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MSI R4830 512MB Overclock Edition Review

TheScavenger    -   November 17, 2008
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Testing:

At OverclockersClub.com, we use a set of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of newer gaming benchmarks, as well as some that are more seasoned, to show how well the Palit HD4850 compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market. We'll be using single GPU models exclusively, to show just how much the Palit HD4850 brings to the table. All driver settings and clock speeds will be left at factory defaults for both the CPU and GPU, in an effort to minimize or eliminate any variables that could impact the results. The test system used in this review is listed below. After testing the card at stock speeds, I'll overclock it to see what kind of performance can be gained. All testing is performed with the default settings in the respective control panels, as well as default settings in the BIOS of the motherboard used in this test. For this round of testing, our drivers have been updated to the 177.79 for the Nvidia cards and the Catalyst 8.8 for the ATI video cards used in this review.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked Settings:

  • MSI R4830 710/1075

I was really impressed by the overclockability of MSI's 4830. In the end I was able to get a nearly 25% overclock on the RV770 core and a 20% overclock on the GDDR3 memory. The R4830 clocks in this review were initially adjusted using CCC and then AMD GPU Clock Tool. To reach my final overclock speeds I began by increasing the core and memory clocks in 25MHz increments until I hit 710/1025. Any speed above 710MHz on the core created instability. However, the memory didn't stop at 1025MHz. I was able to get the memory up to 1075MHz before hitting any instability. As you can see in the screen shot of CCC, even with such a heavy overclock the R4830 still idled at 37 degrees.

Benchmarks:

  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Crysis
  8. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  9. Testing: Bioshock
  10. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  11. Testing: World in Conflict
  12. Testing: Call of Juarez
  13. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  14. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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