Published on 23rd January 2009 by
Originally Posted by remixme"Frankly, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 is too loud for a modern gaming system, driver support isnt where wed like it and the GeForce GTX 285 is too expensive."
I might still be blurry eyed this morning, but I don't understand the reference to the Geforce in this sentence?
Originally Posted by Phil RhodesSee, I might have looked for something like this, because I just sort-of-enjoyed a rather unsatisfactory play-through of Far Cry 2 on a system that wasn't quite up to it.
Unfortunately I remain confused, and at sea in a world of acronyms and abbreviations, most of which sound like the model number of a Camaro. Can we please have a rundown article on the general state of graphics cards, with a list of current model numbers and what they all mean?
Wot wun iz best?
Originally Posted by Phil RhodesYeah, that's fine, but I want to actually understand what all the numbers mean so I can make an informed decision.
The graphics card manufacturers appear to be deliberately obscuring the performance of their products behind a dense layer of largely fabricated jargon which has no technical meaning.
Originally Posted by lp1988just too bad with the noise, a diffrent cooler and some better driver support, and this would have forced Nvidia to lower prices once again, giving even more competition on the market.
Is it possible to see a bench for a 4850 (512) in crossfire? currently running one and would like to see how two of these compare to the competition as i am considering a upgrade with another 4850.
A 4850X2 (2 GB) gives a general idea, however it would be nice to see a dedicated bench.
Originally Posted by Johnny UtahI must say I`M DISSAPOINTED by this review because you`ve done it just a few days before the new driver release from ATI with official support for these video cards (Catalyst 9.1) ! Couldn`t you waited a little longer ?
Really unprofessional from my point of view !
Originally Posted by desidesThis is a pretty hyperbolic statement for a reviewer to make, IMO. Let's be fair here: the noise levels on the card aren't so terrible as to interfere during gaming. Yes, it's loud at idle, and the card should rightfully be panned for that, but I think the noise factor is being overstated.
The rest of your points, IMO, have less to do with the card and more to do with ATi's software developers. I can't see the justification in faulting the Sapphire for something beyond their control: they provide working drivers, they've done their part. There are better ways to state your case that ATi's driver policies need an overhaul than to pan a card in a review.
Again, the Catalyst 9.1s will support the 4850 X2. You have a point about having to wait three months, and ATi--not Sapphire--should be panned for the three month wait, but likewise you're ignoring the point that the 9.1s will support the 4850 X2 and as such the review should have waited until the release of those drivers. At the very least, the review should make mention of this.
Originally Posted by Gremlinon the topic of Catalyst 9.1 any idea on when they are actually going to release them?
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