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GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4850 GV-R485OC-1GH 1GB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: Comes from the factory @ 700MHz with a decent overclock (75MHz), but I am currently running stable at 775MHz. The Zalman HSF keeps the temp at a relatively cool 55C, which is absolutely fine in a graphics card. The memory doesn't have any sort of heat dissipation, but I still have it overclocked to 1050 MHz with no heat problems at all. I was lucky enough to get it for $85 with the $30 rebate, but I would still buy it at the current price.

Cons: Can't disable ATi PowerPlay from the Catalyst driver.

Other Thoughts: Not an issue with the card itself, but still a minor concern: ATi PowerPlayer auto-throttles the clock speed when switching from 2D to 3D environments. In some games (notably Borderlands) it causes unstable drivers and eventual crash after roughly 20 minutes. A fix for this is to get a 3rd party utility and manually clock the card (even stock clock speed if desired) thus disabling PowerPlay. ATi's Catalyst Control Center allows you to overclock but it will *not* disable PowerPlay.


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Display Name: Ann N.

Date Joined: 04/14/09

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