• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

Powercolor PCS HD 4850 512 MB

W1zzard

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 14, 2004
Messages
17,057 (3.44/day)
Likes
17,962
Processor Core i7-4790K
Memory 16 GB
Video Card(s) GTX 1080
Display(s) 30" 2560x1600 + 19" 1280x1024
Software Windows 7
#1
Powercolor's latest HD 4850 PCS graphics card is based on the AMD HD 4850 reference design but comes with an improved cooler and slightly increased core clocks. While the overclock makes only a small performance difference, the cooler substantially improves the product. Even under load the PCS 4850 is barely audible which makes it the quietest graphics card ever tested - of all performance classes.

Show full review
 
Last edited:

WarEagleAU

Bird of Prey
Joined
Jul 9, 2006
Messages
10,809 (2.59/day)
Likes
529
Location
Gurley, AL
System Name Boddha Getta Boddha Getta Bah!
Processor AMD FX 6100 @ 4.432Ghz @1.382
Motherboard ASUS M5A99X EVO AMD 990X AMD SB950
Cooling Custom Water. EK 240MM Kit, Supreme HSF - Runs 35C
Memory 2 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance White LP @ 1.35V
Video Card(s) XFX Radeon HD 6870 980/1100
Storage WD Caviar Black 1.0TB, WD Caviar Green 1.0TB, WD 160GB
Display(s) Asus VH222/S 22: (21.5" Viewable) 1920x1080p HDMI LCD Monitor
Case NZXT White Switch 810
Audio Device(s) Onboard Realtek 5.1
Power Supply NZXT Hale 90 Gold Cert 750W Modular PSU
Software Windows 8.1 Profession 64 Bit
#2
Excellent review as always W1zz. One thing I like about this is the cooler. Granted whatever cooling on the vrm and chips is substandard, its got an awesome cooler on top. Just the tip of the iceberg for the 4850, 1gb or 2gb flavors already :D
 

unclewebb

RealTemp Author
Joined
Jun 1, 2008
Messages
1,141 (0.33/day)
Likes
676
#3
This is the card I'm waiting for. I thought the Toxic was going to be the card for me until I saw your noise level tests. PowerColor have got this one right.

Do you know if you can increase the fan speed a little by editing a file like you can for other 4850 cards? I'd prefer keeping it below the high 80C range when gaming. It also might overclock a little better if it could be kept cooler with more fan speed.
 
Joined
May 19, 2007
Messages
7,662 (1.98/day)
Likes
536
Location
c:\programs\kitteh.exe
Processor C2Q6600 @ 1.6 GHz
Motherboard Anus PQ5
Cooling ACFPro
Memory GEiL2 x 1 GB PC2 6400
Video Card(s) MSi 4830 (RIP)
Storage Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320 GB Perpendicular Recording
Display(s) Dell 17'
Case El Cheepo
Audio Device(s) 7.1 Onboard
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Software MCE2K5
#4
Its quiet though, thats for sure.
 

W1zzard

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 14, 2004
Messages
17,057 (3.44/day)
Likes
17,962
Processor Core i7-4790K
Memory 16 GB
Video Card(s) GTX 1080
Display(s) 30" 2560x1600 + 19" 1280x1024
Software Windows 7
#5
This is the card I'm waiting for. I thought the Toxic was going to be the card for me until I saw your noise level tests. PowerColor have got this one right.

Do you know if you can increase the fan speed a little by editing a file like you can for other 4850 cards? I'd prefer keeping it below the high 80C range when gaming. It also might overclock a little better if it could be kept cooler with more fan speed.
yes you can edit the fan speeds in the bios with rbe
 

erocker

Senior Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 19, 2006
Messages
42,380 (10.17/day)
Likes
18,022
Processor Intel i7 8700k
Motherboard Gigabyte z370 AORUS Gaming 7
Cooling Water
Memory 16gb G.Skill 4000 MHz DDR4
Video Card(s) Evga GTX 1080
Storage 3 x Samsung Evo 850 500GB, 1 x 250GB, 2 x 2TB HDD
Display(s) Nixeus EDG27
Case Thermaltake X5
Power Supply Corsair HX1000i
Mouse Zowie EC1-B
Software Windows 10
#6
I really like this card. Thanks for the review W1zzard, it looks like I found another place to put a heatsink on the card! Didn't realize the memory uses a couple vrm's on the top of the card.:)
 

Zehnsucht

New Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2008
Messages
438 (0.13/day)
Likes
87
Location
Oslo, Norway
System Name Water
Processor Q9550 Stock
Motherboard Asus P5Q Pro
Cooling Noctua big ass cooler
Memory Corsair Dominator PC8500 4 GB
Video Card(s) Sapphire HD7950
Storage Velociraptor 300 GB, Samsung 500 GB, MyBook 300 GB
Display(s) 1: Eizo 23" LCD Foris FS2331-BK 2: Samsung 226BW
Case Cooler Master ATCS 840
Audio Device(s) Asus STX
Power Supply Corsair HX520
#8
Thank you W1zzard for putting relative performance/resolution!!!
 

coxon

New Member
Joined
May 26, 2008
Messages
3 (0.00/day)
Likes
0
Location
Germany
System Name Dangsudo
Processor X2 4000+ @ 2,6GHz (G1)
Motherboard ASRock NF7G-HDready
Cooling Thermalright HR-05 Sli
Memory 3GB DDR2 800 (G.Skill & Aeneon)
Video Card(s) EVGA 8800GS @ Modbios: 702/1620/999
Storage SP2504C
Audio Device(s) Audigy 2ZS
Power Supply Seasonic S12 380
#9
Hello.

Thanks for the review. But im missing the temperature. Is there no thermal diode on this card?

cox
 

W1zzard

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 14, 2004
Messages
17,057 (3.44/day)
Likes
17,962
Processor Core i7-4790K
Memory 16 GB
Video Card(s) GTX 1080
Display(s) 30" 2560x1600 + 19" 1280x1024
Software Windows 7
#10
Hello.

Thanks for the review. But im missing the temperature. Is there no thermal diode on this card?

cox
temps are there, please read the review again
 

coxon

New Member
Joined
May 26, 2008
Messages
3 (0.00/day)
Likes
0
Location
Germany
System Name Dangsudo
Processor X2 4000+ @ 2,6GHz (G1)
Motherboard ASRock NF7G-HDready
Cooling Thermalright HR-05 Sli
Memory 3GB DDR2 800 (G.Skill & Aeneon)
Video Card(s) EVGA 8800GS @ Modbios: 702/1620/999
Storage SP2504C
Audio Device(s) Audigy 2ZS
Power Supply Seasonic S12 380
#11
Oh, there were hidden in overclocking area. Something im not interested first time.

Thank you. :)
 

roadie

New Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2008
Messages
24 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
Location
London, UK
Processor Intel e7300 (3650Mhz)
Motherboard abit IP35
Cooling TRUE 120
Memory 4Gb OCZ Reaper X (1094Mhz)
Video Card(s) ATI 4770 (850/1000Mhz)
Storage CT64M225 as boot drive, 1 game drive, 1 storage drive
Display(s) Dell SP2208WFP
Case Antec Solo
Audio Device(s) Audigy 2
Power Supply Antec NeoHE 550W
Software Windows 7 x64
#12
Nice review, this card looks like one of the best in the 4850 range. Do you think there's any chance of getting the Gainward Golden Sample 4850 in for a review? It looks like a decent all round card:

Link
 

tigger

I'm the only one
Joined
Mar 20, 2006
Messages
10,476 (2.44/day)
Likes
1,673
System Name Black to the Core MKIV
Processor Intel I7 6700k
Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro Gaming socket 1151
Cooling NZXT Kraken X61 280mm radiator
Memory 2x8gb Corsair vengeance LPX 2400 DDR4
Video Card(s) XFX Radeon R9 290 4gb ddr5
Storage Patriot Blast 120gb ssd Boot and WD10EADX-22TDHB0 1TB Data
Display(s) Dell 2408WFP 24" 1920x1200
Case Nzxt IS 340
Audio Device(s) Asus xonar dsx pci-e
Power Supply Corsair CX750
Mouse Logitech G502
Software Win 10 Pro x64
#14
Is the gainward golden sample the same as the normal gainward 4850? Is it just the cooler that is differant?

Nice review w1zzard,i would like to see you review a gainward golden sample for the above reasons.


As far as i know,gainward is owned by palit.
 
Joined
Aug 22, 2007
Messages
3,170 (0.84/day)
Likes
527
Location
Florida, US
System Name bits and pieces
Processor Intel Xeon E3-1230V3
Motherboard Gigabyte H97
Cooling stock
Memory 16GB for now
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 970 SC
Storage 256GB SSD + 3x 2TB WDs (storage)
Display(s) 2x BENQ GW2250 + ViewSonic 24"
Case Cooler Master Centurion 5 :P
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium HD --- JBL 4412 Studio Monitors / Polk PSW505
Power Supply Antec 550W
Mouse Corsair M65 pro
Keyboard MS Sidewinder
Software Win 10 Pro x64
#15
lol puppy eyes
 
Joined
Jun 25, 2008
Messages
29 (0.01/day)
Likes
5
#16
Nice core OC, lousy memory... my stock Visiontek only does 685 core stable but hits 1100 easily on the memory even with voltage tweaks on the core and fan speed increases. I got mine at Fry's before the official launch so maybe the core yields are better now?
 

W1zzard

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 14, 2004
Messages
17,057 (3.44/day)
Likes
17,962
Processor Core i7-4790K
Memory 16 GB
Video Card(s) GTX 1080
Display(s) 30" 2560x1600 + 19" 1280x1024
Software Windows 7
#17
Hi W1zzard
I need PowerColor PCS HD4850 512M original BIOS, can you give it to me?
the bios is in the vga bios collection
 
Joined
Aug 16, 2007
Messages
7,181 (1.90/day)
Likes
720
#18
there is a 2gb version too and apparently it works good when the memory is oc'd

in Unreal tournament 3 i get 40-50fps with my 8800gt its not FAIR! 1280x1024 so its not even high res
 

Dctran

New Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2008
Messages
4 (0.00/day)
Likes
0
#19
the bios is in the vga bios collection
I have a HIS HD4850, I want flash BIOS to Powercolor PCS HD4850
But in the VGA BIOS collection
GPU Device Id: 0x1002 0x9442
TEST
Wekiva RV770 B50102 Board
(C) 1988-2005, ATI Technologies Inc.
ATOMBIOSBK-ATI VER011.004.000.003.029193
B3B50102.105
Clock State 0
Core Clk: 625.00 MHz
Memory Clk: 993.00 MHz
Voltage: VID1
Flags: Boot
Clock State 1
Core Clk: 500.00 MHz
Memory Clk: 750.00 MHz
Voltage: 1.046 V
Flags:
Clock State 2
Core Clk: 665.00 MHz
Memory Clk: 993.00 MHz
Voltage: VID1
Flags:
Clock State 3
Core Clk: 665.00 MHz
Memory Clk: 993.00 MHz
Voltage: VID1
Flags:
I worried this BIOS is a test version or bad BIOS
So I want PowerColor PCS HD4850 512M original BIOS
The BIOS in vga BIOS collection is original BIOS?
 

W1zzard

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 14, 2004
Messages
17,057 (3.44/day)
Likes
17,962
Processor Core i7-4790K
Memory 16 GB
Video Card(s) GTX 1080
Display(s) 30" 2560x1600 + 19" 1280x1024
Software Windows 7
#20
this is the bios that wason the card, yes it doesnt look like a production bios. i uploaded it myself so it does work with the card
 

Dctran

New Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2008
Messages
4 (0.00/day)
Likes
0
#21
this is the bios that wason the card, yes it doesnt look like a production bios. i uploaded it myself so it does work with the card
Thanks, I try flash this BIOS by WinFlash2.0.12 and I have a message "P/N mismatch"
 
Last edited:

W1zzard

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 14, 2004
Messages
17,057 (3.44/day)
Likes
17,962
Processor Core i7-4790K
Memory 16 GB
Video Card(s) GTX 1080
Display(s) 30" 2560x1600 + 19" 1280x1024
Software Windows 7
#22
use the -f parameter .. you can run winflash from a command prompt and it accepts the same command line parameters as atiflash for dos
 
Joined
Aug 22, 2007
Messages
3,170 (0.84/day)
Likes
527
Location
Florida, US
System Name bits and pieces
Processor Intel Xeon E3-1230V3
Motherboard Gigabyte H97
Cooling stock
Memory 16GB for now
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 970 SC
Storage 256GB SSD + 3x 2TB WDs (storage)
Display(s) 2x BENQ GW2250 + ViewSonic 24"
Case Cooler Master Centurion 5 :P
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium HD --- JBL 4412 Studio Monitors / Polk PSW505
Power Supply Antec 550W
Mouse Corsair M65 pro
Keyboard MS Sidewinder
Software Win 10 Pro x64
#24

W1zzard

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 14, 2004
Messages
17,057 (3.44/day)
Likes
17,962
Processor Core i7-4790K
Memory 16 GB
Video Card(s) GTX 1080
Display(s) 30" 2560x1600 + 19" 1280x1024
Software Windows 7
#25
atiflash -f -p 0 powercolorHD4850.bin