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Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4850 **1GB** Graphics Card £91.99 Delivered at Novatech
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4850 **1GB** Graphics Card £91.99 Delivered at Novatech

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4850 **1GB** Graphics Card £91.99 Delivered at Novatech

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This looks like an amazing price for a 1GB 4850. However, I read that 1GB doesn't make much if any difference to performance (even at high resolutions). Would be grateful for any thoughts on that.

Not in stock at the moment, but 25 are due imminently.

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any better than this: novatech.co.uk/nov…250

I just ordered the 250 as Nvidia are usually superior, then this pops up. Need to see some benchmarks etc now

edit: the ATI has more stream processors... will get some bechmarks now

Hi nick_sub, cheers for the post

Might be a good idea to correct the spelling in the thread title as someone researching "Sapphire Radeon" cards wouldn't hit your post :thumbsup:

ocuk got this at around £160
is it a good card though?

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gooddeals9;5251223

any better than this: … any better than this: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-250I just ordered the 250 as Nvidia are usually superior, then this pops up. Need to see some benchmarks etc nowedit: the ATI has more stream processors... will get some bechmarks now


That was true in the past but recently ATI have been ahead of NVIDIA.

Have a look at this table:
tomshardware.com/rev…tml

Looks like the 4850 just pips it.

Original Poster

Shambles;5251422

Hi nick_sub, cheers for the post :)Might be a good idea to correct the … Hi nick_sub, cheers for the post :)Might be a good idea to correct the spelling in the thread title as someone researching "Sapphire Radeon" cards wouldn't hit your post :thumbsup:


Novatech's mistake not mine :-D Fixed.

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psd99;5251476

ocuk got this at around £160is it a good card though?



its a decent card, not as good as 4870 but of course you'd pay more for that.

The thing to know with graphics cards is, get the best you can afford in your budget.

If you have £50 to spend, don't be looking at the latest and greatest. People move on quickly, so for example, i have a 7600gt and at the time, it was amazing, people now would say it is rubbish, but at the time it played most games on the market...

Don't listen to people who 'hate' on graphics cards, just get the best you can for your budget.

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psd99;5251476

ocuk got this at around £160is it a good card though?


There's a review here (although it's about a year old)
hardwaresecrets.com/art…576

psd99;5251476

ocuk got this at around £160is it a good card though?



It is a good card but £160 is no where near what it's worth.

It's not worth going for extra memory on lower end cards since they become obsolete so quickly, but on a card like this it's worth paying an extra tenner for - it may not be useful now but the card will still be working in two or three years and it could well be useful then.

(I own a 1GB 4850 myself)

One warning though, once you've gone high-end, it's a big stick to swallow to go back down to middle-end or budget...
I went from a HD2600XT 256MB - (overheated and RMAed)
HD2600XT 512MB -
8800GT 512MB -
HD3870 512MB - (Fan bug RMAed)
HD4870 512MB

I don't think I can go back to *middle-tier* anymore... Like a psychological thing right?:? I don't even PC game that much at all (Street Fighter IV is so good right now:thumbsup:)

Whereas 5 or 6 years ago any card with 256MB or Radeon would've impressed me and my friends (oh how little we knew).

If I never bought a HD4870, a 1GB HD4850 would've been pretty cool especially at this price. Just be careful peeps, it's a spiral:-D

EDIT: Oh but two of these in crossfire are apparently excellent for performance, so that's something to consider! Especially considering the cost of two HD4870's

The current gen of cards are dropping in price so fast that you can't help but wonder whether the trade have seen the specs of the next gen of cards, or that their release is going to be sooner than expected, and are having to seriously discount the older cards to get them shifted quickly.

I know you can always say that about graphics cards, but I can't see them going up in price again before the new cards come out so there probably isn't a need to jump at one now as you think it is a bargain because this seems to be becoming the new price range for these cards

tubby20076;5254648

I don't think I can go back to *middle-tier* anymore... Like a … I don't think I can go back to *middle-tier* anymore... Like a psychological thing right?:? I don't even PC game that much at all (Street Fighter IV is so good right now:thumbsup:)



Yeah, you don't realise how horrible 30fps is until you play the same game at 60fps.

Great deal if you own an X38/x48/x58 motherboard to crossfire, as when crossfired, RAM isn't added up, so 2 4850 512MBs would only bring 512MB of RAM to the table, so this card will give not only the speed benefits of crossfiring, but a decent amount of RAM too, outperforming a 1GB 4870.

A good price for a decent card. I've got a HD4850 toxic and it blitzes COD5...all settings maxed still get 70fps plus.

Heat from me, this is a great deal.

At this risk of going slightly OT, keep in mind that the number of new AAA rated pc released that require such powerful hardware are few and far between..... so while the card might be cheap, if you are already on a decent last gen card there is little reason to upgrade.

CrazyIndianZA;5255705

At this risk of going slightly OT, keep in mind that the number of new … At this risk of going slightly OT, keep in mind that the number of new AAA rated pc released that require such powerful hardware are few and far between..... so while the card might be cheap, if you are already on a decent last gen card there is little reason to upgrade.



Interestingly I went from a 3870 to a 3850 when mine died last year, only cost me £50 but it plays TF2 fine and that is all I've really been playing at the moment.

So I guess what I'm saying is that this could be a nice convenient bump for someone in the market for a new card.

The best deal here recently was the Play 4890 for £125. If that was still around I would say everyone should save those extra few pennies. Those on an upgrade path should only be considering this if they have Radeon 36xx / Nvidia 86xx or lower / previous gen cards. Not really worth it for the masses of 8800 based card owners.

1GB RAM makes very little difference as the chip isn't powerful enough to really take advantage of it in most real world situations. Worth having for little difference in cost, but a 512MB 4870 would still beat it hands down.

Would this card be a worthy upgrade from a 3870?

sibeer;5256131

The best deal here recently was the Play 4890 for £125.

Didn't that turn out to be a misprice though?


gogosteve;5256286

Would this card be a worthy upgrade from a 3870?

Going by this benchmark comparison at Tomshardware, I'd say probably yes. Also consider the £12 cheaper 4770, which is close to performance to this.

Excuse my noobness, is this card much better than my current ati 1950xt 256mb?

I'm assuming yes...?

pazman2k;5257750

Excuse my noobness, is this card much better than my current ati 1950xt … Excuse my noobness, is this card much better than my current ati 1950xt 256mb?I'm assuming yes...?



Yes. Exactly the same card I moved up from.

Went from low/mid on crysis to everything ultra-high, though only at 1280x1024 resolution.

my understanding is the newer (and cheaper) 4770 card gives similar performance to this one at around £80 and has lower power consumption (so it's more suitable for cases with smaller PSUs)

godsakes;5258952

my understanding is the newer (and cheaper) 4770 card gives similar … my understanding is the newer (and cheaper) 4770 card gives similar performance to this one at around £80 and has lower power consumption (so it's more suitable for cases with smaller PSUs)


Yep, although the 4770 only has 128bit mem interface, it has GDDR5 which somewhat makes up for it. The GPU on the 4770 also runs at an impressive 750Mhz (and can be overclocked due to the cooler smaller die size).
4770 is a great card on it's own, but crossfired up it's excellent.

EDIT:
Read this -
pcgameshardware.com/aid…ws/

In the end the 4850 is barely any better, and in some of the tests slower than the cheaper 4770.

gogosteve;5256286

Would this card be a worthy upgrade from a 3870?



I'm not saying you wouldn't notice the difference, but personally I would wait to get something better. You are going from the performance model of the previous gen to the budget performance model of the newer gen, not a massive leap. Both cards will run most games at decent specs at a medium resolution (1280x1040 / 720P). I'd wait till your current one starts to struggle with games you want at the resolution you play them, hopefully by then you should be getting a 5850 for around £100. If you are struggling now then I would suggest one of the Nvidia 260 or Radeon 4870 deals as a starting point :thumbsup:

Sorry that's not true at all...it WILL be a massive leap from a 3870. The 4850 is sometimes over twice the performance of a 3870.

I am running a 1gB 4850 at 2048x1152 and it's really barely slower than my old 4870 1GB was....not to mention that my 4850 overclocks to over 760mhz on stock voltage.

For resolutions above 1680x1050 I recommend this card, otherwise grab a 4770

Another tenner and you can get the 4870.

Jocky Balboa;5260569

Another tenner and you can get the 4870.

Hi JB, do you have a link please for a £102 4870? Ta.

Original Poster

Yeah, I'll have one too :-D

I would honestly look at the 4770 instead of a the 4850. It uses the new architecture (45nm, instead of 55nm) and is bloody good in crossfire.

Yep, although the 4770 only has 128bit mem interface, it has GDDR5 which … Yep, although the 4770 only has 128bit mem interface, it has GDDR5 which somewhat makes up for it. The GPU on the 4770 also runs at an impressive 750Mhz (and can be overclocked due to the cooler smaller die size).4770 is a great card on it's own, but crossfired up it's excellent.EDIT:Read this -http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,6...00-GT/Reviews/In the end the 4850 is barely any better, and in some of the tests slower than the cheaper 4770.



Here's another review of Xfired 4770s with some tables for comparison:
hexus.net/con…281

Crossbow;5256864

Going by ]this benchmark comparison at Tomshardware, I'd say probably … Going by ]this benchmark comparison at Tomshardware, I'd say probably yes. Also consider the £12 cheaper 4770, which is close to performance to this.



Thanks :thumbsup:

sibeer;5259784

I'm not saying you wouldn't notice the difference, but personally I would … I'm not saying you wouldn't notice the difference, but personally I would wait to get something better. You are going from the performance model of the previous gen to the budget performance model of the newer gen, not a massive leap. Both cards will run most games at decent specs at a medium resolution (1280x1040 / 720P). I'd wait till your current one starts to struggle with games you want at the resolution you play them, hopefully by then you should be getting a 5850 for around £100. If you are struggling now then I would suggest one of the Nvidia 260 or Radeon 4870 deals as a starting point :thumbsup:



Thanks :thumbsup:

I'm going to sell my Xbox 360 and get a 4870. I hope my gaming rig will take me back......

gogosteve;5263055

I'm going to sell my Xbox 360 and get a 4870. I hope my gaming rig will … I'm going to sell my Xbox 360 and get a 4870. I hope my gaming rig will take me back......

Please be aware that your PSU needs to be up-to-scratch, especially on the +12v rail(s) & ideally have 2x dedicated 6pin PCI-E connectors.

Crossbow;5256864

Didn't that turn out to be a misprice though?Going by ]this benchmark … Didn't that turn out to be a misprice though?Going by ]this benchmark comparison at Tomshardware, I'd say probably yes. Also consider the £12 cheaper 4770, which is close to performance to this.



that was a 3850 compared to a 4850
he's got a 3870 :thumbsup:

Tom's Hardware - Benchmark The Last Remnant

jimonyzangs;5263361

that was a 3850 compared to a 4850he's got a 3870 :thumbsup:]Tom's … that was a 3850 compared to a 4850he's got a 3870 :thumbsup:]Tom's Hardware - Benchmark The Last Remnant

You're right, thanks :-D. Corrected & pm'ed gogosteve.

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