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ATI Radeon HD 4850: Smarter by Design?
By , Florian Charpentier

Radeon HD 4850

Radeon HD 4850

Radeon HD 4850

Radeon HD 4850

With antialiasing, there’s an apparent limit of 60 frames per second (despite disabling vertical synchronization and the Unreal Engine 3-specific smooth frame rate, the limitation may be at the level of the processor). It’s interesting to note that testing with antialiasing enabled established a stepped ranking of all the cards at 1680*1050, with the same hierarchy as at 1920*1200. Only the GT200s could hit 60 fps; the 4850 had trouble staying ahead of the Radeon HD 3870 here, but at least it could play with antialiasing enabled, unlike its older brother. But it still wasn’t able to catch the 9800 GTX +, while remaining up to 26% behind (at 1920*1200 + filters), and 35% behind the Radeon HD 3870 X2 at 2560*1600.

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    TechSupport , 25 June 2008 19:43
    Bottom line as i see it, this is a Smashing card!
    Prices on the UK market put a HD4850 at £120 (ebuyer.com) where as the GTX260 is £300! considering the overal performance difference between the two, i'd get 2 HD4850's in Crossfire mode and still be cheaper than a GTX260.

    Once again AMD/ATI have produced a card that isnt amazing on performance, but bang for your buck its probably the best card on the market at those prices
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    david__t , 25 June 2008 19:54
    The very fact that, yet again, we have a whole page dedicated to noise is a sure sign that these manufacturers still don't have all of the priorities covered. How many years ago was it that THG posted that funny video showing an Nvidia card as a leaf blower & barbecue? - and still we have to put up with substandard cooling solutions. I haven't bought a graphics card for years now without getting an aftermarket heatsink to go with it - thank god for companies like Zalman & Thermalright who are sparing our ears!!
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    americanbrian , 26 June 2008 01:37
    I have seen on the reg that the 4870 more than doubles the performance of a 3870. If this is true and they hit a ~$300 price tag than AMD/ATI are back baby.

    Apparently they use 160W at load but beat the 3870 on performance/W by a long way.

    Can't wait to see it. Even though I know that this site rakes in more from intel/nvidia.
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    QueueMan , 26 June 2008 14:26
    http://www.pcper.com/images/reviews/581/4870cf/cod4-2048-bar.jpg

    Dual 4870s can take on a 280 no sweat and push for serious performance, and they're supposedly near similar price. By itself the 4870 takes on the $100USD more; 260. I smell price drops.
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    JohnVulcan , 28 June 2008 14:55
    Thanks to Tom’s Hardware for including the FSX test in these results. It’s interesting to see how differently the cards line up with FSX. No other game produces similar results or shows up the new technology in a different light. To any serious simmer it is the AA/AF performance on big screens that is crucial and this shows the biggest differences and biggest insights. Also it was good to see that my card (an overclocked 8800 GTX) is still top of the pile!
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    Anonymous , 29 June 2008 19:49
    lets just hope that this brings in enough profits to help the CPU market, because if you look at the info on the intel nahalem, it looks as though they have alot more potential, but they dont want to release that potential just yet, where as, if AMD release a competitor then we might just see the nahalems full potential!!