Review Introduction to AMD Radeon HD 4850
(PowerColor) graphics card
Bluetooth 19 Jun 2008
AMD is slated to
launch it's new generation PCIe card on the 25th June 2008. We bought two of
these cards during a trip as the shops were stocked up with and were selling it way ahead of
Anyway, we do not need to re-introduce the card as most of
you already know what is installed.
Based on the RV770 GPU, this card will have 800 unified stream processors.
256 bits memory width with GDDR3. It supports DX10.1 and SM 4.1. There will be
an improved unified video decoder. The HDMI comes with 7.1 HD
audio and it supports advance PowerPlay. The GPU
clocks at 625MHz and memory will be 512MB of GDDR3 at 1GHz. The card that we got
is a PowerColor card. A check on the GPU-Z show that the GPU runs at 625MHz
and memory is at 993MHz.
As usual, this card
supporst UVD that
gives you the best images
with low CPU utilisation. The PowerPlay also helps to conserve energy allowing you to run your system in a
cool, quiet PCs. For the light gamers, 3D realism is realised with
DirectX® 10.1 capabilities and plug-and-play ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU
upgradeability (4pcs on AMD 790FX based motherboard).
There is also the built in HDMI with 7.1 Surround Sound for
single HDTV connectivity. This feature is enabled with an intelligent DVI to
HDMI adaptor, no internal SPDIF or other audio cabling is required.
This card is now price in sub USD 200 levels, you can click on the pricing info
on the top and bottom of each page to check for the best retail store.
Below are photos of the package from PowerColor.
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