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SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 substitute

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 17, 2008 4:20:11 AM

Jeff Atwood on coding horror recommends the "SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card" and the type of computer that he built is for the same purposes that I've built a computer. This card is not available anymore (at least not at newegg) so I'm looking for the closest substitute.

I know very little about hardware which is why I come here to ask you knowledgeable guys about what card would be the best substitute for this card.

I'll be using it on a development machine with a dual core 3.16Mhz Intel chip, 8Gb RAM, and Server 2008 OS x64 with a few x64 VM's on it.

October 17, 2008 7:08:50 PM

Thanks Avenger_K - appreciated - I've just placed an order. I'll let you know how it works out.
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October 17, 2008 11:42:49 PM

No problem. I've been eying that card myself, so any first-hand information you can relay to me would be great, thanks!
October 18, 2008 12:23:29 AM

I own it, great card and stays really cool (Haven't seen it break past even 60 C during 100% GPU situations). I kinda like the fact that it has a shorter custom PCB so it fits even in smaller cases, even though it doesn't really apply to me since I have a Nine Hundred.

Overall excellent card with pretty decent cooling, would pick up a second one if my board had a second PCI-E slot.
October 22, 2008 4:37:52 AM

So I got the card and installed it today. I'm struggling to install the driver. The software that comes with the card and the downloaded driver crash when I try to install it on Windows Server 2008 x64.