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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark06]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Crysis]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP]
- Page 16 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Final Thoughts]
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