XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB Video Card Review

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Bundle and Test Setup

XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB

I have not been able to figure out if XFX is trying to save money/going green using these small boxes, but it is a welcome change. I don’t know about you but I pack away all of the boxes that my hardware comes in, so taking up less space keeps me from drawing the ire of the little woman. The artwork on the box is very nice and clearly shows what model the card is. We can also see a label showing how much memory is on the card which is nearly as important as the model in some cases!

XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB

Our bundle consists of just a few things, a DVI-VGA adapter, RGB HDTV plug, and a molex to PCI-e adapter. The manual and driver CD follow the black theme here, and we also see a “Do not disturb, I’m gaming!” door hanger.

Test System

Diamond HD 4870 1GB


Intel Test Platform



Live Pricing


Intel Core i7 920


ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm


Kingston HyperX DDR3

Video Card

XFX Radeon HD 4850

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150GB


Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme

Power Supply

Corsair HX620

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

Our system was set up with a fresh install of Vista Ultimate 64 with SP1. All the latest chipset drivers were used for the motherboard, while CATALYST 9.8 was used for ATI video cards.

To ensure that we are getting very high performance, our i7 920 is overclocked to a full 4GHz (200×20). Memory is run at 1600MHz with 8-8-8-21 timings.

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