Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 Vapour-X 512MB GDDR3 £82.79 @ Novatech - HotUKDeals
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Looking at buyging reasonably specd Graphics card for a 22" screen and I think this is the cheapest out there.... Has had pretty good reviews:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/04/16/review_graphics_sapphire_vapor_x_hd_4850/page5.html

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=17690&page=10

http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/video/sapphire/hd4850_vaporx/p10.asp

"SAPPHIRE Technology was the first company to implement cooling for PC graphics cards based on Vapor Chamber Technology. Vapor Chamber Technology was previously used in blade servers to provide more efficient yet compact cooling. SAPPHIRE?s Vapor-X cooler was introduced in 2007 with its HD 3870 ATOMIC Edition graphics card and then rolled out to the global market with the successful TOXIC HD 3870 and HD 4870 series. Based on the successful experience on TOXIC with Vapor Chamber cooler, SAPPHIRE introduces the new Vapor-X graphics card series to bring an users a silent and efficient cooling solution based on Vapor Chamber technology. With such a efficient cooling system, the Vapor-X series has a more potential in overclocking and longer life expentancy.

Vapor Chamber Technology is based on the same principles as heatpipe technology. A liquid coolant is vaporised at a hot surface, the resulting vapor is condensed at a cold surface then the liquid is returned to the hot surface. The recirculation process is controlled by a patented wick system. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X flattens the whole system into a slim chamber - which in the graphics application is mounted in contact with the surface of the graphics chip.

Features
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 GPU @ 625MHz
- 512MB GDDR3 Memory @ 1986MHz
- 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering
- PCI Express 2.0 support
- 256-bit GDDR3 memory interface
- ATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology
- Microsoft DirectX 10.1 support
- Shader Model 4.1
- ATI Avivo HD video and display technology
- Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD Video
- Built-in HDMI with 5.1 surround sound support
- On-chip HDCP "
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#1
Consider the 4770, it's just been released, it's cooler and quieter because it uses far less power than the 4850. The performance and price are very similar.

p.s. compare performance here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-radeon,review-31608-15.html
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DazzyB
Consider the 4770, it's just been released, it's cooler and quieter because it uses far less power than the 4850. The performance and price are very similar.

p.s. compare performance here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-radeon,review-31608-15.html


have seen decent reviews of 4770. but most i see don't have a HDMI port and the prices seems to be around the £70.00 mark last time i looked.

i want a new card for about £85.00 max - any 4770s with HDMI ports you can straightaway recommend ?

and yes - i can "google it" or search, but its always handy to get another opinion! :thumbsup:
#3
ATi/AMD have the 4770 short supply and I can't find these in stock anywhere..:?
#4
sweartome
have seen decent reviews of 4770. but most i see don't have a HDMI port and the prices seems to be around the £70.00 mark last time i looked.

i want a new card for about £85.00 max - any 4770s with HDMI ports you can straightaway recommend ?


HDMI ports are irrelevent as they'll come with an HDMI adapter for the DVI ports that can do sound as well (at least my 4850 did).
#5
Scan have a 512mb 4470 for £72 ish. This has two DVIs but it's still a digital output, so with a DVI-HDMI converter you get no loss of quality!

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB-Sapphire-HD4770-DDR5-21149-00-20R
#6
There are some 4770 cards about but they tend to be about £80-£85 (most of the cheaper ones are pre-order), which is roughly the same as some factory overclocked 4850's (XFX HD 4850 XXX Edition). It's true that the 4770 uses a newer manufacturing technique than the previous cards (hence the unavailabilty due to issues with this process) but the 4850 is still marginally faster in most situations and now comparable in price - and you can easily get one. A 4850 with a good cooling solution won't run much hotter than a 4770 but will use more power - an issue if you have a lower capacity PSU.

The 4730 is about to be released which is basically the 4830 but with the newer GDDR5 memory that the 4770 uses - this is a stop gap card until the 4770 becomes more widely available.

Personally, I am looking at a 4850 similar to that in this deal (quite a few about) unless the 4770 drops in price or the 4730 costs less than £70 (I have an older athlon X2 so little point spending more as cpu will throttle a faster card).

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