Sapphire HD4650 512MB Overclock Edition Reviewajmatson - December 10, 2008
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While the Sapphire HD 4650 is not meant to be a high end gaming card it did score well at lower resolutions when running our benchmarks which are mostly on medium to high settings. Most games had given decent playable frame rates of 30+ when run at 1024x768 which is fine for the casual gamer wanting to break the everyday monotony. During many of the tests the HD 4650 scored very closely to the HD 4670 which uses the same RV730 GPU clocked 100MHz higher. Given the slot size and price tag this card would be ideal for anyone putting together a media server, home theater PC, or even a workstation for casual computer use and light gaming. The performance per price factor makes the Sapphire HD 4650 a steal.
Since this card is overclocked by the factory I did not expect much headroom however I was able to push the memory to its limit overclocked another 100MHz and the GPU an additional 40MHz for slightly less than 100MHz of the stock version of the HD 4650 GPU. While the scores through out the review were the lowest it still gave the HD 4670 a run for its money which costs more. During operation the card stayed quite cool even when overclocked. Not once did I hear a wind tunnel coming from my computer. The HD 4650 also helps the environment, reducing power consumption by not requiring additional power supplies other than what it gets from the PCI Express slot. Overall this is a very nice card and will give you performance you need without hurting your finances in this tough economy.
- Factory overclocked
- CrossFireX capable
- Well priced
- Not much additional overclocking headroom