Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 2048 MB 115

Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 2048 MB Review

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The Card

The card is the longest video card we ever had in our labs. With a total length of 28.5 cm it is even longer than the HD 4870 X2 (left) and the GeForce GTX 280 (right). As expected a dual slot cooler is used to keep the card cool.

The card has four DVI ports which is an interesting output configuration. Each GPU drives two DVI outputs, which opens new market possibilities for this card. In case you need an analog VGA output, you can use a DVI adapter (included). To connect big digital TV screens you can use an HDMI adapter (also included). The HDCP output then features the usual HDCP+Audio, which allows easy setup of a media PC. AMD has integrated a Realtek 7.1 audio device inside the GPU which means that the sound card's HDMI output shows up as sound device in Windows. In my opinion this is an easier solution than on NVIDIA's cards where you have to route an audio cable from your motherboard to the VGA card. Compared to the previous HD 3000 Series' 5.1 audio, you are now able to output 7.1 audio.

Here are the front and the back of the card, high-res versions are also available (front, back). If you choose to use these images for voltmods etc, please include a link back to this site or let us post your article.
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