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PowerColor RADEON HD4850

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Overall 7

PowerColor Radeon HD 4850

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22 July 2009
  • Excerpt: Whereas AMD’s Radeon HD 4830 resembles a Radeon 4870 after a partial lobotomy, the Radeon HD 4850 that sits between these two cards comes with a full complement of 800 stream processors. But don’t make the mistake of thinking you can overclock a 4850 board to achieve the same performance as one based on the 4870: The latter uses GDDR5 memory while the former is limited to GDDR3.
  • Pros: Complete array of outputs. Great price/performance ratio. Quiet enough for home-theater setup.
  • Cons: Falls just short of our minimum gaming performance requirements.
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Overall 10

PowerColor Radeon HD 4850 512 MB

19 June 2008
  • Summary: AMD has certainly engineered a winner with their Radeon HD 4850 series. This card, positioned in the $199 segment, reaches unprecented performance levels thanks to its excellent architectural improvements. In most benchmarks it can beat the GeForce 9800 GTX which is almost $70 more expensive. As we expected, AMD's RV770 GPU can not take on the GeForce GTX 280, but sometimes it comes really close.
  • Pros: Best price/performance in the $200 segment, Affordable, 7.1 Audio via HDMI included now, Single slot cooler, Very quiet in idle, Quiet under load, HDMI+HDCP+Audio, Excellent performance/watt, CrossFireX support, Good accessory package, PCI-Express 2.0 support, DirectX 10.1 support
  • Cons: Can not take the performance crown, Limited overclocking potential, Tends to run a bit hot
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