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PowerColor HD4850 Review

Price: $199.99


Recently, we have seen an explosion of video cards from the industry's two main manufacturers, Nvidia and ATI, and this explosion brings the latest and greatest technology to us, the end users. The latest round from ATI is the HD4800 series, which is based on the RV770 core. The release of the upcoming 4800-series cards keeps with ATI's six month turnaround cycle for their video cards, which gives them a great amount of time to perfect their new monsters. Nvidia just released the GTX 200 series with a three month turn around from the 9-series cards, so will this longer incubating period work out to ATI's advantage? With the 3800-series being so successful, I have high hopes for the new 4800-series!

PowerColor is one manufacturer jumping to release a 4800-series card, with their HD4850 offering, which brings to the table newer and faster technology. Building on the success of the HD3800's, ATI has produced a new graphics core for a new flagship series of video cards, and the HD4850 is their mainstream model, which is aimed at everyone from casual gamers to hardcore enthusiasts, sporting QuadFire capabilities and a single slot cooling solution. Without further ado, I bring you the PowerColor HD4850 graphics card.

Closer Look:

The PowerColor HD4850 comes packaged in a box that gets your mouth watering. The front features the PowerColor mascot and lists some of the card's big features to pique your interest. The back of the box highlights some more of the features in-depth, and provides you with the card's specifications, so you can see what it offers. If you look at the left side of the packaging, PowerColor has listed the power and system requirements needed to run the HD4850, so there's no guessing if your system can handle it.








The components come enclosed neatly in another box to keep them protected during transport, or when not in use. There are two layers inside the protective box - one for the video card itself and another for the accessories that are included. In addition to the HD4850 card, PowerColor adds a quick-start manual, driver cd, a component-out dongle, an S-Video adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, a DVI to HDMI adapter, and a CrossFire Bridge.




Now that everything is unpacked from the boxes, let's take a better look at the HD4850 itself.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Video Card)
  3. Configuration (Drivers and Programs)
  4. Configuration (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & 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
  15. Conclusion
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