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GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850

"This is a review of Gainward Radeon HD 4850 which we are comparing to Sapphire Radeon HD 3870. The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 is a pixel shading powerhouse boasting 800 Unified Shaders compared to 320 with Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 which means that Gainward Radeon HD 4850 has 60% more shading power. However Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 is using powerful GDDR4 memory and Gainward Radeon HD 4850 is using slower GDDR3 memory. Another advantage for Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 is the 20% higher GPU speed compared to Gainward Radeon HD 4850. The benchmarks we will be using in this section are 3dmark 2006, Lightsmark and Shadermark."

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850


SYSTEM INFORMATION
VIDEO CARD GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v8.7
PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 X2 4200
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 1GB OCUK PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX v9.0c

3DMARK 2006

FINAL SCORE

GAINWARD RADEON HD 48508540
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 38708254

SHADER MODEL 2.0

GAINWARD RADEON HD 48503535
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 38703537

SHADER MODEL 3.0

GAINWARD RADEON HD 48504810
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 38704398

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 narrowly beats Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 by 4% overall. Using Shader Model 2.0 Gainward Radeon HD 4850 and Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 offered equal performance. However using the more advanced Shader Model 3.0 which features HDR and other advanced effects Gainward Radeon HD 4850 easily beat Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 by 9%."

3DMARK 2006 GAMES

RETURN TO PROXYCON

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485030
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387030

FIREFLY FOREST

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485030
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387030

CANYON FLIGHT

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485060
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387051

DEEP FREEZE

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485039
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387037

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "After the draw with Shader Model 2.0 it was not a surprise that Gainward Radeon HD 4850 and Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 offered equal performance with the first two SM2.0 game tests. However Gainward Radeon HD 4850 offered better Shader Model 3.0 performance compared to Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 and it shows with the last two game tests which Gainward Radeon HD 4850 wins by between 5% to 15%."

3DMARK 2006 FILL RATE

SINGLE-TEXTURING

GAINWARD RADEON HD 48507254
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 38706478

MULTI-TEXTURING

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485019562
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387012165

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 offers between 11% to 38% more Fill Rate compared to Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 which is very impressive."

3DMARK 2006 PIXEL SHADER

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850996
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870541

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 has 800 Pixel Shaders compared to the 320 with Sapphire Radeon HD 3870. The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 outperforms Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 by 46%."

LIGHTSMARK

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850231
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870115

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "Lightsmark is a benchmark using a next generation 3D engine. The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 shows it has the power by beating Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 by 50%."

SHADERMARK

SM3.0

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485047043
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387035004

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "Shadermark is a Pixel Shader benchmark and Gainward Radeon HD 4850 puts in a good 26% victory over Sapphire Radeon HD 3870."

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850

PAGE 1 GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850
PAGE 2 3DMARK 2006, LIGHTSMARK AND SHADERMARK
PAGE 3 GAMES BENCHMARKS AND FINAL RESULT

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