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Sapphire HD 4850 TOXIC in Crossfire

By: Shawn Baker | AMD CrossFire Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 7, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Sapphire

The Card

 

With the package out of the way it's time to move onto the card. Of course, the first thing that stands out is the large copper cooler sitting on top of the core. Towards the back of the card we can also see another heatsink to cool some of the other warmer components that are present on the card.

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 TOXIC Edition

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 TOXIC Edition

 

It's also nice to see that Sapphire have taken the effort to include RAM sinks on the memory. While we're not sure how necessary they are, the inclusion of them makes the card look a bit more professional in the cooling department and it's certainly not going to affect the card in a negative way.

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 TOXIC Edition

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 TOXIC Edition

 

Looking around the card, we don't see anything else that really stands out. Towards the back of the card we have a single PCI Express power connector while across the top of the card we have our Crossfire connector. Fortunately this is one connector that we will be making use of today.

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 TOXIC Edition

 

The I/O side of things also paints a pretty standard picture with our two Dual-Link DVI connectors present along with a single TV-Out port sitting between the two. While the card does take up two slots, you only use one bracket in the case.

 

Specifications

 

As we mentioned, the TOXIC version of the HD 4850 is of course overclocked out of the box. Sapphire have taken the core from the stock 625MHz to 675MHz and the 512MB of GDDR3 memory also gets a bump from 1986MHz DDR to quite a healthy 2200MHz DDR.

 

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