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GIGABYTE GV-R489UD-1GD Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 800 Stream Processors
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • olaru g.
  • 12/10/2009 9:55:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGIGABYTE GV-R489UD-1GD Radeon HD 4890 1GB

Pros: This is an very good product. Very nice, very stylish, the cooler looks great and it does a good job.

Cons: iT IS NOT AN HD 5850 I WAS WAITING FOR for 1 month!!!
5850 was 260 $ when got on the market and now is 320$ but u cannot find it!!! It is stupid!!!
Not realy a con but the memory has no cooler!!! They say it does not need it but how much would cost gigabyte to have that memory cooler instaled?
2 more dollars?

Other Thoughts: I removed the zalman cooler, i instaled my own memory coolers(ZALMAN ZM-RHS1 VGA RAM Heatsink ), i replaced the thermal paste from the base of the Zalman’s VF 1050 VGA cooler with some Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound and it is running great!!!!!
Other that that......i was surprised how much hit an hd 4890 can generate!!!!!My ex 8800 gt was nothing compared with this one!!!!If i play crysis the gpu temp does not go over 72-75' but around 60-65 my whole system starts heating up and the fans starts spinning like crazy!!!!In the begining i thought it was the video card fan the loud one, but it was not ...the thermaltake 850 w power supply fan was spinning very fast and loud!!!
And my cm 690 case has 4x120 mm fans...
If u are in the market for a video card , than i recomand this one!!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/28/2009 8:00:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHEAT SINK HAZARD! RU489UD & RU489OC users take note!

Pros: Once everything was 'ironed out' (see Cons), everything runs great! Though I am now left with ambition of finding a better quality display. The highest resolution I'm capable of running right now is 1366x768x60Hz on the RGB input of a Vizio VX37L. (37" LCD HDTV). (See 'other thoughts'). The best I'm capable of saying so far is that I've enjoyed Far Cry 2 at 60fps 4xAA, Very high settings, and 45fps @ Ultra high settings. I've run the GPUCAPS viewer "fur cube" benchmark @600x600 at 155fps avg. Top load temp was around 155 F. Idle 99 F.

Cons: Minus one egg on Gigabyte! I see this as a potential hazard for "down the road" failures occurring with this card. After removing the HSF for the obligatory AS-5 treatment, and adding ramsinks ;), I had a big scare once I restarted the system. Post beep, boot screen, blank screen-no signal! After several tries with the same result, I feared a dead card. I pulled it, removed the HSF, and noticed that the thermal paste didn't seem like it stuck, or 'spread' from compression. I had thought it odd when removing the factory paste-stuff, that it seemed barely dented by the gpu core. After cleaning it, reassembling it, and holding it up to the light, I realized that the HSF base and GPU core were not making contact! I removed the little square pads at the feet of the HSF assembly (GPU side), and that allowed contact between both surfaces. The factory heatsink paste was barely thick enough to make contact between the GPU and HSF base. No wonder those initial test temps were high!!!

Other Thoughts: Since it seems like the same HSF assembly is used on both the RU489UD and RU489OC, everyone should be aware of this!!! REMOVE the litte square pads at the feet of the HSF assembly (on the GPU side) so the HSF base makes firm contact with the GPU surface.

Gigabyte loses only one egg because of the fail-safe built in which kept the GPU from toasting when the surfaces weren't making contact. So I'm fortunate to survive such a near-miss! I've re-run the benchmarks, re-played Far Cry 2, and it runs sweet and a bit cooler now.

Couldn't do much with the HDMI, my television is limited and I can't get that "great" picture I was hoping for. I heard a few things about Powerstrip, I may give that a try to see if I can run sweet HDMI. Otherwise, this is an outright beast of a video card when everything is correct!

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