Joined on 08/13/03
This is mobility chip
Pros: - Cheap. Got it for 47 bucks after rebate. - Cool (46 idle, 70 load on my system) - Performance/Price is amazing
Cons: This is not a proper desktop 4850. First of all Windows recognizes this as Mobility Radeon HD 4850 (initially, since it becomes "Radeon HD 4800 Series" after installing CCC. Second, GPU-Z lists the GPU as M98 (instead of RV770 like it does with my ASUS 4850). M98 is the codename for Mobility 4850. This is not mentioned anywhere on the box. This tends to create driver issues. For example, I'm unable to use ATI Overdrive with the latest (11.2) Catalyst drivers. The sliders keep on resetting. However, if I use the drivers on disc Overdrive works fine. Unfortunately the drivers on that CD are based on Catalyst 10.6, and this is a frigging graphics card so using old drivers is a big no-no.
Overall Review: XFX website says this card is not HDCP compliant. Not sure how accurate that is, but if true it would make this card less attractive than other *proper* 4850s.
Good performance, but this is a double slot card.
Pros: - Decent performance. However, this is NOT meant to run Crysis with max graphics quality. ;) - Very low power consumption. 15W idle, 64W load. - Unlike the Newegg picture, the HSF uses a cross shaped metal bracket at the back of the card for better stability (instead of plain pins). - Top notch tech: DirectX 11, DirectCompute 5.0, OpenCL, UVD 3.
Cons: Unlike the Newegg picture, this one uses a dual slot bracket. This is a problem with Newegg, not the card. Newegg needs to update the product details. I could afford losing the extra slot, but others might not.
Overall Review: System specs: - Antec EA-380D Green 380W Power Supply - ASUS M4A88T-M LE Motherboard - AMD Athlon II X3 2.9 GHZ (Rana) CPU - CoolerMaster Elite 341 Case - Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue Hard Drive - Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHZ RAM
Pros: - Overabundance of overclocking options in BIOS - Managed to unlock the L3 cache on my Athlon X3 Rana, effectively making it a Phenom II X3 (4th core was defective, unfortunately) - Decent manual - Q-connector is so essential that makes you wonder why other mobo manufacturers don't use it - Decent integrated video (even though I currently use an HD6850, it's a nice backup video card) - System is stable!
Cons: Disabling the IDE controller in BIOS, also disables the PCI-Express x1 slot. I thought I had a defective PCI-E slot until I re-enabled the VIA VT6330 chip and my PCI-E card started functioning again. Kinda weird to tie the IDE controller to the PCI Express slot. And it's not just me since there are other people on the net having this exact issue. Sounds like a BIOS issue, but there is no way to let ASUS know. :(
Overall Review: - Sapphire Radeon HD 6850. - Athlon II X3 3.2GHz Rana -> Unlocked to Phenom II X3 Deneb - 4GB of Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 RAM - 500W Ultra PSU - Additional PCI-E USB 3.0 controller card.
Pros: This is actually a second review, but since I can't update my other one... - Fast and cheap (when I bought it, anyway) - Lifetime warranty (make sure you register)
Cons: As mentioned in the other review, this thing is a mobility chip (M98) clocked at desktop RV770 speeds. Spec wise, it's identical to the desktop version (Vampire Bloodlines at Max quality + 4x AA and 16x AF is smooth, for example). I just hate seeing Windows identify this as "Mobility Radeon 4800 Series". :( Another poster mentioned the high power requirement. He is correct. Make sure you have at least a 550W PSU. My 500W Antec Basiq has trouble getting this thing started. The card fan blows at full speed, there is no image on screen, and system doesn't boot (must try booting several times before succeeding, though once the PC boots there are no issues).
Overall Review: Placed order on March 3. Sent rebate documents on March 7. Received rebate check on April 27. That's plenty fast, as far as rebates go.
Compatible with Thinkpad T43p
Pros: Compatible. Speedy. Lifetime Warranty.
Overall Review: Installed and works great in my IBM Thinkpad T43p. Dual channel mode was enabled, but speeds defaulted at the PC2 4200 equivalent (not PC2 5300), since that's the hard upper limit in that particular Thinkpad model. Timings were 4-4-4-12 (however, they will be 5-5-5-15 if you run it at the PC2 5300 rated speeds). I also ran Memtest86+ for about an hour with no errors.
The perfect upgrade for G5 users
Pros: It's a G5 with more features!
Cons: Nothing significant
Overall Review: After using the Logitech G5 for over 3 years, I decided it was time for an upgrade. The only two possibilities from Logitech were the G9x and the G500. I decided to go with the latter since it includes all the advanced features of G9x, while retaining the perfect G5 shape. Honestly, I haven't noticed any difference in precision between this one and the G5, since both are extremely accurate. The G500 however, includes some features not found on the G5: - internal memory (for 1 profile, think) - dual mode scroll wheel (smooth and notched. Smooth mode is low friction rotation but useless for gaming.) - 2 extra buttons (2 extra buttons over the red G5, and 1 extra button over the blue G5) - full macro support (I don't know why this feature wasn't on the G5...) - higher DPI (5700 dpi, but I keep my max at 2000.) It feels exactly like the G5 when holding, and that's its strongest point IMO. The wheel is a little worse, as it's too sensitive (ie, sometimes you end up scrolling fo