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- Sunday, June 21st, 2009 Like Share






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Moral Hazard Jun 22, 09
Nice review though somewhat narrow in focus, i.e., relative performance to OC 4770. However, the bar graphs are extremely hard to read and use. Perhaps you might consider grouping by resolution with each bar representing individual cards. Otherwise, the graph is only useful for comparing the card against itself, not helpful.
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Davedr Jun 22, 09
What is wrong with the temps on the 4850 Toxic? Mine idles at 38c and at load reaches 51c. Other review sites are consistent with my numbers.
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Player1 Jun 23, 09
The temps on the 4850 Toxic could be different from yours for a few reasons. The climate I live in could be much warmer, and the airflow of our cases could differ as well. They could also be different depending on the benches, and the fan speed.

I record those temps by running 3DMark 06 with a fan speed of 70%.(I realize there is a typo in the description, and I'll change that soon) I don't know why but after a few seconds the temps shot way up. This also happened to the card in a few of the benchmarks, such as Crysis, and UT3. In games like Enemy Territories, and and Devil May Cry 4, the temperatures were slightly lower.
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lolo Jun 23, 09
this reviews fails on so many levels

That 4850 has custom copper cooling, ram heatsinks, higher stock vcore + factory overclock! It is not a regular 4850.

so why dont you slap a better cooler on the 4770, add ram heatsinks, increase the vcore and see what happens? that 4770
could ran as fast a 4870! ? how do i know? because i have one.

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Player1 Jun 27, 09
quote lolo
That 4850 has custom copper cooling, ram heatsinks, higher stock vcore + factory overclock! It is not a regular 4850.
I believe I stated that in the article.

quote lolo
that 4770
could ran as fast a 4870
Now that I'm gonna have to call some BS to. For one thing I never stated which 4770 I was using. (Diamond's model BTW)It is very true that you can push the card further, because all I did was max it out in the CCC. However saying that a 4770 can run as fast as a 4870 is pushing it. If you're lucky and end up with a good chip you may be able to get the 4770 as fast as some 4870's, but that would be pushing it way further then it was intended to run. Something I'm sure most people wouldn't do. Also realize that the 4770 isn't the only card that can be overclocked. You could push a 4870 past anything a 4770 could achieve.

quote lolo
why dont you slap a better cooler on the 4770, add ram heatsinks, increase the vcore and see what happens?
If this happened then there would be no point in purchasing a 4850 at all. Something I'm sure ATI doesn't want to happen. This is one of the reason's the price of the 4770 went from $90 to $120 when it was released.
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