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Which non-reference 4850 card do you think is better?

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September 6, 2008 5:02:59 AM

Hi guys!

I need you inputs in making a decision.

My old 8800 GTS 320Mb gave up on me and I'm planning to replace it with something within budget and found these 2 non-ref cards:

Sapphire's Toxic which runs at 675 MHz / 2200 Mhz

Palit's Sonic which runs at 685 Mhz / 2000 Mhz

Thanks in advance!

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a c 169 U Graphics card
September 6, 2008 5:39:52 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums mate :) 

I would go for SAPPHIRE because its the best ATI brand IMO.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2008 5:44:12 AM

I'd be more concerned with the price that you can get them for. HD4850s with non reference cooling are available at newegg for $140 and $150, i'd have to see the prices those were going for.
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September 6, 2008 6:47:13 AM

The HIS one with the badass looking IceQ4 cooler with the ripoff Fantastic Four logo is $214, and youre gonna see temps at least 15c lower than the crappy single slot reference cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... out of sale unfortunately.

But between the two you linked, I would say the Sapphire despite insufficent cooling on the memory. If I could see more views/pics of the palit one..
September 6, 2008 8:13:07 AM

IMO go for the Palit. It has a far better cooling system. There are two companies who are not very well known in North America, Palit and Zotac. Save some coin and get the palit. Both companies just rock and are just making their way into the NA market now.
September 6, 2008 8:20:14 AM

PALIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i got a 7600GS AGP SONIC and it overclocked 50% on the stock fan (which unfortunately i cant even speed up -_-)
September 6, 2008 8:59:43 AM

go with Palit because of better gpu overclock.
September 6, 2008 9:45:25 AM

+1 to Palit
but would prefer to get HIS ICEQ 4 Turbo edition or the TURBO X
in Australia there only about $2-30 au more expensive
September 6, 2008 9:58:15 AM

palit puts time and thought into its cooling systems and their products are of very high quality... i am actually pretty new to the overclocking and system building scene being only 13 years old, but i did learn a lot in like a month of tomshardware :)  my first custom built system that im using now has a palit in it and WOW.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2008 10:40:53 AM

both r straight up good, but i would go with the one that offers better warranty so if something were to happen (god forbid) u dont need to worry.
=]
Best of Luck.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2008 1:04:01 PM

Did any ATI card came out actually? XD

I mean the BBA (built by ati) cards.

Anyway, i only know Sapphire (so so cooling solutions) first hand and Powercolor (my Radeon 8500, no issues, but i was a n00b back then, lol). Also there's XFX, wich is cheap, but it's coolers suck big time.

Esop! XD
September 6, 2008 4:24:17 PM

Hi guys!

Thanks for replying!

I'll settle for Palit then. Well, to be honest, I was actually leaning towards them to begin with but was waiting if you can share your experiences with these specific cards. I like their approach better when it comes to cooling the 4850 (compared to Sapphire's). I forgot to post the pictues on the original post though :na: 

Where I am at, the difference between this 4850 and a ref 4870 is $80-100 US. :o  (I cannot afford that much ATM :na:  )

Again, thanks!
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