Gigabyte 4850 1GB

Cryis, FC2 & ET:QW

 
Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
 


 



Ubisoft has developed a new engine specifically for Far Cry 2, called Dunia, meaning "world", "earth" or "living" in Parsi. The engine takes advantage of multi-core processors as well as multiple processors and supports DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. Running the Far Cry 2 benchmark tool the test was run 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being omitted and the average calculated from the remaining 3.




ET:Quake Wars

ET:Quake Wars is a follow-up game to Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory developed by Splash Technology. Using a modified version of id Software's Doom 3 engine along with Mega rendering technology, the game promises high resolution textures, fast gameplay and plenty of explosions. Using the built-in recordNetDemo and timeNetDemo commands, we recorded a 5 minute online gaming session and played it back a total of 5 times at each resolution, calculating the average FPS from the median three results.




Results Analysis
 
Once again the 4670 and 4850 run rings around the 260 and 4870 where cost per frame is concerned. Performance is also far from unacceptable, with the 4850 matching the 260 in Crysis, which is simple fantastic for a card that costs £50 less. Far Cry 2 is the only game where the 4850 looks a bit weak, with a frame count quite  a lot lower. However, looking at the CPF shows this is still a good result, as the card still provides far more bang per buck than the GTX260.

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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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