Visiontek Radeon HD 4850 Pro Reviews
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"While we haven't had a long time to look at ATI's new Radeon HD 4850 series of cards what we have looked at in gaming performance is nothing short of amazing for a $200 card and from a company treading water only a year ago. ATI is resurgent and the 4850 is just the what the company needed and AMD especially. AMD's CPU division could use some of the ability to compete that ATI has shown lately badly but for now ATI is the shining star from AMD with excellent integrated graphics and chipsets and now easily the best performance on the market from a single slot card. Nothing really comes too close and it is good to see competition heating up again from Nvidia and ATI that was dormant for too long. Now the question is does Nvidia have something up their sleeve soon, were they hiding something in that 18 month wait for a follow up to the GeForce 8800 GTX more than the very expensive GTX 280? We shall see but for now the Radeon 4850 does a good job of emulating a GeForce 9800 GTX at an amazing price and we can't wait to see what the 4870 is able to offer up."
"With its 800 stream processors and 512 MB of GDDR3, the 4850 allows you to play games with the sort of high quality settings developers have in mind when they created it. ATI has really hit a home run here and I can't say enough positive things about. Even if you don't like ATI you have to be happy that they brought competition back. Don't believe me? Just look at the prices of the older 9800 GTX's out there. They have dropped dramtically in recent days, not to mention the rehashed 9800 GTX+. A card that owes its very creation to the ATI HD4850."
"Overall, there isn't all that much negative to say about the HD4850 -- the engineers at ATI really crafted a fine piece of work here, and they should be proud of themselves. This product must have succeeded in reaching all of their internal goals -- or possibly well surpassed them.
The VisionTek Radeon HD 4850 is lean, slick, and a stick of dynamite in a knife fight when up against the competition. Delivering a product to the market for $199 that packs this much punch is almost shockingly refreshing. If you read (or write) many hardware reviews, you might get a bit jaded after hearing how every new product comes out is this fast, or that fast, or this much faster than the last fast. But really, for the performance levels put out by this single-slot card, relatively speaking as new generations of video cards go, for $199 the HD4850 just inspires."
"The card has some nice features to it, like the solid state capacitors. The heat sink runs very quietly and kept the GPU core temperature cool, even after hours of testing. A case with good airflow is needed though, since the card does not exhaust to the exterior like some other designs; with poor airflow heat will build up in the case. For this level of card there aren't any noticeable cons that stick out."
"This card sells for around 200$ which a bit less than the high end cards and it still manages to perform almost aswell as the high end cards we compared it vs. It is fairly quiet for having a 40 mm fan and it still manages to keep the card cool and stable even during gaming sessions. Its got enough accessories with it for you to be able to run it as a HTPC card even though it lacks HDMI on the card. I don't think I have to say much more, I am more than satisfied and also suprised how well this card perform. I will for sure give it our recommendations."
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