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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.

Just as luck would have it, we managed to get a board for testing. The results: trading blows, the XFX-built GeForce 9800 GTX XXX and the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850 end up in a dead heat. Both cost the same, and both post roughly the same performance numbers. AMD scores a couple extra frames in Crysis, and nVidia takes it right back during Unreal Tournament 3.

Worried about running up the electric bill during this slugfest? During all these runs, our test bed fluctuated between 156 watts while idle to 241 watts under load with the HD 4850. The XXX broke a sweat keeping up with the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850, running about 20 Watts hotter both when idle and when playing Crysis.

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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