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Palit HD4850 Review

Price: $169.99


So many video cards, so little time to use them before the next crop comes due. ATI has a series of proven performers with the HD48XX series of video cards, having just dropped the HD4870X2 performance bomb on the world. Depending on the performance level there is a card in the ATI deck to match up with the green camp and fight them on a performance per dollar platform. The question is where do you want to spend your dollars? ATI or Nvidia? Each has its merits. The decision comes down to brand preference, manufacturer preference and feature set. Just what it can do. The problem is that with costs going up on just about everything the discretionary dollars you have available are shrinking so getting the most bang for your buck is on everyone's mind.

The Palit HD4850 is a PCI-E 16x 2.0 compliant video card built on a 55nm manufacturing process. Sporting clock speeds of 625MHz and 993MHz, respectively, on the GPU and memory the HD4850 is equipped to challenge the green camp to see just how well the performance stacks up against the competition.

Closer Look:

The packaging for the Palit HD4850 centers around the Frobot, dressed for battle and carrying that 1000 yard stare. Other mentions on the front panel include the model of the video card, the fact that the Palit HD4850 is HDCP ready, is certified for Windows Vista and can be used in a CrossfireX configuration with two or more video cards. The rear panel lists additional technical specifications not listed on the front panel such as PCI-E 2.0 compliance, full unified shaders optimized for DirectX 10 and Shader model 4.0 as well as the video formats hardware decoding is offered for. The side panels offer little in the way of information but do carry the company name, the Radeon moniker as well as a picture of our buddy, the Frobot.




Once open, the contents of the box are still hidden quite well. The HD4850 is kept in a box inside the main package with additional cardboard walls that act as both a method of securing the card in place as well as providing a place to hide the accessory bundle.



The bundle of accesories that Palit has included with the HD4850 is far more expansive than the ones I have seen with Palit's Nvidia graphics cards. Not only do you get the standard driver disc and quick start guide, you also get the DVI to HDMI adapter, a DVI to D-sub adapter, an HD-out to VGA-out adapter, a Crossfire bridge connection and 4-pin molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adapter. If you can't get connected with this bundle then you just can't get connected.



Now let's see what the Palit HD4850 looks like.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifcations & 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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