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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 game benchmarks we will be using in this section are Crysis, Lost Planet, Supreme Commander Forged Alliance and World in Conflict."

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

CRYSIS

HIGH QUALITY

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485042
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387032

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "Crysis is a very demanding game which is very Pixel Shader intensive and should allow Gainward Radeon HD 4850 to show what it's 800 Pixel Shaders can do. The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 outperforms Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 by 24%."

LOST PLANET

HIGH QUALITY

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485074
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387061

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "Lost Planet is a fairly Shader intensive game which is why Gainward Radeon HD 4850 outperforms Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 by 18%."

SUPREME COMMANDER
FORGED ALLIANCE

HIGH QUALITY

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485051
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387040

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "Supreme Commander Forged Alliance is an intense strategy game involving a large number of units. The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 delivered smooth gameplay even at high quality settings. The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 outperforms Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 by 20%."

WORLD IN CONFLICT

HIGH QUALITY

GAINWARD RADEON HD 485059
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 387056

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "We have found that World in Conflict was usually processor limited so we were not surprised to see Gainward Radeon HD 4850 beat Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 by 5%."

FINAL RESULT

SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

GAMES BENCHMARKS

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850 SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 3870

COMMENT "The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 performed very well with all of the games we used for testing and always offered more performance than Sapphire Radeon HD 3870. The Gainward Radeon HD 4850 is a very powerful video card and we look forward to testing it in our new powerful system in a later review. Although Gainward Radeon HD 4850 did run hot with it reaching 65c after benchmarking it was always 100% stable. Even though Gainward Radeon HD 4850 is one of the most powerful video cards we have used it was also almost silent which is impressive. I can't recommend Gainward Radeon 4850 highly enough, Gainward Radeon HD 4850 is an excellent video card!"

GAINWARD RADEON HD 4850

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PAGE 2 3DMARK 2006, LIGHTSMARK AND SHADERMARK
PAGE 3 GAMES BENCHMARKS AND FINAL RESULT

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