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Sapphire HD 4850 X2 review

£208.68 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sapphire

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The ATI HD 4850 X2 isn't the newest card on the market, but if you're shopping nearer to the higher end of price levels, the 2GB DDR3 RAM Sapphire HD 4850 X2 really ought to be under consideration.

The ATI HD 4850 X2 isn't the newest card on the market, but if you're shopping nearer to the higher end of price levels, the 2GB DDR3 RAM Sapphire HD 4850 X2 really ought to be under consideration.

Not a card that has received an awful lot of publicity, the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 is nonetheless a power-packed little number that gives the newer and supposedly more illustrious GeForce GTX 285 a good run for its money. It's an impressive card once out of the box, and its quartet of DVI connectors and pair of (surprisingly loud) fans hint at the power inside.

Slightly irritatingly, the pair of power connectors includes one of the more awkward 8-pin sockets alongside the usual 6-pin - make sure your PSU supports 8-pin connectors before you buy the Sapphire HD 4850 X2.

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As in the case of the 4870 X2, the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 consists of two 4850 chips. Sapphire has matched them up with some strong speeds. The Sapphire's core clock speed is identical to the 625MHz notched up by the standalone Gigabyte HD 4850, while the memory clock of 993MHz exceeds the Gigabyte's by 33MHz. Like the 4870 X2, the 4850 uses two 256-bit memory interfaces, while two lots of 800 stream processors make for some potentially exciting visuals.

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Like other Radeon cards, the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 has support for DirectX 10.1, although it doesn't share the rather nice PhysX and CUDA features offered in exchange by the nVidia cards.

But such concerns become fairly trivial when you look at the raw speed of the Sapphire HD 4850 X2. It's every bit as fast as (and quite frequently a few frames ahead of) the GTX 285, despite costing a good deal less - almost £50 is the difference. We've reviewed the 2GB version of the 4850 X2, although the 1GB version is also quite nice and, at around £30 less, even better value for money.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

Sapphire HD 4850 X2 Expert Verdict »
2 x ATI Radeon HD 4850
2GB GDDR3
625MHz core clock
993MHz memory clock (1986MHz DDR effective)
400MHz Ramdac
2 x 256-bit memory interface
2 x 800 stream processors
PCI-E interface
1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin power connectors
TV out
DirectX 10.1
4 x DVI
2-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Very noisy but thunderously fast, the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 is a great alternative to the distinctly pricey GTX 285. It doesn't offer the same sizzling value for money as the 4890, but if you want that bit of extra fizz to your games, the 4850 X2 is a very good deal while it's lasting – it can't have very long left on the shelves, so you may need to jump onboard fairly quickly.

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