HIS and Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Face Off - HotHardware

HIS and Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Face Off

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Half Life 2: Episode 2
DirectX9 Gaming Performance

Half Life 2:
Episode 2

Thanks to the dedication of hardcore PC gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life was one of the most successful first person shooters of all time. And courtesy of an updated game engine, gorgeous visuals, and intelligent weapon and level designs, Half Life 2 became just as popular.  Episode 2 - the most recent addition to the franchise - offers a number of visual enhancements including better looking transparent texture anti-aliasing. These tests were run at resolutions of 1280 x 1024 and 1600 x 1200 with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.  Color correction and HDR rendering were also enabled in the game engine as well.  We used a custom recorded timedemo to benchmark all cards for these tests.


Sapphire and HIS' Radeon 4850s went toe-to-toe with each other, and with the GeForce 9800 GTX+ as well.  And while they couldn't keep up with the faster HD 4870, they did mop up the rest of the compeition from NVIDIA, including the 8800 GTS 512 and an overclocked 8800 GT.

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As I've said so many times that it bores even me:  The only thing turning some of us off to ATI is the poor performance of their drivers under Linux.  If their cards, today, performed with the same respective performance under Linux as they do under Windows, I would buy one for my next system.

I can't really blame them for not concentrating on this small marketspace; I can only say that this small marketspace recognizes their concentration.

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Uh you people do realize you can get overclocked 9800gtx+'s cheaper than the 4850s you reviewed. Neither of those 4850s are below 200 bucks, and what is an even more slap in the face, the Asus ultimate 9800GT is between the GTX and the GTX+ performance wise and it sells for $149. Im glad to see the HIS cooler, and if i got ATI i would go for them specifically because of that, but for another $40 you could have a stock 4870.

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