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AMD ATI Palit HD 4850 review

From around £130 inc VAT

Manufacturer: AMD

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

AMD's plan for the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850? Create an easily scalable GPU that can stack up on a single card, so if you need more horsepower, you have an affordable upgrade path.

AMD's plan for the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850? Create an easily scalable GPU that can stack up on a single card, so if you need more horsepower, you have an affordable upgrade path.

Think of the ongoing battle between nVidia and AMD as one painfully long prize fight to see who can deliver the better graphics processing unit (GPU).

In the last round, nVidia delivered a series of 8800-based haymakers that AMD only now is recovering from. And while nVidia continues to swing hard with its GTX 200-series cards, the spunky ATI Radeon HD 4000 boards deliver a gut punch in the form of solid performance at lower price points.

The latest in the HD 4000 line - the 512MB AMD ATI Palit HD 4850 - is currently in our Test Centre, and is an elegantly designed, single-slot board that already looks to have top marks in the sub-£150 class.

AMD's plan for the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850: create an easily scalable GPU that can stack up on a single card, so if you need more horsepower, you have an affordable upgrade path. With GPU upgrades, you can either buy multiple cards, go the route of high-powered dual-slot solutions - or take the hard-core gamer route and do both, blowing a small fortune in the process.

AMD, though, is banking on mainstream users who hesitate to drop more than £200 on a discrete graphics board. So who is coming out on top? It's the classic standoff of brawn versus grace. Let's go to the tale of the tape.

NEXT PAGE: the battle beyond graphics > >

See also:

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 review

Index:


  1. AMD ATI Palit HD 4850 review
  2. The battle beyond the graphics
  3. The numbers game
  4. AMD vs nVidia, in the Test Centre

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AMD ATI Palit HD 4850 Expert Verdict »
800 stream processing cores (identical to the ATI Radeon HD 4870)
stock GPU core clock speed of 625MHz
512 MB of GDDR3 memory rated at 2 gigabits/second
single-slot PCI Express 2.0 configuration with a maximum board power of 110 watts
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

AMD manages to score solid hits with the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850, but ultimately the contest with nVidia is still too close to call. And so the fight goes yet another round.

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