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

HIS 4830 'Fan'

Specification and Packaging
 
Set firmly in the middle of the 4670 and 4850 is the 4830. This is the newest of the three GPU's, with ATI announcing it about a month after the initial launch of the 4000 series.
 
Although this card doesn't feature one of HIS's custom coolers or come pre-overclocked, it still has a fairly meaty specification:
 
Powered by Radeon® HD 4830 GPU
956 million transistors on 55nm fabrication process
640 stream processing units
DirectX® 10.1
24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering
ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance
PCI Express® 2.0 support

Engine CLK: 575mhz
RAMDAC: 400mhz
Memory Size: 512mb
Memory Type: GDDR3
Memory Clock: 1800mhz
Memory Interface: 256bit
 
Whilst all the specifications seem very strong, the card's memory runs at a lower clock than the memory on the 4670. However, thanks to the much bigger memory interface (256 v 128bit), the card should have far more bandwidth.
 
 
Packaging & Appearance
 
The packaging for the 4830 has a similar construction to that used on the 4670. It uses a gloss-coated card with a graphic and product name on the front. HIS have decided not to cut out a window in this box however; they obviously don't feel the cooler is worth 'showing off'.
 
 
The box features pretty much all you need to know about the card. HIS have left most of the minor details to the back of the box, allowing the front of the box to look fairly attractive. The graphic appears to be similar to that which they used on the IceQ coolers featured on the 4670 & 4850.
 
4830 Box Inside HIS 4830- Inside the box
 
As you can see, HIS have used a similar packing method for the 4670 & 4830. Once you open the secondary box, you will be presented the card itself and a driver CD. HIS have used an Anti-static bag for this card, something which they failed to use with the 4670. Unfortunately, the bundle with this card left a lot to be desired, with just a Driver CD, Case sticker and DVI adapter included.
 
 
Card Appearance
 
No doubt you will rip open the Anti-static bag to see your new card; here is what you are presented with:
 
HIS 4830 Top HIS 4830 Cooler
HIS 4830 Front HIS 4830 Bottom
 
As you can see, the 4830 uses a 'flower' cooler. While it doesn't look as impressive as the IceQ range, it still kept our card cool and stable throughout testing. Like the 4670, HIS have chosen not to cool the memory chips, but this shouldn't hinder performance too much. The card has 2 DVI and Crossfire bridge connectors. This means, if your motherboard supports it, you can have 4 of these running in Crossfire.
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Most Recent Comments

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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