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PowerColor AX4850 512MD3-HV3 Radeon HD 4850 V3 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • Radeon HD 4850
  • 512MB GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Stacey B.
  • 11/28/2012 11:07:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Was good for the price

Cons: Not too pleased with their support.

Other Thoughts: The card was great for about 2 months, then had all those crazy colored lines all up and down the display. Sent in the card, had it replaced, and the same thing happened not even 3 days later. upgraded to a radeon HD 6850 through sapphire, love it.

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  • John T.
  • 1/5/2011 9:41:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThis card is not CrossFire capable

Pros: The Radeon HD 4850 is a beast

Cons: Despite Powercolor's claims to the contrary, this card does not support CrossFire.

Other Thoughts: I bought a pair of these Powercolor AX4850 512MD3-HV3 cards for my new build with the intent of running them in CrossFire. There is no place to connect bridge cables on these cards; they are manufactured without the necessary connectors.
I called Powercolor and was told that these cards do not need bridge cables to run CrossFire. I was told that the cards communicate over the motherboards PCIe bus, known as "software" CrossFire. I verified that I have the newest mobo and ATI drivers and I installed the latest version of Catalyst Control Center but no luck. CCC reports that I need to install bridge cables before I can enable CrossFire with my cards.
I wrote technical support for my mobo (ASRock 870 Extreme3) and they state categorically that my mobo does not support bridge-less CrossFire. I wrote Powercolor asking for a list of compatible/tested mobos, but so far I have not received a response. Bottom line: if you want CrossFire then pay more and buy someone else's HD 4850.

Manufacturer Response:

We're working closely with motherboard manufacturers to make sure support is implemented (probably through a BIOS update) for Crossfire configurations that don't require a bridge. This card does support Crossfire, but unfortunately not all motherboard manufacturers have jumped on this wagon, but were working with them to try and get it there. Either way, feel free to e-mail me directly and I'll see what we can do. My e-mail is hugo@powercolor.com, thanks.

-Hugo

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  • Justin W.
  • 12/15/2010 3:51:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great.

Pros: Very fast for the money (got it for very cheap open box). Runs games max at my low resolutions. Only runs at 55 degrees when I'm gaming, too.

Cons: New ATI drivers don't seem to be working with it correctly, ATI Overdrive just resets whenever I change the values. Another OC app works, though. (I'd still like to use Overdrive).

Other Thoughts: Would buy again if I could get it for the same price, but I'd prefer a 5770.

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  • Sean s.
  • 11/8/2010 8:18:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for the price

Pros: Runs, does a good job on lower rez screens.

Cons: Hangs a bit on anything bigger than 1440x900

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  • Anastassia W.
  • 11/1/2010 7:15:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPowerColor is a joke.

Pros: Played most games well

Cons: Underclocked
No CrossFire connector
Runs way too hot
Fan is way too loud
Very poor and broken drivers
Nonexistent customer service

Other Thoughts: This video card was fantastic for the better part of the first year I had it. It could handle anything I threw at it with ease, and it was relatively quiet. Unfortunately, around February of this year it started acting weird.

I'd never previously had a video card die on me before, so I was perplexed when it started happening. I realized it was overheating, so I made sure air flow was good to it and no dust was hanging around the GPU. The fan had to stay at 100%, which made my computer sound like a darn jet engine. And even with this, I could only play Word of Warcraft (mostly) and Solitaire.

Crash after crash after crash after crash, some driver related, most heat related. Getting a hold of PowerColor has been a giant pain in the rear, and the one time we actually got an answer back from them it was with instructions to run the same tests I'd already run and detailed in my initial correspondence with them.

Don't but this card, it's awful, and PowerColor is an awful company.

Manufacturer Response:

I'm not sure who you contacted or where you went to try and find support, but we're pretty good about answering our customer's inquiries. On our website (powercolor.com) is our contact e-mail aswell as our contact phone number (909-468-5100). We're available Monday-Friday from 9-5:30PST. If you called during those times then you should have certainly gotten an answer from somebody. Please contact me and I'll help you with this issue directly. My e-mail is hugo@powercolor.com. Thanks.

-Hugo

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  • Marshall F.
  • 10/25/2010 9:59:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSo if it can do CrossFire - with out a connector - send the instructions to do it

Pros: PCI Express 2.0
*****SAYS:****** it supports CrossFireX

Cons: So it says it can support CrossFireX... lets just say I have tried the drivers from the disc that came with the card... the newest release of drivers from ATI's website... AND the drivers from PowerColor's Website for this card. None of them allow CrossFireX to run on this card with out having a CrossFireX Bridge plugged in. So... let me quote the manufacture response's for this card...

"I suggest doing a little more research before making your purchases. Not all cards that support Crossfire have Crossfire interconnects, nor have the need for Crossfire bridges. With that being said, you cannot Crossfire this card with a 4850 by another manufacturer. With other models it's possible that what you're trying to do will work, but not with this model. If you have any questions regarding this card or about Crossfire in general feel free to e-mail me and I'll be more than happy to help you. Thanks. Hugo@powercolor.com"

That is Manufacture response number one - below is number two:

Other Thoughts: "This card can be ran in Crossfire with another one of these cards. Unfortunately you cannot Crossfire this 4850 with a 4850 that requires the bridges to be connected. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me and I'll help you out. Hugo@powercolor.com, thanks.

-Hugo"

Both of those Manufacture responses are written by someone by the name of "Hugo" Seeing as I can't get CrossFire to run on this card I decide to go & email this guy to ask him to help me enable CrossFire to run with 2 of these cards & he sends me back a response which stated something I already knew (you need 2 of these exact cards to use CrossFire on them) I sent him back a response saying I already know that & I ask him if he can help me get CrossFire enabled.

He has yet to respond to me.

Yet he says if you need any further help or questions to email him & he would be glad to help you - right.

So far from what I can see - this card does NOT support CrossFire.

Even Hugo cant tell me how.

Manufacturer Response:

I'm in the process of getting this checked out. We've done internal tests and haven't ran into any issues in getting this card to work in Crossfire. It could be motherboard related or card related, that's what I'm getting figured out. Thanks.

-Hugo

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/22/2010 10:16:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDebating to RMA..

Pros: - It works
- Runs games somewhat
- The advertisement claimed it has Crossfire.

Cons: - It doesn't have Crossfire...... or the ribbon....
- Underclocked...
- Rebates S/N doesn't even fit on their site where your suppose to submit. so you can't even fill out your rebate form.
- One of the worst customer service ever.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this. Wastes your time, wastes your money.

Manufacturer Response:

This card can be ran in Crossfire with another one of these cards. Unfortunately you cannot Crossfire this 4850 with a 4850 that requires the bridges to be connected. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me and I'll help you out. Hugo@powercolor.com, thanks.

-Hugo

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  • David L.
  • 10/19/2010 7:07:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the price

Pros: Seems fast and is quite. It idles at 52 c in my system but does not seem to add much heat to the case since the fan sends it out the back.

Cons: Face plate needed to be realigned so the HD connector could be used and no power cord came with the unit. I had to go out and get one locally.

Other Thoughts: They should add the power cord and little better QC during assembly.

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  • Ken P.
  • 10/13/2010 10:10:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNO CROSSFIRE

Pros: Exellent price performance ratio very cool running card, and samaller than my old one.

Cons: THIS CARD HAS NO CROSSFIRE SUPPORT. MY ORIGINAL INTENTION WAS TO PURCHASE THIS CARD TO ADD IT IN WITH MY SAPPHIRE RADEON 4850, BUT NO DICE, NOT ONLY WAS THERE NO CORSSFIRE INTERCONNECT RIBBON WITH THIS PIECE OF JUNK, BUT THERE WAS NO PLACE TO PLUG THOSE RIBBONS IN. I WILL NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER POWERCOLOR COMPONENT AS LONG AS I LIVE, TOTALLY WORTHLESS COMPANY ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY FALSE ADVERTISE.

Other Thoughts: i have nothing against newegg, i have been shoppiung with them for years, and never had any issues, my entire business runs off of newegg, but powercolor has got to go, totally worthless to newegg's pristine image in my book.

Manufacturer Response:

I suggest doing a little more research before making your purchases. Not all cards that support Crossfire have Crossfire interconnects, nor have the need for Crossfire bridges. With that being said, you cannot Crossfire this card with a 4850 by another manufacturer. With other models it's possible that what you're trying to do will work, but not with this model. If you have any questions regarding this card or about Crossfire in general feel free to e-mail me and I'll be more than happy to help you. Thanks. Hugo@powercolor.com

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  • vincent b.
  • 10/13/2010 6:35:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsON THE FENCE

Pros: i have been thinking about getting this because its a 4850. the price is right. cooler looks like it will do a great job. Like that it does not need a video adapter.

Cons: the major con is the ram speed. its down clocked to 700mhz/1400mhz which is about 45Gb/sec.of memory bandwidth. that is a big drop from the standard 993/1986 @ 63.5gb/sec. i checked the specs out at powercolor site. other minor con would be no hardware cross-fire, just software. no x-fire link finger on the card. for some this won't matter.

Other Thoughts: its on special for 70 after rebate of 15 rebate. should still be a good value, but egg has had better 4850's on special for 80 bucks. If the card was a standard spec, i would be all over it. i wonder what the real difference in gaming performance is. could be minimal. probably still better than most cards that costs 85.

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