Gigabyte 4850 1GB

Conclusion

Conclusion

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 Scan.co.uk 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

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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