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

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
HIS 4670, 4830, 4850It's good to see that HIS are once again working hard and pushing out a whole range of fantastic graphics cards. Whilst some cards cause a great amount of hair pulling and annoyance, the HIS cards remained perfectly stable throughout testing, a testament to their great after market cooler additions.
 
The newest of the cards reviewed today was the 4830, and it easily surpassed our expectations. What's more impressive is the Cost Per Frame that the card returned, in some tests offering twice as many frames for the same cost. At the time of writing, the card was available for an amazingly low £105.74 from Overclockers.
 
While the 4850 and 4670 were overshadowed by the superb bang for buck of the 4830, they're still very good cards. The 4670 offers reasonable performance for those looking for a cheap upgrade that will allow them to play modern games at medium/low resolution and quality. At the time of writing, the card was available for £64.61 from Overclockers.
 
HIS 4670 IceQ
 
The Good:
+ After market Cooler
+ Good performance for gamers on a tight budget
+ HIS haven't slacked when it comes to the included bundle

The Mediocre:
* The 4830 Offers better bang per buck
 
The Bad:
- Dual slot cooler is fairly large for a low-end GPU and may not fit in some systems.
 
Value For money
 
 

HIS 4830 fan edition
 
The Good:
+ Amazingly low cost per frame
+ Performance is not too far off from the 4850
+ A good choice for gamers who can't afford the 4850 but don't want to drop to a low end card
 
The Mediocre:
* No pre-fitted after market cooler, although the stock cooler remained perfectly stable throughout testing
 
The Bad:
- Nothing to report
 
Value for Money Gamers Choice
 
We would like to thank HIS for supplying today's review samples. Discuss in our forums.
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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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