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

Test Setup

For testing, we decided that a direct head to head wasn't enough, so we resurrected the 4850 IceQ4 TurboX which we reviewed recently. This meant that we had general coverage of the whole HIS mid-range.
If you missed the 4850 review, here are a couple of shots of the card, or you can read the full review here.
HIS 4850 Top HIS 4850 Front
HIS 4670, 4830, 4850 HIS 4670, 4830, 4850
As you can see, the 4850 and 4830 are fairly similar on size. However the cooler on the 4850 makes the 4830 look like a school girl next to a giant.  With the close inspection finished, it's now onto the testing...
Test Setup
Last time we reviewed the HIS 4850, we concentrated on the stock vs overclocked argument, comparing the cost per frame of the 2 cards tested. This review can be found here. This time, however, we wanted to focus more on which card in the range offered the best value for money. To make sure that all the results were comparable, the same setup was used to test each card, and each test was run multiple times and then an average of the results taken.
We used the following setup to perform all the benchmarks:
Test Setup
We chose a range of games to give a broad range of results. We have used these games in past reviews and found the results gave us a good indication of the card's general performance in games. We also tested at a number of resolutions, to see how well the card scaled with different screen sizes.
The following games and resolutions were used:
Quake Wars
1280x1024 / High / 4xAA
1600x1200 / High / 4xAA
1920x1200 / High / 4xAA

Unreal Tournament III
1280x1024 / DX10 / High
1600x1200 / DX10 / High
1920x1200 / DX10 / High

Call of Duty 4
1280x1024 / Max / 4xAA / 4xAF
1600x1200 / Max / 4xAA / 4xAF
1920x1200 / Max / 4xAA / 4xAF

1280x1024 / Max / 4xAA
1600x1200 / Max / 4xAA
1920x1200 / Max / 4xAA

1280x1024 / DX10 / High / 0xAA / 0xAF
1600x1200 / DX10 / High / 0xAA / 0xAF
1920x1200 / DX10 / High / 0xAA / 0xAF

1280x1024 / DX10 / High / 4xAA
1600x1200 / DX10 / High / 4xAA
1920x1200 / DX10 / High / 4xAA
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Most Recent Comments

09-11-2008, 07:31:57


09-11-2008, 10:05:56

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.Quote

09-11-2008, 11:23:45

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.Quote

11-11-2008, 06:43:44

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

11-11-2008, 06:50:03

How do u mean ?

(good article btw)Quote

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