enough quality to run dual monitors for your trading work station, but isn’t going to break the bank while doing so, then the Radeon HD 4670 is probably a solid choice for you. It won’t blow minds or work process in the same way as some of Radeon’s high quality cards, but it will leave you feeling satisfied if you are looking for what some are calling the “jack of all trades” graphics card. Radeon is known for quality, so they may be taking a gamble by releasing what some of us consider subpar, but in reality they are just targeting a new market. This is a market that seeks a reasonably priced graphics card that will perform the basic functions that we require. While it might not make sense to some, for those that don’t consider themselves video phials, but do want to have high quality reliable hardware that can be easily replaced and overall won’t break the bank.