Summary: I decided to buy this over the Nvidia 9800GTX+ by being influenced from a tech forum that had the 4850 listed above the 9800 in overall quality. The card itself is good and did increase my graphical performance well over my original 9500GT. However for some reason the 4850 will not adjust to my tv's 1366x768 setting automatically like the 9500GT was able to do.
Summary: Pros: Powerful card, great value. Usually scales well, which can sometimes be an issue in crossfire. Allows crossfire on a single pci-e x16 motherboard. Performs about on par with a Radeon 5850 and better than a gtx 285, which can cost $100+ more. There are two versions of the card - one with 2x512mb gddr5 and one with 2x1gb. This is the latter. Cons: Drivers are sometimes flaky, as they aren't made officially by ATi.
Summary: The Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 is a great Graphics card and is made especially for extreme gaming. This card is comes with a standard S-video to component splitter, and a 6 pin PCI-e to molex power converter along with whole load of game DVDs if you get the bundle. The bundle gives you some sample game demos so you can try out and see how good the card actually is. The card is slightly redesigned from its previous versions with a new heatsink and better fan.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850: Very good value for money.
7 June 2009
Summary: The HD4850 is very powerful and will do most of your gaming needs easily, The 4850 is a very good card, it is quiet, if you get a decent cooler for it, and it is very reliable. There are a few reasons you should and shouldn't buy this card, but it is up to you to decide if it is good enough for your needs.
Summary: The Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 is a powerful beast by any standards specifically designed for extensive gaming which must utilise the power of a decent graphics adapter to its fullest capabilities. The bundle with this card is very substantial and includes a standard S-video to component splitter, and the 6 pin PCI-e to molex power converter.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850: Great value, especially compared to the nvidia equivalent
11 January 2009
Summary: Treated myself to this and have never looked back! I can play all my favourite games on the highest settings without much thought. The card supports cutting edge everything including full directX 10 support (for vista games), shader version 4 and PCIE 2.0 which covers all of the current top-end games. This is by no means a budget card and to my knowledge the only difference between this and the 4870 is the clock speeds.