Gigabyte 4850 1GB

Introduction

Introduction

The attention within the graphics industry is often placed upon the top end cards: which one gives the most eye candy and which one batters through Crysis best. Therefore, it's easy to forgot those cards that sit further down the price scale, but often punch well above their weight. Today we will be looking at one such card, the 4850.

Although it's not a new GPU, we've only looked at the 512MB version so far. This model is different because it comes with 1GB of graphics memory, which should prevent the core from being starved of memory, providing much smoother frame rates. It should also handle larger resolutions and the bigger textures that go along with this, moving it more and more into high end card territory.

The Gigabyte card we will be looking at today runs at stock clocks, and comes with a Zalman cooler pre-fitted. Here are the full specifications:

- ATI Radeon HD 4850 GPU @ 625MHz
- 1024MB GDDR3 Memory @ 1986MHz
- 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering
- PCI Express 2.0 support
- 256-bit GDDR3 memory interface
- ATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology
- Microsoft DirectX 10.1 support
- Shader Model 4.1
- ATI Avivo HD video and display technology
- Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD Video
- Built-in HDMI with 5.1 surround sound support
- On-chip HDCP

Whilst there is nothing particularly new on the list, the specifications are all good and it should net some pretty good performance, especially for the market point which the 4850 is pitched at. Take a look at the card itself on the next page.
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Most Recent Comments

24-02-2009, 12:49:05

Luigi
With a price of ~£150, can the Gigabyte 4850 play with the big boys or is it best left on the shelves?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...163837773s.jpg

Find out in our latest review here

24-02-2009, 13:27:56

zak4994
I hate the look of bare graphics cards as they just look untidy.

Though for the person who likes his money, this would be cool.

24-02-2009, 16:31:40

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
I hate the look of bare graphics cards as they just look untidy.

Though for the person who likes his money, this would be cool.
Weirdly enough I agree. Ever since the slick look of the 8800GT's crap cooler, I've preferred that look.

However. I really like the fin arrangement Gigabyte have on that sink.

However2. Blowing down on a card and letting the hot air go where it wants is not the best idea.

£143 looks good. I'd still opt for a £100 9800gtxyzabc+++ after the afternoon I just had with ATI's drivers. Thank u very much.

Great review.

24-02-2009, 16:56:54

°TheMadDutchDude°
Nice review, Tom!

One thing though, for an extra £20 odd you can have a Sapphire 4870, so why spend £143 on a 4850? Anyways, nice review. Keep 'em coming!

25-02-2009, 11:22:55

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='°TheMadDutchDude°'
Nice review, Tom!

One thing though, for an extra £20 odd you can have a Sapphire 4870, so why spend £143 on a 4850? Anyways, nice review. Keep 'em coming!
Is the 4870 512mb or normal? We did have a 4870 in the tests, which didn't do so well on the CPF.

14-03-2009, 22:16:09

DeMoB
I recommended a friend to buy one of these for his build, but it turns out that it doesn't come with an onboard fan controller, and the fan was running at 100% all the time (No amount of driver hacks, rivatuner, BIOS mods would do anything to change that). He had to fight to get a refund (as it wasn't faulty per-say, apparently it's default behaviour from gigabyte), but fortunately they took it back in the end.

Although the zalman cooler used on this is quieter than the stock cooler would have been (which is what drew me to this card in the first place), it's still to noisy to run at 100% all the time.

So if noise bothers you, avoid this card!

Dan

15-03-2009, 04:34:46

monkey7
Or buy an aftermarket air cooler

I have a sapphire hd4850 512 which had a noisy little bugger on it. After having replaced it with a scythe musashi (€32) it was dead quiet. If you have an additional PCI slot to sacrifice the arctic cooling accellero s1 with a 120mm fan tiewrapped onto it is about €25.
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