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Pros: Runs a stable 4.2GHz right out of the box
Works with 2400MHz DDR3
APU Gaming impressive
Cons: CPU runs a bit hot at higher voltages - Recommend aftermarket cooler to Overclock past 4.2GHz
Other Thoughts: Purchased this APU to replace older socket 775 system.
Performance is fantastic, and so is gaming.
Running stock 3.8GHz, no OC on the APU, memory at stock values I've had these gaming results:
Diablo3 1920x1080 max setting with vsync on, shadows off, solid 60FPS
Starcraft 2 1920x1080 Ultra Textures, High everything else, vsync on, 40FPS
Crysis 2 1920x1080, Gamer settings, 20FPS (Tweaked to have all settings low or off, 30FPS)
I would expect improvements if I overclocked the APU to 1GHz.
Pros: Nice design, I always look for a card the exhausts outside my case. Fan speed is tolerable up to 80% while gaming, much better than my 4870. Card stays in the 40C's while gaming. Great overall performance, with OC, great price, and life warranty make this the best 4850 on the market. Best card for gaming 1280x1024, but will also game high FPS @1920x1080 on older titles.
Cons: CCC for Windows 7 not fully operational yet. Still some bugs to be worked out. Main complaint being no display resolution options tab in CCC menu, you can only change them through Windows 7 menu's.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Card arrived 4 days after ordering! Easy physical installation. Performs outstanding, maxed out every game I have gaming at 1280x1024. Fan is very effective at keeping the card cool. Ran Automated Overdrive OC tool, card reached 840/960 Stable @ 30% Fan speed!! 840 Core clock WOW...
Cons: The 8.11 Drivers package doesn't install properly with Vista SP1 x86. CCC works but I got the INF error when trying to install the display drivers.
Work around is to manually update drivers through device manager and browse to the c:\ati\support\8.11 folder to specify the location.
I believe this is an issue specific to Vista and the latest drivers, haven't heard of a ton of people having this issue.
Other Thoughts: Card has great cooling capabilities if you don't mind some noise. The stock 20% fan speed is fine idling 55-60C, but at load it reaches 100C easily. Adjusting the fan to 40% allows the load temps to stay between 60-65C, and doesn't boost the noise very much. Anything above 40% would disturb someone in the same room watching tv etc. I would suggest headphones if you want to keep this card in the 50C range, at 100% it's easily 40 dB.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: James C.
Date Joined: 11/23/08
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