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Pros: The term 'support' would probably mislabel this card as weak, or something for backup. It's probably a testament to both this card and the 770 chipset that, even after switching to this card after a failed superclock 770 model, I notice practically no difference in performance. OC'd or not, the card completely conquers any game at near max settings, 1080p, easily.
Instead, the real strength of the 'support' term comes from the fact that the card design is entirely shielded, and forces all hot air out of the back. Because of this, ALL hot air produced by this card is vented out of the computer tower, and what this means is that every other component you have in your computer - CPU, Hard Drive, etc - doesn't have to suffer higher temperatures when your GPU begins to wind up! If your CPU has a sensitive, near-limits overclock, or you have an SLI configuration, this is a perfect companion - in fact, it's that SLI possibility that's likely the origin of the 'Support' moniker. A standard-clock 770 with good shielding for helping out a beefier, overclocked 'main' card. (Granted, after using around 3 factory OC'd cards that all spectacularly failed in one way or another, I'm beginning to think that a standard-clock card really is more the way to go.)
Cons: Amusingly enough, the card's biggest strength is also its biggest weakness: its outer shell.
The boxy shell goes right up against the back plate of the card. Every other GPU I've ever used up to this point has been semi-open in this respect, which left some open room to clamp extra securing apparatus in place. Granted, I use a somewhat fancy tower case for my computer (Enermax Fulmo) so this form factor might not be a huge impact.
The cooling on this card is not stellar, probably because, again, of how enclosed the entire card is. Upon looking at its cover, it's probably pretty clear why, because its cooling is mostly consistent of a single stock card-like fan. As for actual values, The card idles at a very temperate 25-27C (Literally the temperature of a warm summer day.) Once it gets revved up, though, it will pretty consistently hit its default max temperature (79C) as play proceeds. It might be a bit nerve-wracking to be dwelling at this maximum for so long, but according to many other sources, the 770 chipset has been designed to take heat levels of up to 85-95C. Considering how quickly the card can heat up, though, I'd doubt it would do too well when Overclocking.
Pros: Big monitor with great resolution. It comes with ports for both DVI and HDMI, and does not seem to suffer from any ghosting issues, making it perfect for gaming applications.
Cons: The starting color adjustment of the monitor is very washed out. It took quite a bit of tooling around to get the colors adjusted right, but thankfully most of the tools you need to adjust the image are right on the bottom edge of the monitor. Still a bit odd that you need to play around with the goofy extraneous features of the monitor to get the image looking right.
Despite what the description says, I have not been able to get this monitor to run higher than 60hz in refresh rate. Sometimes, when running some fullscreen games, it also decides to set the refresh rate to 59hz for some odd reason. It took me a while to realize until I checked my Nvidia control panel after playing a game.
Pros: This card, despite its age, is well capable of running any game released in 2010-11, and depending on the title, sometimes a bit beyond (Loadout, for example, can be handled well by the 4850, despite having been released earlier this month.)
Heat has never been a problem for this card. The 4850 was apparently designed to take temperatures of up to 120C on stock-cooled cards, so any risk of overheating that this card might face is completely out the window, especially if your system cooling is good.
Probably the best part of the card is that its drivers are utterly solid. Well into its legacy age, the driver support for this line is completely stable - in fact, to the point that a large deal of older games likely were tested/designed around this card line. Because of this, the graphical quality offered by this card is very robust, with little to no artifacts or rendering aliasing you might see with some other, newer cards.
Cons: The biggest con is that it's utterly antiquated. It's right there in its specs: In a day and age where most games are based around Dx11, The 4850 can only handle up to Dx10. It's not a concern if you are more of a fan of last gen's gaming scene or just want to enjoy non-graphics intensive games (Civ 5, Starcraft II, Indie games, etc), but do not look to this card if you're planning to play something like CoD Ghosts or Saints Row IV. It just won't be able to handle. Games like SR III or Bioshock Infinite are likely the card's upper limits.
Having only 512 MB of VRAM means that the card really only reliably supports resolutions of around 1600x900 for gaming. It also has poor implications about support for features such as HD textures (It can only handle Skyrim at medium quality, for example.) The most likely cause of crashes on the 4850 is not due to overheating or hardware failure, but usually just because VRAM runs out - which is actually preferable, as the crashes involved usually are just CTDs instead of complete system failure or a sudden restart.
Running a 4850 can be a bit nerve-wracking if you're used to more conventional video card temperatures and are consciously tracking them. I haven't used specifically the Sapphire edition of this card model, but in my experience, whereas most other AMD models I used usually only peaked at temperatures around 60-80 C, The 4850 I had reached temperatures well in excess of 100 - at which point the fan will be at full blast and very noisy. Wear headphones, is all I can say. Still, somehow, even after 5 years of running, sometimes for hours on end with fans at full blast, my video card still hasn't given out. It's old, but I'll be darned if it isn't robust.
Other Thoughts: I mentioned it in passing on the Con side, but the 4850 I'm using isn't actually specifically this Sapphire model. To the best of my knowledge, it's a default ATI (now amd) built model that was included in a DELL studio desktop. To that end, the cooling in this model could very well be a lot more effective and quiet, though at a glance, the shape, size, color, and specs of the card do look identical to what I have - just the inclusion of a Sapphire logo brand.READ FULL REVIEW