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PowerColor HD4830 Review

ajmatson    -   November 30, 2008
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Conclusion:

What can I say my jaw is on the floor currently. I was not expecting this card to do that well. I mean the HD 4800 series are great cards but with what was disabled I had fears that it crippled a good card. Boy was I wrong. At stock this card even puts the HD 4850 in a battle for the race and bypasses even the 9800GT and the 8800GT cards which were considered great cards of their time. Overclocking this beast puts it that much more in the lead. At a price of $120.00 this card is a no brainer. For under $250, which is about what a GTX 260 would cost you, you can have a killer CrossFire combination that could possibly out do some of the best single cards on the market. Better yet pair this card with an HD 4850 or a 4870 and you have a low cost upgrade that allows you to run on maximum resolutions and settings. With what the PowerColor HD 4830 has to offer you would be a noob not to check it out.

PowerColor, by adding a different heatsink for the HD 4830, has helped solve the heat issues that plagued the earlier HD 4800 series cards. Even under load I never saw temperatures go over 50C degrees and my HD 4850 from PowerColor reached 80C in a matter of seconds. Even overclocked the card stayed under 62C degrees. Considering the less heat being generated this will help keep overall system temperatures down.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • Great overclocking headroom
  • Runs cooler than other HD 4800 series cards
  • ATI AVIVO Technology
  • Low price

 

Cons:

  • No DVI Adapter Included for Dual Monitors
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