Thursday, July 17th 2008

Sapphire Intros Toxic Radeon HD4850 and Radeon HD4850 1GB

Following the introduction of the highly acclaimed HD 4800 series, SAPPHIRE Technology, the leading manufacturer and worldwide supplier of AMD/ATI based graphics solutions is now shipping two new models of HD 4850 providing a further choice of price:performance points for the enthusiast.

The new SAPPHIRE HD 4850 1GB is a new version of the HD 4850 designed by SAPPHIRE for the user who demands more memory for specific applications like rendering. It offers similar overall performance to the standard model, with clock speeds of 625MHz (core) and 993MHz (memory).

Delivering higher performance to the enthusiast for only a small price premium over the standard model, the SAPPHIRE HD 4850 TOXIC Edition has been designed by SAPPHIRE to run significantly faster – shipping with core clock speeds of 675MHz and fitted with 512MB of high speed memory operating at 1100MHz. It also features a Zalman heatpipe fan, providing more efficient cooling - running at much lower temperatures than the standard design – as well as quieter operation and more headroom for performance tuning.

Both models use the PCI-Express Gen2 interface, and feature dual connectors for CrossFireX cables, allowing two or more cards to be used together on a CrossFireX compatible mainboard for even higher graphics performance. Both are based on the powerful new graphics architectures from the ATI division of AMD, incorporating 800 process units, improved memory management architecture and an upgraded hardware video decoder.

All SAPPHIRE graphics cards in the HD 4800 series incorporate the latest ATI Avivo HD Technology for enhanced Video display and feature a new generation built in hardware UVD (Unified Video decoder) considerably reducing CPU load and delivering smooth decoding of Blu-ray and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, as well as Mpeg files. In addition to two, dual-link DVI outputs, and TV-Out, a dedicated HDMI adaptor delivers both audio and video output on a single cable for direct connection to an HDMI ready display.

SAPPHIRE HD 4800 series graphics cards are Microsoft Windows Vista Premium certified and supported by the ATI Catalyst suite of software, ensuring customers have ongoing access to software updates for performance, stability and added features. Like the previous generation, these cards support DirectX10.1 for enhanced rendering performance and lighting effects.Source: Sapphire
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12 Comments on Sapphire Intros Toxic Radeon HD4850 and Radeon HD4850 1GB

#1

I hope the Toxic has higher volts or are some of the better yielding cores found in the 4870s' (For OC). I won't mind if it doesn't have either anyway, the aftermarket cooler is worth it, not as unique as the 3870 Toxic cooler though...
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btarunr
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I expect Toxic HD4870 to come with VC cooling, Atomic HD4870 with water-blocks. Or you never know, S-RV770XT could make it to Atomic HD4870.
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#3
mdm-adph
You know, I kinda like the powder blue. It's like a plastic retro-80's kinda thing.
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#4
Urbklr
Those clocks will give it a good boost. I found with my card, it takes to memory clocks very well! This is great for this card as it has a great memory clock, they should have went higher core thou, oh well.

Also, the baby blue card is still ugly:p...They should use the VF900 on both.
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#6
Urbklr
Yea, they should have went black and red....would have looked soooo much better. But, thats Sapphire, they use blue:p
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#7
tigger
I'm the only one
Are they still using the referance board design? The non referance boards always seem harder to mod.
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#8
Urbklr
by: tigger69
Are they still using the referance board design? The non referance boards always seem harder to mod.
They both use the reference board:)
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#9
Megasty
Blue = evil, what are they thinking with that fugli. Well atleast there's the Zalman to gawk at.
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#10
PCpraiser100
by: DavyGT
I hope the Toxic has higher volts or are some of the better yielding cores found in the 4870s' (For OC). I won't mind if it doesn't have either anyway, the aftermarket cooler is worth it, not as unique as the 3870 Toxic cooler though...
Ya, and after all, if it doesn't then what is the point of GDDR5?
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#11
Urbklr
by: PCpraiser100
Ya, and after all, if it doesn't then what is the point of GDDR5?
Huh?:confused:...We are talking about the 4850, GDDR5 makes a vast difference in the two card's performance.
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#12
Wshlist
I don't like companies that release OC editions, it means they bin the chips and their regular ones end up with all the tested-to-not-OC-well chips, so basically you HAVE to pay more to get a good OC rather than being able to get lucky buying a regular product :/
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