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PowerColor HD 4850 512MB @ eBuyer £108.96

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8y, 5m agoFound 8 years, 5 months ago
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Cheapest I've seen it for, first post, sorry if I've cocked up somewhere!

Graphics Engine - RADEON HD4850
Video Memory - 512MB GDDR3
Engine Clock - 625MHz
Memory Clock - 993MHz(1986Mbps)
Memory Interface - 256bit
DirectX Support - 10.1
Bus Standard - PCI-E 2.0
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#1
Nice post!
#2
hmmm i think i will keep my 3 X 8800GT 1gb ddr3 SLI ;-)

ati dont make cards in the same league as the new nvids
#3
jackt010
hmmm i think i will keep my 3 X 8800GT 1gb ddr3 SLI ;-)

ati dont make cards in the same league as the new nvids

Jackt010, you're clearly out of the loop on this one, the 4850 stomps all over the 8800GT.. a pair of them probably stomps on three 8800GT's infact, given the lack of scaling from 2-way to 3-way SLI
#4
SLI = Strikingly Little Impact

SLI = Senseless Loopy Investment
#5
Ive got a 2yr old dell 5150 (with PCI-Express). What power does this thing need? I think my wattage was 305W :thinking:
#6
jackt010
hmmm i think i will keep my 3 X 8800GT 1gb ddr3 SLI ;-)

ati dont make cards in the same league as the new nvids


Um, the ATI 4850 is much quicker than your 8800GTs...
#7
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145524

The Sapphire card is instock right now, for anyone in a hurry :)
#8
jackt010
hmmm i think i will keep my 3 X 8800GT 1gb ddr3 SLI ;-)

ati dont make cards in the same league as the new nvids


The new Nvidia cards are also a lot more expensive. The 9800 gtx, with which this card compares to favourably, is still up around £180 at the moment (although a price drop is apparently imminent).
#9
4850 is quicker than a 8800GTX in some benchmarks!

Good post. If I was still a PC gamer, I'd be seriously tempted.
#10
Nom
Um, the ATI 4850 is much quicker than your 8800GTs...


Not to mention the power and space those occupy. And if you must, you can crossfire two of these bad boys and it knocks everythign else out of its way.
Mind you, I have seen the 4850 for a few quid cheaper, just out of stock. As considering the US price, we should be getting this closer to 100, not too long from now.
#11
splatsplatsplat
Ive got a 2yr old dell 5150 (with PCI-Express). What power does this thing need? I think my wattage was 305W :thinking:


I have seen a suggested figure of at least 425W.

EDIT: Lifted from Sapphire website... "450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)"

From all reviews I can find, this card is currently "the business" for price/performance.
#12
Will this card make COD4 look better than the 360 on a HDTV or is the money better spent buying the console and free up the PC for other tasks?
#13
machofairy
Will this card make COD4 look better than the 360 on a HDTV or is the money better spent buying the console and free up the PC for other tasks?


Get the Graphics Card, it lets sound through HDMI as well. Also, the PC version looks better visually then the 360 when on 1080p, which is actually 1200p on the PC!
#14
I think the 9800GTX is coming down in price to about £125 and the new 98000GTX+ will be costing £150~ when it comes out in July. I prefer the 9800GTX for CUDA and Physics support, but the card is MASSIVE and uses more power then the HD 4850 whilst running about 20C cooler under stress .:thumbsup:
1 Like #15
jackt010;2388068
hmmm i think i will keep my 3 X 8800GT 1gb ddr3 SLI ;-)

ati dont make cards in the same league as the new nvids
Good luck with Tri-SLi on a card which only supports 2-card SLi.

PS - Don't lie when you brag - you'll get caught!
banned#16
very tempting, might upgrade from my superclocked (then overclocked) 8800gts 320mb which is beginning to get a little old (it currently compares to the 9600gt on my other system)
#17
Jakg
Good luck with Tri-SLi on a card which only supports 2-card SLi.

PS - Don't lie when you brag - you'll get caught!


Nice one!
#18
I'd wait a while nvidia wont take this lying down and will undercut the 4850 with the 9800gtx and 9800gtx+.
#19
C64
I'd wait a while nvidia wont take this lying down and will undercut the 4850 with the 9800gtx and 9800gtx+.


I think the 9800GTX is coming down in price to about £125 and the new 98000GTX+ will be costing £150~ when it comes out in July. I prefer the 9800GTX for CUDA and Physics support, but the card is MASSIVE and uses more power then the HD 4850 whilst running about 20C cooler under stress .
#20
I read up about this all last night, very interesting read, I've been an nvidia fan for quite some time now, but these 4850's really do pack a big punch for the cost.

I have an 8800GT at mo, adding another will cost me 100 quid, which WILL stomp all over 1 x 4850, but that will be from 2 cards. In terms of upgrading from an 8800gt to GTX or 9800GTX there is no point, the GX2 is about as good as 2 x 8800GT's.

No doubt if you are looking for a good graphics card it seems the 4850 is a good choice for all you people that still have older pointless cards i.e. 7600 or lower. For someone with an 8800gt already, in a few weeks the 8800 will be pennies and make a good add on for anyone with an SLI mainboard.

The 4850 IS a great card by the looks of it, trouble is there is no point me getting one as i have an 8800GT, something ALOT of people will have atm. It is a tough one.. I cant do crossfire on my SLI board so getting two 4850's and a new motherboard is too much of an outlay for me..
#21
The 8800gt will remain a good seller at around £70-£80 second hand because a lot of people will be looking to get 2 for sli.
Personally am keeping my 8800gt whilst the 4850 and 4870 are nice upgrades they are not that huge a leap and in a few months time will be surpassed.Am at least waiting until I actually cant max a game with good frames @1680-1050 and I have vsync on all the time so anything over 60 fps is useless as I cant stand screen tearing.

It's all well and good all these new cards and changes but what games actually need them ? battlefield 3 is a long way off and that seems the only must play game that may require an upgrade from an 8800gt if you run 1680-1050 or less.
#23
muzzzzzzzzzy
Get the Graphics Card, it lets sound through HDMI as well. Also, the PC version looks better visually then the 360 when on 1080p, which is actually 1200p on the PC!


No, it's a TV so it will be limited to the TV's resolution of 1920x1080. The card can handle 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 but you won't be able to run them without an appropriate display.

PC or console? It's really up to you but I'd consider the PC the better option since as well as any quality improvement you get to play any good mods that may come out and can use the TV connected PC as a media center to play your stuff and record TV programs - all in one box.
#24
Just to point out - SLi is much worse than Crossfire - the performance gains aren't as much, the mobo's are more expensive and generally worse overall.
#25
I want to get one of these for my little brother's PC for his birthday next month he would absolutely love this card but I need to find out exactly what the wattage is under load because he has a Coolermaster iGreen 600w PSU which is super energy efficient (the reason I bought it when I was building his PC for him)

If its true that it needs 425w of power (and I seriously doubt that btw) then I could get him it and stop him badgering my poor mum for a PS3!! He currently has a Sapphire HD 2900XT which I can sell for very good money because they are so rare (and hot and power heavy). I am not shelling for a GFX Card AND a new PSU though :-D

If anyone can point me to the confirmed wattages I would be very grateful.
1 Like #26
If it runs a 2900XT it'll run anything tbh.

It'll work fine.
#27
Jakg
If it runs a 2900XT it'll run anything tbh.

It'll work fine.


I hope so. I told him not to get a 2900XT but he wouldnt listen to me. The wee idiot wanted it for the Black Box because he saw that it was cheaper than an 8800 GTS (at the time) and he thought he would get HL2 EP 2 sooner from Valve!!

Its a decent enough card but its far too hot and noisy for my liking and I would hate to think how hot things got with 2 of them in Crossfire mode.

Cheers for the advice.
#28
Ev0lution
I want to get one of these for my little brother's PC for his birthday next month he would absolutely love this card but I need to find out exactly what the wattage is under load because he has a Coolermaster iGreen 600w PSU which is super energy efficient (the reason I bought it when I was building his PC for him)

If its true that it needs 425w of power (and I seriously doubt that btw) then I could get him it and stop him badgering my poor mum for a PS3!! He currently has a Sapphire HD 2900XT which I can sell for very good money because they are so rare (and hot and power heavy). I am not shelling for a GFX Card AND a new PSU though :-D

If anyone can point me to the confirmed wattages I would be very grateful.


The card requires a minimum 450w PSU with a 30amp rating on the 12v rail.

I have got my eye on this card but my 450w PSU is only rated at 18a :x
#29
Jakg
Just to point out - SLi is much worse than Crossfire - the performance gains aren't as much, the mobo's are more expensive and generally worse overall.


I wouldn't call it worse performance-wise, it's about the same: http://www.behardware.com/articles/715-15/report-tri-and-quad-gpu-systems.html

Ev0lution
If its true that it needs 425w of power (and I seriously doubt that btw)


I think wizball meant a 425W PSU. Hexus lists the power consumption as 110W for the 4850 and 160W for the 4870. http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=13972&page=4
#30
EndlessWaves
No, it's a TV so it will be limited to the TV's resolution of 1920x1080. The card can handle 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 but you won't be able to run them without an appropriate display.

PC or console? It's really up to you but I'd consider the PC the better option since as well as any quality improvement you get to play any good mods that may come out and can use the TV connected PC as a media center to play your stuff and record TV programs - all in one box.


I meant 1920 x 1080, when referring to 1080p in reltion to the xbox 360.
#31
EndlessWaves
I wouldn't call it worse performance-wise, it's about the same: http://www.behardware.com/articles/715-15/report-tri-and-quad-gpu-systems.html



I think wizball meant a 425W PSU. Hexus lists the power consumption as 110W for the 4850 and 160W for the 4870. http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=13972&page=4


I was going to mention, that don't get confused into thinking that the card uses 425W, that's the wattage for the whole system!
#32
EndlessWaves

I think wizball meant a 425W PSU. Hexus lists the power consumption as 110W for the 4850 and 160W for the 4870. http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=13972&page=4


Thanks EndlessWaves; I was indeed referring to the min PSU spec (although I was 25W out... oops). Edited earlier post to avoid any further confusion.
#33
If you are looking at buying this card and are about to get on the plane to the good old US of A then check out this thread:

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/839013?highlight_key=y&keyword1=HD+4850

Some people are picking them up for 75 quid at Best Buy :thumbsup:
#34
bleh, i'll wait till the make fanless ones! can't stand the noise from ones that have them, prefer my "ok" XFX 7600GT Fatal1ty Edition :)
#35
Fanless? Enjoy the wait! :-)

Looks like ATI have taken the crown from NVidia for the time being.
#36
Shrap
Fanless? Enjoy the wait! :-)

Looks like ATI have taken the crown from NVidia for the time being.


Some good reviews/charts below.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3338&p=6

With Ati officially moving out of the high-end market, I believe they will be making some very good value cards in the near future :)
#37
Max-Power;2393398
bleh, i'll wait till the make fanless ones! can't stand the noise from ones that have them, prefer my "ok" XFX 7600GT Fatal1ty Edition :)


Yeah.... enjoy the wait for that one :whistling:
#38
delmontebanana
Some good reviews/charts below.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3338&p=6

With Ati officially moving out of the high-end market, I believe they will be making some very good value cards in the near future :)


How are they "moving out of the high-end market"?

Their strategy is more emphasis on low and middle end. They still have high-end products in the pipeline (4870 1GB version and 4870X2 with alternate way cores communicate to each other). The shift in strategy is a no brainer as the market for high end cards is tiny.

Nvidia were caught with their trousers down. They spent more time re-releasing cards with little innovation and bombarded the market with propoganda. ATi have hit them really hard, and anyone considering buying a GTX 260 or 280 is a mug when they can get 2 4850s or 4870s for far cheaper.
#39
The market for ultra-high end cards might be tiny (i.e. the 8800 Ultra), but the Halo effect works wonders - the 8800 Ultra is a beast, and it made a lot of people think that any 8-series card (specifically the 8600GT) would also be bloody good.

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