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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 DirectX 10.1 100245HDMI 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Performance is unmatched for the price. 4850 still will play anything. It's not DX11 but I'd rather wait for faster DX11 cards to reach this price. Decent cooler. Sapphire is a good brand. HDMI out.

Cons: A little big but not huge. It fits in an mATX case no problem. It's not silent when playing games or viewing HD content but on idle it's quieter than my stock chassis fans. Dual-slot cooler is a tradeoff for one PCI slot for better cooling.

Other Thoughts: This card has lots of DOAs but I had three DOA cards in a row (not this one, others) over a period of three months with three different GPUs. It seems bad things do happen in threes. Props to Newegg for helping me with that...

PowerColor Radeon HD 4850 DirectX 10.1 AX4850 512MD3-PH 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: For the price, it is a good performing card. Runs very cool too, below 45C idle and below 75C full load. I noticed that the card underclocks itself depending on the load. Good news is that if you overclock, it will still go to those overclocked frequencies even with this feature. Very nice.

Cons: Powercolor forgot to run spell check on the instructions. But instructions are pretty unnecessary, these days it is put the card in and go. Fan noise moderate to loud but only on full load. With no 3D apps running it is very quiet. Not DX11. Still as much as a 4830 over a year ago. No adapters or CF bridges included.

Other Thoughts: One of these will run anything on high. Two of these will run anything.

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AA800
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's memory.

Cons: Higher stock timings than some other DDR2. Not free. Will be laughed at a few years from now, but so will everything else.

Other Thoughts: If you need more DDR2 memory and are not concerned about the timings then this is good RAM to go with. Good price and Crucial is a good brand. Surprised to see United States on the memory sticker.


Linda W.'s Profile

Display Name: Linda W.

Date Joined: 06/28/08

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/23/10
  • Last Review: 04/27/10
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