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VisionTek 4850 1GB B2 Review

RHKCommander959    -   August 26, 2009
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Conclusion

Overall, the VisionTek 4850 1GB B2 performed decently, although overclocking potential is limited. The core ran cool thanks to the Accelero L2, and the power circuits even had a small heat sink. This video card is easily installed into most systems with its wide array of connections:  HDMI, VGA and DVI.

The VisionTek B2 video card has a basic package, but for a midrange card it is adequate, and nothing really stands out as lacking. For more performance it would be nice to have small heat sinks to wick away heat from the memory modules. The heat sink and fan assembly is tall enough that the card takes up two slots. Unfortunately, no CrossFire cables were included.

The card has some nice features to it, like the solid state capacitors. The heat sink runs very quietly and kept the GPU core temperature cool, even after hours of testing. A case with good airflow is needed though, since the card does not exhaust to the exterior like some other designs; with poor airflow heat will build up in the case. For this level of card there aren't any noticeable cons that stick out.

 

Pros:

  • Quiet fan
  • Decent heat sink
  • CrossFireX ready
  • Solid accessory package
  • Decent design

Cons:

  • Memory not cooled with heatsinks
  • No CrossFire dongle included

 

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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers and Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  10. Testing: Dead Space
  11. Testing: Fallout 3
  12. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  13. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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