Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel i7 920 @ 3.8GHz (190MHz x 20)
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 3 X 2GB OCZ Technology PC-12800 DDR-3 8-8-8-24 (OCZ3G1600LV6GK)
Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1 64-Bit
Drivers: Catalyst 9.1
What we'll do today is have a look at how the PowerColor HD 4830 goes against the much loved HD 4850, but in this case it's a bit of a pimped out version from HIS which carries with it the IceQ4 cooling solution.
With the HD 4830 coming in at $89.99 U.S. Dollars from Newegg, it's anywhere from $50 to $60 cheaper than the HD 4850. While that might not sound like a lot for people who are buying GTX 295s, when you're talking about a $100 card it equates to a 50%+ price increase.
With that said, let's see not only how the PowerColor HD 4830 goes, but have a peek to see if it can pack some serious value with its aggressive price tag.
Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
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In our first test the HD 4850 has quite the lead on the HD 4830. But being a synthetic test, it's not the most important. We will have to see if the two cards sit closer together in a real world environment.
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