Yes ladies and gents, our much anticipated review of the HD4850 has FINALLY been released. 26 pages, two full pages dedicated to the installation and performance of the Arctic Cooling S1 Rev.2, more games than you can shake a stick at and all brought to you by Sapphire.
Great review so far (only part way though). Noticed a minor typo though "odd looking magna characters." (Page 8) It should be manga, but with all the reviews, you're doing a better job than I would. Lets hope we got more members from all these new reviews.
A question about the graphs. I noticed some have three resolutions side by side, while others have each resolution split up into a different graph and each one showed average and minimum FPS. Why switch between the two?
Multiple resolution graph:
Single resolution graph:
Project: Black and White i7 920 D0 | 3 x 2GB DDR3 | EVGA X58 SLI LE
XFX 4890 | Corsair HX750 | Corsair Obsidian
Last edited by CanadaRox; July 1, 2008 at 03:59 PM.
Nice review SKY, did you have a chance to try the Coolink GFXChilla on the card? I've got one sitting in a box just waiting to be installed, but I'm contemplating getting the S1 Rev instead, as long as it fits in my case. Wouldn't mind a comparison of the two coolers if you have time. Thanks!
In UTIII, ET: Quake Wars and Prey, there are issues with FRAPS at some resolutions. Basically, the game chugs down to minimal framerates during timedemo playback which it does not do in the game itself through those same areas. Unfortunately, the in-game benching tools used in these three games do no spit out a minimum frame rate. Only an average.
Perfect timing, I was just looking around in the forums and found this. Excellent review, tested every bit of it, hey and thanks for testing the Accelero cooler, at least we know it performs so well for a dirt-cheap cooler.
Just had 2 questions for you SKY please, first one is you put a 120mm fan on the accelero cooler, now can you run crossfire or does it cover the other slot too.
And lastly, any possibility you can test a 4850CF vs 4870CF, if possible. Thanks.
Another great review and it is perfect timing as I just got my card. Sadly we don't get the same bundle as yourselves and only get the Driver and 3DMark06 CD's, no USB sampler or Cyberlink Power DVD7 and DVD Suite, still I'm very happy with the product.