Sapphire HD 4850

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Noise and Cooling

Throughout all testing, the 4850 was very quiet indeed, I would even say approaching mulnaz. This was thanks to the onboard fan spinning incredibly slowly and as far as I could tell (no temperature monitoring software seemed to work) the temperature of the card was pretty high as a result. However, it didn’t crash once, even though the heatsink was incredibly hot to the touch.

Cost

For the Sapphire 4850 GPU, you’ll be looking at laying out around £110 which places it firmly in the mid-range pricing bracket, slightly dearer than nVidia’s current mid-range offering, the 9800GT.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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