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Sapphire HD4850 Review

Price: $194.99


Are you looking for a new video card to add to your new build or maybe it's about time to upgrade your GPU again? Have you been waiting for something new to hit the market, see what ATI is going to launch to put up a fight against nVidia? Well now is the time. Sapphire recently launched the HD4850 video card built around the ATI RV770 GPU that takes advantage of the 55nm manufacturing process. There has been much hype about this card throughout the online computer forums, I wonder if the wait is going to pay off. I am extremely curious to see how the Sapphire HD4850 is going to compare when it comes to other cards that are out on the market, especially thinking back to when the HD3850 was released and how the card did.  

Closer Look:  

From the first look at the Sapphire HD4850 package, you are going to begin to want this card, this is because of the sheer design of the package. There are a ton of badges on the front of the Sapphire HD4850's package, including ATI Radeon Maximum Graphics badge, ATI CrossFire X, and Microsoft Windows Vista. There is also a large picture of Ruby, ATI's mascot, however she is in a different position, she looks to be praying; maybe praying to the ATI Gods? There are a list of some of the main features to the Sapphire HD4850 at the bottom edge of the package as well as a large oval badge letting you know that there is 512MB of GDDR3 installed on the card. There is also a new slogan in the middle of the package, saying "Prepare to Dominate...." implying that the HD4850 is going to perform extremely well. When you take a look at the back, you are able to see nice long list of the main features of the Sapphire HD4850. Ruby is also on the back of the package, however this time she has a sword, like she is about to go into battle. On the right hand side, there is a Product Highlights paragraph describing the HD4850. One one of the ends, you are going to find a System Requirements list, which says "...you need one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per board are required" meaning there needs to be two CrossFireX bridges installed.  











When you open up the packaging for the Sapphire HD4850, you are going to find a brown box that is holding everything in place as well as keeping it protected and when opened up, you will find more protection; not only is the HD4850 wrapped in an anti-static bag, it is also wrapped up in a thick foam piece to keep it from being damaged during the shipping process. Under the foam is where you are going to find all of the included accessories. There is also a nice user manual to help you with the installation of your new Sapphire HD4850.



The included accessories are, one S-Video out converter, one DVI to Analog dongle, one DVI to HDMI dongle, a 4-pin molex to PCI-E power cable, a S video to RCA cable, one CrossFireX bridge, one 2GB Sapphire USB card, and a bunch of CDs. The included CDs are 3DMark06, Power DVD, DVD Suite, Ruby ROM Volume 1.1, and the Sapphire Driver installation CD.




Now that we know what the packaging for the Sapphire HD4850 looks like, I know that I am ready to take a look at the actual video card and see what it looks like.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued (Video Card)
  3. Configuration (Installation)
  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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