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Palit HD4850 Review

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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 done 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:



Overclocked settings:

  • Palit HD4850 675/1075

After seeing the results that the custom cooled MSI HD4850 delivered on the overclocking front I was eager to see if I could duplicate that same success on a reference card. The answer is no I could not, but I came close. After all the time spent searching for that ideal mix betweeen GPU core clock speed and the memory clock speed I was stopped at 675MHz on the GPU core and 1075MHz on the memory. Not massive clock speed increases but enough to go to the mat for it. With these increases came the corresponding increase in performance. Seen mostly at the higher end of the gaming benchmarks. By comparison, the clock speeds for the MSI card were 25MHz higher on the core and 1187MHz on the memory. Close, but no cigar on beating those clock speeds. To get the clock speeds of 675MHz on the GPU core and 1075MHz on the memory I used a software application called AMD GPU Overclock Tool to make changes outside the range available in the Catalyst Control Center.




  • Video:
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  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


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