Asus HD4850 512mb PCI-E Graphics Card EAH4850

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
Before I start, I just want to clarify that the card we have is a review sample of a stock-clocked HD4850, but Asus sent it to us in their retail 'Top' packaging. The real 'Top' Edition will be overclocked and sporting one of Asus's Glaciator heatsinks.
Asus are a very good company for making very well-packaged products with hugely over-sized boxes. This time, however, they have decided to tone it down just a little on the outside of the box, whilst maintaining the high quality of the interior.
ASUS 4850 box and card
The above image is a press image from Asus
ASUS 4850 box rear  ASUS 4850 flap open
ASUS 4850 inside box 
All of the info you need on a box is there and the inside of the box actually feels a little special.
ASUS 4850 package
The package contains: 1 x S-Video to component cable, 1 x DVI to HDMI connector, 1 x DVI to VGA connector, 1 x S-Video to composite connector, 1 x ATI CrossFire™ connector, 1 x Driver CD, 1 x Manual/Accessories CD, 1 x Speed Setup Manual.
There are no games included with this card, which is to be expected with a mid-range card.
Asus HD4850 front  ASUS 4850 back
The reference card we have is packed into a single slot cooler made up of copper with a fairly large fan for a card of this size. The heatsink extends over the power regulating circuitry and covers all of the memory on the card. I'm actually impressed with the design of the heatsink, but more on that later.
ASUS 4850 side ASUS 4850 close up
ASUS 4850 close up gold fingers
The reference card really is very slim here and obviously the cooler does do its job as it becomes very hot during use.
ASUS 4850 heatsink  ASUS 4850 Power
Here we can see the heatsink covering the power circuitry, which is a good addition to see. The card is powered from a 6-pin PCI-E power dongle and will not boot at all without this inserted.
hd4850 output  crossfire
The card has two HDCP enabled Dual-Link DVI outputs capable of being converted to HDMI via the supplied connector. A TV-Out S-video connector supplies the rest of your connectivity needs. I do not believe that the card has the ability to pass 7.1 sound through HDMI, unlike some SKU's.
ASUS 4850 fan
The stock cooling on this card is pretty good, although perhaps a little immaterial due to the card not being a final Top sample. However, for those of you opting for the stock cooler, I don't think you'll have any complaints as at idle it is virtually silent and even at full load it doesn't become very noticible at all, which is nice!
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Most Recent Comments

30-06-2008, 09:53:08

Been spying on this review for a while .

So its not the most powerful card in the world. But it can be had for £120. VFM wise i can't see anything better atm. Rather tempting to pick up 2.Quote

30-06-2008, 10:41:30

Looks like a great card, wonder if i can Crossfire them on my commando.Quote

30-06-2008, 11:08:45

Originally Posted by name='nunzio'
Looks like a great card, wonder if i can Crossfire them on my commando.
8x 8x config might not work too bad with these cards actually. Especially at the price. Doesn't matter too much if you loose a few fps thru PCI-E bottlenecks Quote

30-06-2008, 11:22:41

Aye, just worried about the fact they might need PCI-e v.2Quote

30-06-2008, 11:40:22

Nice review m8. Looks like ATI are slowly clawing back some performance.Quote

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