SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY   Radeon HD 4850 X2 - 1 GB GDDR3 - PCI-Express 2.0  £148.40 incl P&P @ Pixmania
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SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 4850 X2 - 1 GB GDDR3 - PCI-Express 2.0 £148.40 incl P&P @ Pixmania

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Found 21st Apr 2009Made hot 21st Apr 2009
This is the fastest card you can buy at this price point, no question about it. Reduced no doubt following the arrival of the HD4890. Pixmania is never everyone's favourite, but since the next cheapest is £211 at Comwales this has got to be a good deal - and from a respected manufacturer too.!! and don't forget Quidco too!! which makes the card £173 delivered.

The Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 has been designed for the most demanding gamers looking for impressive performances in a graphics card.

Its 1 GB GDDR3 memory can support all the latest next-generation games, displaying a maximum number of images per second.

Colours and details are enhanced by the card's clock frequency of 625 MHz, which guarantees high-precision displays for all your applications.


Technical Specifications Graphics Processor ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2
Processor Frequency 625 MHz
Exchange Interface Memory/Processor 256-bit
Memory 1 GB DDR3
Bus PCI-Express 2.0 x16
Memory Frequency 1986 MHz
DirectX 3D Hardware DirectX 10
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
Outputs DVI-I, TV (Composite / S-Video), HDTV

Compatible with Dual-Link, HDCP, HDMI

54 Comments

Is it really the fastest card? That 4850 GPU isn't a top performer (in fact, I think that 4890 is clocked about 50% higher and comes with double the RAM), and aren't there problems with multi-GPU setups and some games which mean that only a single GPU can work with them?

Original Poster

In all of the tests I have seen this card is only a shade slower than the HD4870x2, a card costing another £150ish.

Think it's fair to say some games don't scale as well as others with a multi gpu set up, however all I saying for this amount of cash this is an awesome card, very very fast, particulary at higher resolutions.

Sample FPS:
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Also comparison with HD4890:
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Well, it's definitely the fastest card at this pricepoint. This card performs great and would be super hot if it wasn't Pixmania. Most modern games have no problems with Crossfire/SLi. Scaling on this card is great and you can get almost double the framerate compared to a single 4850.

The 4890 is way faster than a single 4850 but this is an X2 card. The default clocks for the 4890 is 850MHz on Core and 3800MHz on RAM, so not quite 50% more. Also, the 4890 has 1GB of RAM, the same as this card (per GPU).

PhoenixRising;4986138

Well, it's definitely the fastest card at this pricepoint. This card … Well, it's definitely the fastest card at this pricepoint. This card performs great and would be super hot if it wasn't Pixmania. Most modern games have no problems with Crossfire/SLi. Scaling on this card is great and you can get almost double the framerate compared to a single 4850.The 4890 is way faster than a single 4850 but this is an X2 card. The default clocks for the 4890 is 850MHz on Core and 3800MHz on RAM, so not quite 50% more. Also, the 4890 has 1GB of RAM, the same as this card (per GPU).




Ah, cool. Cheers for clearing that up.

PhoenixRising;4986138

Also, the 4890 has 1GB of RAM, the same as this card (per GPU).



If by that you mean this 4850 X2 here (in the deal) has 1Gb per GPU then that is incorrect. The 1Gb is divided into 512Mb per GPU since it is effectively 2 x 512Mb 4850 shoved together on one PCB.

To get 1Gb per GPU on a 4850 X2 then you would have to go for the, unsurprisingly, 2Gb 4850 X2

Can someone be kind enough to say if it's worth getting this over an additional 4870 512Mb (have one already)? Will be used at 1920x1200 res.

A new 4870 512Mb costs ~£125, but could probably get a secondhand one for £90-100(?). Or, sell mine & get this 4850x2?

Original Poster

Crossbow;4986786

Can someone be kind enough to say if it's worth getting this over an … Can someone be kind enough to say if it's worth getting this over an additional 4870 512Mb (have one already)? Will be used at 1920x1200 res.A new 4870 512Mb costs ~£125, but could probably get a secondhand one for £90-100(?). Or, sell mine & get this 4850x2?



From a cost point of view I would go for selling your exisiting card (for circa £100?) and buy this card. So basically looking to spend an additional £75ish to upgrade as opposed to buying another HD4870. My 2cents.

v8griff;4986905

From a cost point of view I would go for selling your exisiting card (for … From a cost point of view I would go for selling your exisiting card (for circa £100?) and buy this card. So basically looking to spend an additional £75ish to upgrade as opposed to buying another HD4870. My 2cents.

Thanks v8griff, that's what I was expecting to be told

Cuddy;4986747

If by that you mean this 4850 X2 here (in the deal) has 1Gb per GPU then … If by that you mean this 4850 X2 here (in the deal) has 1Gb per GPU then that is incorrect. The 1Gb is divided into 512Mb per GPU since it is effectively 2 x 512Mb 4850 shoved together on one PCB.To get 1Gb per GPU on a 4850 X2 then you would have to go for the, unsurprisingly, 2Gb 4850 X2



See the tech specs:

Graphics Processor ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2
Processor Frequency 625 MHz
Exchange Interface Memory/Processor 256-bit
Memory 2 GB DDR3
Bus PCI-Express 2.0 x16
Memory Frequency 1986 MHz
DirectX 3D Hardware DirectX 10
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
Outputs DVI-I, TV (Composite / S-Video), HDTV

Compatible with Dual-Link, HDCP, HDMI

Also, Sapphire only do a 2GB 4850X2. The title at Pixmania is misleading. To clarify, this card has 2GB of total memory - 1GB each.

Crossbow;4987134

Thanks v8griff, that's what I was expecting to be told



Yep, v8griff's got the right idea.

Also, you'll be getting effectively 2x 1GB 4850 cards, (see previous post) which will really make your games fly at 1920x1200 with AA.

Edit: Just saw some vouchers for Pixmania. Most useful one is probably the £5 off a £200 spend. You might be able to find something for £25 that's useful.

hotukdeals.com/ite…a-/

Original Poster

PhoenixRising;4987283

Also, Sapphire only do a 2GB 4850X2. The title at Pixmania is … Also, Sapphire only do a 2GB 4850X2. The title at Pixmania is misleading. To clarify, this card has 2GB of total memory - 1GB each.



No matey, there are two versions of this card, 1GB and 2GB. The 2GB card is £220 @ pixmania.

Just to clarify this is indeed the 1GB model. Cheers.

Ah you're right. Should've done a bit more googling. I was sure they only did 2GB 4850X2s... oh well. Still a good deal but a little bit less hot in my eyes. :-)

Thanks for the help PhoenixRising :), & I've noted v8griff's correction.

Yes, I suppose if it was a 2Gb card, it would indeed be a blinder. 'Hot in the eyes' would be an understatement then!

Would love it, but too rich for me, voted hot, couldnt find it cheaper

battelaxe;4988081

Would love it, but too rich for me, voted hot, couldnt find it cheaper

Wait a few months, then snap it up for £150 or less - one hopes anyway :-D

Make sure your PSU is up to the job though, otherwise you're looking at additional expense!

Original Poster

Thats very true, make sure your PSU is up to it. Link below shows ATI certified PSU's:

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PhoenixRising;4987408

Ah you're right. Should've done a bit more googling. I was sure they … Ah you're right. Should've done a bit more googling. I was sure they only did 2GB 4850X2s... oh well.



You didn't have to Google, 1Gb was right here in the title of the deal and on the page at Pixmania. Oh well, looks like you have learnt something new for the day :-D

Amazingly good value and stellar performance, it also worked fine on a 430w Hiper PSU.

Be warned though, this is the loudest card I've ever experienced, and by some margin.

Cuddy;4989886

You didn't have to Google, 1Gb was right here in the title of the deal … You didn't have to Google, 1Gb was right here in the title of the deal and on the page at Pixmania. Oh well, looks like you have learnt something new for the day :-D



Lol, I never looked at the Pixmania page, I just assumed and made a huge ass out of...well, just me. :-D

i've been looking for this exact same vid card as it has 4 dvi ports! so to set up a multi monitor display's. but its still a lot of money and I dont really play games.... but all 4 ports are dual link capable so you could have 4 full resolution monitors at 2560 x 1600 although I dont think any of us could afford 4, 30inch monitors.

I was reading a review about the 4890 last night and one of the cards it came up against was this 4850x2 and it spanked the 4890 in every test especially at high resolutions it got close and beat the nvidia 285 in some cases so this is a great price its just the etailer that worries me

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Still, it's a good price, so I voted hot.

Marekj;4991007

Amazingly good value and stellar performance, it also worked fine on a … Amazingly good value and stellar performance, it also worked fine on a 430w Hiper PSU.

Cheers for that - the Hiper must have at least a couple of high-rated +12V rails then?

Marekj;4991007

Be warned though, this is the loudest card I've ever experienced, and by … Be warned though, this is the loudest card I've ever experienced, and by some margin.

Is it the exact brand you're referring to? If yes, then I guess this doesn't some with their highly-rated, cool & quiet Vapor-X cooler.

1GB memory, meaning 512Mb total (each card has the same data) is just not enough for the GPU power this card has. Would rather have a 1GB 4890.

lol the issue now is...

It doesnt fit my case. Jeez this card is one long crazy.... oh well, i was almost going to buy it

Minstadave;4992604

1GB memory, meaning 512Mb total (each card has the same data) is just not … 1GB memory, meaning 512Mb total (each card has the same data) is just not enough for the GPU power this card has. Would rather have a 1GB 4890.



It says on the pixmania details tab that it has 2gb rather than the 1gb advertised. I looked around and it looks that only 2gb versions appear on review sites.

Do you think we'd still be able to buy this at this price in 2 months time?

Leepox;4992773

It says on the pixmania details tab that it has 2gb rather than the 1gb … It says on the pixmania details tab that it has 2gb rather than the 1gb advertised. I looked around and it looks that only 2gb versions appear on review sites.



Read the rest of this thread, there's both versions on Pixmania, the 1GB card for this price and they also list a 2GB card for £220:

pixmania.co.uk/uk/…tml

This is definately the 1GB version.

thx.....

So when is the 4890 X2 out as i want 2 for an crossfire setup.

Minstadave;4992873

Read the rest of this thread, there's both versions on Pixmania, the 1GB … Read the rest of this thread, there's both versions on Pixmania, the 1GB card for this price and they also list a 2GB card for £220:http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1909482/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-4850-x2-2-gb-gd.htmlThis is definately the 1GB version.



ok i stand corrected

Great price (Bang 4 Buck) graphics card,

if i owned a crossfire board id deffo get one of these.

heat added.

[email protected];4995083

Great price (Bang 4 Buck) graphics card,if i owned a crossfire board id … Great price (Bang 4 Buck) graphics card,if i owned a crossfire board id deffo get one of these.heat added.



The beauty of X2 cards is that they don't need a crossfire capable motherboard

This is a great deal (shame about the retailer), especially as I shelled out £165 on a 4870 1GB a few months back

[email protected];4995083

if i owned a crossfire board id deffo get one of these.

OK, if:

1. Games made better use of 3 or 4 cores. It would appear even 2 cores are not ideally supported atm. The difference between one & couple of these cards is negligible at present, as can be gleaned from this review: ]Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 In CrossfireX. What it'll be like in a few years is anybody's guess, but one may want to move on to something more mainstream at the time?!

2. You'd like to limit yourself to 10 min playing time a day - on account of the high power consumption. 4870x2 in CF is almost doubly worse in this department!

3. You can afford a monster(ish) of a PSU - suppose you easily could, if you can afford couple of these!

4. You'll be wearing ear-muffs, or turning the volume way up on your speakers/headphones - to drown out the noise they'd be making. Although may not be that much of an issue as Sapphire use relatively good, quiet(er) coolers.

5. You're willing to buy my lovely CrossfireX board - at a reasonable discount of course! Every penny you save can go towards increasing that play time limit a day.

6. Last, but not least, if you're being serious - which I very much doubt you are!

you only need the power of this card for 1920x1200 or higher and for those resolutions and high levels of filtering 512MB per card just isn't enough really.

still a decent deal i guess but it's almost 200 smackers on a card without enough vram - rather a cheap 1gb 4870 or a 4890 for around the same price as this x2 and clock the hell out of it.....won't be alot slower.

Original Poster

marscay;5005488

you only need the power of this card for 1920x1200 or higher and for … you only need the power of this card for 1920x1200 or higher and for those resolutions and high levels of filtering 512MB per card just isn't enough really.still a decent deal i guess but it's almost 200 smackers on a card without enough vram - rather a cheap 1gb 4870 or a 4890 for around the same price as this x2 and clock the hell out of it.....won't be alot slower.



Don't see the advantage of doing that, why bother when you can have better performance "out of the box" with the stock settings of the X2 card? The test below shows in tests this card still beats an O/C HD4890, and it's cheaper than the branded HD4890's that I've seen (about £200?):

http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/video/radeon-hd4890/codww.png

This is a very good price for that graphic card.It's more than 50 pounds cheaper then cheapest price available on the market.This card is designed for a modern gaming on Windows platform.Same league of performance as GTX 280 which include situations where performance may be little bit lower or little bit faster but for about 100 £ less.That's absolutely awesome .This is a really great card for those willing play games on very high resolutions.Grab one before it's too late.

v8griff;5007798

Don't see the advantage of doing that, why bother when you can have … Don't see the advantage of doing that, why bother when you can have better performance "out of the box" with the stock settings of the X2 card? The test below shows in tests this card still beats an O/C HD4890, and it's cheaper than the branded HD4890's that I've seen (about £200?):



which site is that test from though - doesn't specify if it's the 1 or 2gb .....even if the x2 is slightly faster you still have the problem of certain games not working in crossfire in which case it will be quite a bit slower than the 4890 and there's no real upgrade path.

the fact it's from pixmania doesn't give the deal any help either

marscay;5008927

the fact it's from pixmania doesn't give the deal any help either



Are they some sort of Punks ?

This is a ridiculous price. (voted hot)
Oh such a hot PRICE.
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