Gigabyte HD4850 GV-R485-512H-B ReviewMakaveli - August 4, 2008
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The Gigabyte HD 4850 is actually a pretty small card that sports a very thin heatsink and fan unit. It's been a while since I've had a video card that doesn't take up multiple PCI slots for cooling. The stock core clock for this GPU is 625MHz, while the 512MB of GDDR3 memory is set at a cool 990MHz. It'll be exciting to see just how far this card can be pushed.
This card's heatsink has red see-thru plastic covering it and half of the red plastic is painted purple and features the company's logo on it. The back side of the Gigabyte HD4850 has an X shaped bracket that holds the reference design heatsink against the core.
This card runs on a RV770 core manufactured using a 55nm process and features 512MB of GDDR3 memory made by Qimonda.
The Gigabyte HD 4850 features two DVI ports and one HD-Out port. I like how Gigabyte now ships most of the company's video cards with little plastic caps covering up these ports because it ensures that the ports are free of any debris or shipping damage. Take a look at the heatsink on the back of the card with the copper poles. Pretty unique, huh? This card is powered by one 6-pin PCI-E cable.
The Gigabyte HD 4850 supports CrossfireX, so that's just what you'll find hiding under the blue cap near the output ports in the front of the card. You can use the included Crossfire bridge to connect multiple 4850s together to get unparalleled performance.
Now that we've taken a closer look at the card, let's insert the driver CD and get this Gigabyte HD 4850 up and running!