Gigabyte 4850 1GB



Whilst the initial results for the 4850 1GB were good, it was only when we put them in our Cost Per Frame spreadsheet that the results came alive. It didn't just beat the 4870 and GTX260, it walked all over them. Whilst it is worth bearing in mind that you do pay a premium for top end performance, the difference between the 4850 1GB and GTX260 is just phenomenal.

For gamers that aren't too worried about running Crysis maxed out at high resolutions, this card offers an excellent deal. It was able to cope with all the other test games and resolution combo's and produced perfectly acceptable frame rates.

Unfortunately we couldn't find the exact model tested today available from any reputable UK retailers, but for £143.69 from you can get the passively cooled version of this card. Whilst were not sure how well the cooler will perform, it should perform identically, whilst emitting no noise. The fact the card exhibits performance that's in GTX260 and 4870 territory, yet costs under £150, means it is a superb deal and I am extremely confident in recommending the card to others.

The Good

+ Extremely low cost per frame
+ Performance not too far behind cards at a much higher price point
+ Quiet Cooler
+ Produced playable frame rates in all our test games apart from Crysis.

The Mediocre
* Exact model tested couldn't be sourced in the UK.
* Bundle doesn't include any games or free applications.

The Bad
- Zilch

Overclock3D would like to thank Gigabyte for providing todays review sample. Discuss in the forums here.

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Most Recent Comments

24-02-2009, 12:49:05

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

Find out in our latest review here Quote

24-02-2009, 13:27:56

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.Quote

24-02-2009, 16:31:40

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.Quote

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