XFX ATI 4000 Series Round Up

XFX HD4850 XXX

Packaging & Appearance

A far cry from the green packaging of old, the XFX ATI packaging is typical of what you would expect of a card from the 'red side' to look like, red and black. The HD4850 packaging is very compact in size, being little longer in length than the card itself. The main emblem on the front is reminiscent of a World War two mine look set to explode with the identification of the card set underneath the expectant detonation. With 'just' 512MB of memory it will be interesting if this lack of memory has an effect on the cards performance against the other 1GB and 2GB cards we have on test today.

The rear of the box shows off the graphics cards key features which include 1 teraFLOP of GPU power, DX10.1 compatibility and CrossfireX capability to name a few.
 

front box back box

The left side of the box describes some of the features unique to ATI such as ATI Avivo which allows HD gaming, video and photos to be exploited along with universal connectivity to TV's. HDMI with 7.1 surround is also available with this card. The opposite side informs us of the power requirements which are 450W with a 75Watt PCIe 6-pin connector or a recommended 550Watt PSU with 2x 6-pin PCIe connectors. Those astute among you will notice that this card is the XXX edition meaning it's overclocked past the stock speed. The only indication that this is such a card is a XXX sticker placed across one side. The remainder of the box is exactly the same as the stock 4850 512MB card.

side` side 2

Opening the small box, we are presented by a compartmentalized design with the removable top section containing the accessories and the bottom part, the card itself. The accessories included are what you would expect to see with both DVI/VGA and DVI/HDMI adapters available. A quick start and full installation guide are also included should you be unsure of how to install the device. XFX have also thoughtfully included a 6 pin PCIe-Molex dongle ensuring that even if your PSU does not meet the PCIe specification then you might still be in luck should it be able to provide enough amperage over Molex connectors.

inner box accessories

Rather than go with the tried and tested (and for the most part noisy) stock ATI cooler, XFX have designed their own branded plastic top, covering an aluminium heatsink. While the design is very boxy in appearance and a little cheap to the touch, the cooler should ensure that it doesn't matter which colour scheme your PC has, this card won't look out of place. Great, for those who care about such things but for those that don't, rest assured it also appears to be quieter than the stock cooler.

card top card bottom

The rear of the card has red DVI ports which are a nice addition and a break away from the plain old white ones we're used to seeing. Shame then, that nobody will see them unless the have a fetish for looking at the rear of your PC. The fan seems to be a standard affair found on ATI and Nvidia cards, drawing air in from the top and the exhausting to the rear.

card rear card fan

The XFX HD4850XXX only requires a single PCIe 6-pin cable which is neatly hidden at the far end of the GPU. Personally I prefer this location rather than being on the cards side as it makes for much easier cable routing and a tidier PC but I digress. The card is also Crossfire X compatible allowing you to fit three cards together vie the Crossfire tabs.

PCIe 6 PCIe

Again, the sides of the card a very unobtrusive in appearance. Nobody could accuse the card of being a trend setter as it is very discreet by design, something we are not used to seeing at OC3D on an ATI card but anything has to be better than cheap looking green PCB's and stickered heatsink covers. The card is distinctive yet understated, perhaps more 'grown-up' one might say than some we have seen in the past.

PCI slot card side

All in all, not a bad looking card and the package, while not exactly ground breaking nor the best we have come across, it is certainly more than adequate. I was hoping that XFX would be using a similar style packaging technique that they use with their Nvidia cards as they are very well packed and leaders in this department but alas ATI fans will have to settle for a little less.

Let's take a look at the HD4870XXX...

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Most Recent Comments

14-04-2009, 11:22:33

w3bbo
Is it possible to have the best of both worlds? We find out as we test the latest ATI graphics cards from XFX...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...194913658l.jpg

Full review HERE

14-04-2009, 11:46:14

zak4994
Ah finally.

Awesome round up.

Seems like that the 4850 would be a good choice.

14-04-2009, 12:18:25

AntiHeroUK
Great round up Rich. That must have taken a lot of work to put it all together

All you need now is the 4890x2 to finish off the 48xx series

14-04-2009, 12:33:37

prosser13
Oh wow - great roundup, really nice work

14-04-2009, 12:36:17

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
Ah finally.

Awesome round up.

Seems like that the 4850 would be a good choice.
The 4850 is deffo a great card for the cash.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AntiHeroUK'
Great round up Rich. That must have taken a lot of work to put it all together

All you need now is the 4890x2 to finish off the 48xx series
Will crossfired 4890's suffice for now?

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='prosser13'
Oh wow - great roundup, really nice work
Cheers

14-04-2009, 12:38:30

AntiHeroUK
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Will crossfired 4890's suffice for now?
I suppose they will have to do

14-04-2009, 12:38:58

tinytomlogan
You have been a busy boy! Nice work matey, kudos as ever :thumb:

14-04-2009, 13:40:19

Bungral
Nice one Rich!!

Good to see some up to date figures. Just look at the CoD results. The X2 is quite a few frames over doubling the 4870 FPS.. Drivers and memory obviously helping but at least the theoretical power has actually happened in one game.

14-04-2009, 18:05:47

PeterStoba
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AntiHeroUK'
Great round up Rich. That must have taken a lot of work to put it all together

All you need now is the 4890x2 to finish off the 48xx series
don't forget the 4830

Nice roundup though, interesting results on the 4890

14-04-2009, 18:46:30

Nick R
Great set of reviews.

Just a little typo on the first page, the spec table has two "Max Resolution Analog Vertical" rows with different values. but no "Max Resolution Digital Vertical" row.

15-04-2009, 03:48:16

w3bbo
Ta sorted.

15-04-2009, 15:36:18

FarFarAway
Great review mate, looks like ATI have a great partner in XFX, Nvidia must be ever so slightly disappointed

15-04-2009, 15:58:57

w3bbo
Wonder if they have approached Sapphire as a return salvo

15-04-2009, 16:27:15

Grimreaper123
Now that really would make things intresting.

15-04-2009, 16:44:42

ali_james
Nice review man. However, one thing I have no bleeding clue about is how these cards sit compared to older generation cards, in my case the 8800GT?

I've been out of the loop for a bit too long..

15-04-2009, 16:50:03

w3bbo
The 4850 would easily beat the 8800GT.

The 4870 is on a par with the GTX260 thereabouts, The 4890 is on a par with GTX275 and the 4870x2 is on a par with GTX295. Hope this helps.

15-04-2009, 17:03:20

ali_james
That's wicked, cheers. I think I'll be heading towards a 4870 and a new screen sometime soon
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