Gainward Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Graphics Card (Page 3)

| Sep 25, 2008 at 11:00 pm CDT
Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Gainward
The CardPulling the card out of the box, you can see it's a cooler that we haven't had a chance to look at before. In the middle sits a fan and underneath that we can see the aluminum fins along with the copper heatsink.
Gainward Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Graphics Card
We can see the G logo on the front of the card towards the top right corner, but apart from that there isn't a whole lot going on with the cooler. Poking out of the top we can see two copper heat pipes that help move the heat away from the core.
Gainward Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Graphics Card
Looking around the card, instead of the standard 6-pin PCI Express connector that we would normally find on a HD 4850, we find that just like Palits own brand, Gainward have opted to use an 8-pin connector. Fortunately they've been kind enough to include a convertor in the package, which is great in the event you don't have one available on your power supply.
Gainward Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Graphics Card
Towards the front we have the two Crossfire connectors that we're used to seeing which gives you the ability to run up to three of these cards together.
Gainward Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Graphics Card
The I/O side of things doesn't hold any surprises. Apart from the exhaust point at the top of the card we have a single TV Out connector located between two Dual-Link DVI connectors.SpecificationsBeing part of the Golden Samples series, the card does of course come overclocked out of the box. Gainward have increased the core from a boring 625MHz to an extremely healthy 700MHz. With 512MB of .8ns GDDR3 memory on hand, the stock memory clock has also been increased from 1986MHz DDR to 2200MHz DDR.With the package and card looked at, let's see just what kind of increase this massive overclock offers us when compared to a stock HD 4850.

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