The Other Stuff
Using the most simple method of overclocking you can possibly have, I popped open the Advanced Catalyst Control Centre and after unlocking the OC options, I hit auto tune and got back to writing this review. Coming back ten minutes later, It’d managed to take the Sapphire 4830 from 575MHZ on the core, and 900MHZ on the memory, to 690/1135 respectively which is a pretty impressive OC. It isn’t groundbreaking but it’s a nice percentage boost to the frequencies.
Unfortunately though during testing these settings did artifact somewhat, so further tweaking is definately required.
Noise wise the Sapphire isn’t the quietest card around, and we didn’t necessarily expect it to be since it’s rocking a single slot cooler on a relatively high end card. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being silent, and 10 being a jet engine, I’d give this a 4.
This card will set you back dead on, £100. This puts it about £25 behind that of the Sapphire 4850, and with the GTX 280 at it’s cheapest price of, ironically, £280 it’s a long way behind that.