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RADEON 4850 ok with a 350 psu??

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Hi im needing a mid range card and saw the radeon 4850,are these better than a geforce 9800gt?also would my 350w psu be enough for it? thanks Read More
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
Hi im needing a mid range card and saw the radeon 4850,are these better than a geforce 9800gt?also would my 350w psu be enough for it?


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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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#1
PSU Wise - Generally no but it depends on the PSU. What are the +12V ratings (should say on the side of the PSU) - you will probably want over 20A, depending on what CPU and other components you have.

Card wise - 4850 is probably better, but depends what games you play and what monitor resolution you will use...
#2
why not plug it in and find out, or maybe you cant cos the psu dosnt have the 6pin molex................



too many of these threads coming up lately
#3
cheap non-branded 350W prob not. Decent psu manfac then maybe.
#4
Since when is 4850 mid range??.. and I personally dont think 350W would be enough juice! I'd say give it better lungs!
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wickedteen;6223145
why not plug it in and find out
Do not try that, unless it has a dedicated 6pin PCI-E connector. Do not try an adapter either, unless it's a quality brand with good amps on the +12V rails.

Let us know the PSU's make & model number.

unileeds;6226823
Since when is 4850 mid range??
That's of no help at all, & irrelevant to the OP's query.
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wickedteen;6227554
when you quote what i say why not quote all of it instead of making it sound like you are saying something WHICH I SAID IN THE FIRST PLACE.


Your advice was guff anyway and your post was pretty insulting to be honest. Overloading a PSU is a very bad idea, if its fails it can irrepairably damage anything connected to it or even cause a fire. Worse still is the fact that most PSUs will probably work in the short term - particularly cheap PSUs with a lack of over-current and overheat protection, and cabling to thin to deliver the current which will be drawn safely.

Whilst Radeon recommend a more powerful PSU, there will be high-quality and high-efficiency PSUs that are accurately rated at 350W that will be capable of powering the card and most systems, but these are generally few and far between, but if its a generic PSU - one supplied with a case or costing under ~£20, I wouldn't dream of even testing it...

unileeds;6226823
Since when is 4850 mid range??.. and I personally dont think 350W would be enough juice! I'd say give it better lungs!


unileeds - mid-range is generally accepted to be (in the UK) roughly between £50 and £150, with budget cards below that bracket and high-end cards above it. 4850's have almost always been in this bracket - and at ~£80 now are most definately mid-range cards...
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Besides the 4870/4890 what would you rate as high end then...Im not saying money wise, im talking performance wise from the ATI stable.. Jah, dont get me worng, Im just keen to know, not testing you or anything really. I remember a few months back some1 advised the 3850 as it was the best at the time. And I always thought performance wise the 4850 is still high end really! I dont think of performce in the money bracket (£50-£150), i think of it as what it can do!!

Though good answers btw! I agree with you on the 350W PSU handling everything. But I REALLY REALLY REALLy doubt you'lll find many in people's PCs!
#8
an infratction what a suprise, im telling you called me a name..........................grow up
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unileeds;6228066
Besides the 4870/4890 what would you rate as high end then...Im not saying money wise, im talking performance wise from the ATI stable.. Jah, dont get me worng, Im just keen to know, not testing you or anything really. I remember a few months back some1 advised the 3850 as it was the best at the time. And I always thought performance wise the 4850 is still high end really! I dont think of performce in the money bracket (£50-£150), i think of it as what it can do!!

Though good answers btw! I agree with you on the 350W PSU handling everything. But I REALLY REALLY REALLy doubt you'lll find many in people's PCs!


The way ATI designed and made the 4xxx series they managed to make very good performing cards at low price points (thats to the relatively small die size). Basically they gave up the high-end performance crown to Nvidia and instead made realistically priced cards that more people could afford to use - a pretty good strategy if you ask me! The high-end Radeon cards are basically the X2s with two-chips per card...

Whilst it can certainly do a lot - its still a mid-range card in the sense that others can do a bit more, for a lot more money (albeit if that only means a few extra FPS or a higher AA on a 30" monitor with most games!).
#10
jah128
The way ATI designed and made the 4xxx series they managed to make very good performing cards at low price points (thats to the relatively small die size). Basically they gave up the high-end performance crown to Nvidia and instead made realistically priced cards that more people could afford to use - a pretty good strategy if you ask me! The high-end Radeon cards are basically the X2s with two-chips per card...

Whilst it can certainly do a lot - its still a mid-range card in the sense that others can do a bit more, for a lot more money (albeit if that only means a few extra FPS or a higher AA on a 30" monitor with most games!).


5xxx will change that i feel.

It's been an incredibley bad year for Nvidia

I just recently built a i7 setup, spending quite a hefty sum to get good quality parts.. When i looked at the price / performance difference i ended up getting an XFX 4890 1GB XXX Edition..

The 4890 cost me £150.. the 285 stands at around £250-260... The extra £100-110 if i bought a 285 would result in a performance increase on average of around 5-7fps per game... It seemed silly to pay that extra.

As far as PSU wattage.. Always buy a better brand than higher wattage. I have a 520W modular coolmaster PSU in my PC.

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