Conclusion: As we mentioned in our introduction, it's been quite a long wait for the Radeon HD 4850 X2 to hit retail, but thankfully Sapphire have finally brought us out of our misery by introducing this SKU themselves - so, has it been worth that several month wait?
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 TOXIC 512MB video card review
25 March 2012
Conclusion: As we mentioned right at the start of this article, we already know plenty about what makes the Radeon HD 4850 such a tempting graphics upgrade proposition, thus today's question is - What makes Sapphire's TOXIC board a better choice?
Conclusion: Well, what a difference a new graphics architecture makes. Ever since the dawn of the DirectX 10 era, we've been mired in disappointment when it comes to AMD's graphics solutions - While they've often managed to provide the exciting new features (such as HDMI support and DirectX 10.1) first, they...
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 512MB Vapor-X video card review
25 March 2012
Conclusion: As we mentioned in our introduction, the Radeon HD 4850 has become like a pair of comfy old slippers, so well-versed are we in what it's capable of. In short, gaming at 1680x1050 is a breeze even with anti-aliasing in place, and quite frequently 1920x1200 isn't beyond the realms of possibility...
Summary: While you may get better out of the box performance with some of the factory overclocked cards, the Vapor-X Radeon HD4850 512MB graphics card allows plenty of opportunity for you to do it yourself.
Pros: » Overclocks well, » Runs cool and quiet, » Energy efficient, » Shorter PCB may fit in more systems, » Integrated HDMI port
Cons: » No memory cooling, and no room to add your own, » Price: some 512MB Radeon HD4850 cards now cost less than $100 (with rebate)
Excerpt: As a general rule, our belief is that pairing two slow-performing cards using SLI or CrossFire is a bad idea—you’re usually better off running a single faster card. However, the Radeon 4850 X2 delivers astounding performance compared to the single-GPU boards in its price range, spanking the Radeon...
Pros: Killer performance for $300. Four DVI ports! Faster than a GTX 280.
Cons: GDDR3 hurts memory bandwidth. Four DVI ports leave no room for rear exhaust vents.
Excerpt: So did Sapphire fill a niche void and provide a card to the consumer that wanted a dual core card without the killer huge price? You bet. This card at around US$275-$300 at the time of this review is a great deal and will have anyone enjoying the latest games with higher resolutions and quality...
Summary: The Radeon HD4850 X2 2048MB graphics card is an exciting new entry into the market of high performance, high resolution gaming solutions. It is able to crank out some serious frame rates in modern 3D games, and you can do so with the settings turned up, way up.
Pros: » High end performance, » GPUs run cool, even under a heavy load, » GPU and memory overclocked to Overdrive tab maximums, » $400 price tag is competitive with other top graphics solutions, » Drew a good deal of power, but was more energy efficient than I anticipated, » Four DVI connections, » Dec...
Cons: » Longer and thicker than typical card, so it won't fit in every system, » Exhaust air is dumped back into the computer case, » Fairly loud, even when fans are manually set to lowest speed