HIS Radeon 4670, 4830 & 4850 Mid Range Round-Up

Introduction

Introduction
 
ATI have certainly hit back hard against Nvidia, with Nvidia seeming to struggle on all fronts. ATI and its partners however, must be rubbing their hands together; they seem to have Nvidia covered just about everywhere. One of ATI's key partners, HIS, were kind enough to send along a couple of cards for us to look at today.
 
HIS offers a vast range of cards, from the plain looking 'stock' card, to overclocked power houses with crazy custom coolers. These after market coolers may seem excessive, but with cards getting hotter and hotter and gamers becoming more and more demanding, they need to ensure they can deliver 100% stability 100% of the time.
 
Formed in 1987, HIS has been around for quite some time, and certainly knows its stuff.  Here is a brief background on the company, taken from their website:
 
HIS was established in 1987 with the mission to produce the highest quality graphic cards in the industry. Besides strong devotion to excellent products and services, HIS has been conducting business with the aim to "Glorifying God". Honesty and integrity are the two key principals of how HIS are conducted. Ethical business practice has been an everyday commitment to our clients, vendors, and investors.
 
Year 2002 marked a milestone in HIS's history, with "Excalibur" as the encore product for the company. The "HIS Excalibur Graphics Board" proved its name by passing the vigorous and stringent testing of the widely recognized media worldwide. Not only so, but has been crowned with various honors such as: Tom's Hardware, Anandtech and PC Magazine. In Sept 2003, HIS incorporated the state-of-the art Supreme Cooling Technology in the award winning HIS Excalibur 9800Pro IceQ which became the HIS IceQ, IceQ II and now the IceQ 3 Series. Since then, this product has been the limelight in the market for its outstanding performance and features over the other rivals.
 
Today we will be taking a close look at the following cards, courtesy of HIS:
  • HIS 4670 512mb 'IceQ' edition
  • HIS 4830 512mb 'Fan' edition
  • HIS 4850 512mb 'IceQ4 TurboX' editon
Whilst this may seem like an odd choice for a direct head to head, today's review will focus on the overall value of each card, taking into account cost per frame, bundle and various other factors. This could seem fairly boring to a no budget gaming enthusiast, but with the financial climate the way it is, people need to consider their purse/wallet more than ever in their buying decisions.
 
First up, we have the 4670 512mb IceQ...
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09-11-2008, 07:12:03

Luigi
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...115620550s.jpg

HIS and ATI are striking back at the green team, find out which mid-range card came out on top here.

09-11-2008, 07:31:57

Hassan

09-11-2008, 10:05:56

D-Cyph3r
Nice review mate. That 4830 is a nice GPU, but it's just too close to the price of a reference 4850...

And that IceQ4 4850 is quite possibly the sexiest graphics card of the year.

09-11-2008, 11:23:45

Luigi
It is a rather lovely card.

As you say, the 4850 reference may pose a threat to the 4830, but even so, its still amazing value.

11-11-2008, 06:43:44

Jaster
Its nice to see ATI coming strong, may save AMD's neck from the great weilding intel axe that is i7...

11-11-2008, 06:50:03

Rastalovich
How do u mean ?

(good article btw)

11-11-2008, 07:52:11

Jaster
well look at it a year back Nvidia pwning the graphics card market and Intel the CPU, the buyout of ATI by AMD, however lacklustre products from both sides of the ATI/AMD conglomerate, now ATI coming back with great products, it may just save them, AMD job cuts are rife and if you search round for AM2 motherboards they are getting thin on the ground as more motherboard manufacturers are gearing up for I7, with AMD's recent restructure into a development and manufacturing division rumours have been circulating that they may be pulling out of retail units and concentrating on OEM and server lines....this wouldn't exactly surprise me ...look at the X58 being both SLI/Xfire capable...this gives intel quite an advantage and does follow suit for the rumours mentioned above....theres zero news on any new desktop CPU's from AMD...it just looks like AMD are running for cover at the mo and maybe the 4000 series may just give them a lifeline...

11-11-2008, 09:35:38

Rastalovich
Ah I see what u mean. Indeed, and I have a secret hope that their AM3 is going to be something to take note of. I would much rather be in a quandry over ordering new kit, other than just thinking i7.

11-11-2008, 10:26:10

Jaster
yeah it takes the fun out of choosing new hardware. I just can't see how, other then the hand of god, how AMD are going to turn the tides, but there doing a cracking job with these cards, lets hope they keep it up...

11-11-2008, 11:34:24

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jaster'
yeah it takes the fun out of choosing new hardware. I just can't see how, other then the hand of god, how AMD are going to turn the tides, but there doing a cracking job with these cards, lets hope they keep it up...
well, if you think about it, they havent had a massively new architecture for a while now.. phenom, in the end, was pretty similar to am2...

So, with any luck, whatever they have been working on will be good...

P.s, thanks for all the postive feedback guys!!

11-11-2008, 12:13:41

Jaster
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
well, if you think about it, they havent had a massively new architecture for a while now.. phenom, in the end, was pretty similar to am2...

So, with any luck, whatever they have been working on will be good...

P.s, thanks for all the postive feedback guys!!
hmmm....even though the socket type was the same I think the phenoms in terms of quad core architecture was "in theory" a massive change from the standard dual cores and the quad core design from intel, however whilst AMD were faffing about with 65nm intel jumped further ahead with the 45nm design, I think the similarities between the phenom and AM2 dual cores was no overhead (well very little) for overclocking, however I still think AMD's quad cores in theory were better designed then the core 2 quads (2 x core 2's slapped together and having to communicate via the fsb) , however like most things the proof was in the pudding, and the pudding was mucho salty for amd this time round....plus with pricing for proper AM2+ motherboards being in excess of 150 that hypertransport 3 wasn't used to its full advantage....hopefully with AM3 and a revision of the phenom architecture we may see a worthy competitor, however for enthusiasts they better make sure its got a good overhead,

Unlike the 6400 black edition (which I actually own) whats the point in unlocking the multiplier when the chip runs at its thermal and operational limit anyway.

But I love a good underdog story, and amd are the underdog being dragged round a field of broken glass by intels big monster 4x4....
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