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Is the ati radeon hd 4850 a good video card

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 21, 2009 6:54:04 AM

I am putting together my new PC which i will be using for high end gaming and i was wondering if the ati radeon 4850 512mb graphics card will be sufficient to play all games and if not which cards do you recommend for around the same price thanks for the help.
a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2009 7:12:50 AM

It'll work great, though it depends on what your definition of "high end" is. It's an excellent midrange card, IMHO, although to get to truly high end, you'd need to go to something like a 4890, GTX 285, or one of the multi-GPU setups.
June 21, 2009 7:15:25 AM

well if you are playing at resolution of 1280x1024 or something like that, it will surely play anything....
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June 21, 2009 7:22:49 AM

what about the hd4870 is that a better card
a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2009 7:35:09 AM

20-30%, depending
June 21, 2009 7:38:39 AM

It would be helpful for you to give us your budget so we can better advise you.
June 21, 2009 7:40:29 AM

but the 4850 will still play most games right? my budget is around
$200-$300 New Zealand
June 21, 2009 7:43:29 AM

the 4850 can ''play'' every game it just depends on what res, details ur playing it on. imo the 4850 is a great card for its price for gaming around 1650x1050 . not higher tho. if you plan to play on higher resolution go for 4890- or gtx275 or higher like the dual cards.
June 21, 2009 8:01:33 AM

what resolution does the hd4870 have?
a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2009 8:06:37 AM

Both the 4850 and 4870 will go up to 2560x1600 (assuming the monitor supports it). However, the 4870 will work better at higher resolutions like 1920x1200 and up (especially the 1GB version).
June 21, 2009 8:13:37 AM

thanks for all the help i think i will go with the 4850 for now and one day i will upgrade to the 4890 thanks again. does the 4850 come in 1024mb ?
a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2009 8:19:42 AM

The higher the res, the higher the demand on the gfx card, as it has to fill all those pixels at a decent rate to keep up, without showing lagging or worse, slide show effect.
June 21, 2009 8:32:01 AM

i forgot to ask is the sapphire hd4850 good or should i just get the ati radeon hd4850?
a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2009 8:39:16 AM

sapphire is ATIs main brand, theyre good
June 21, 2009 8:50:55 AM

which is better his 4850 or sapphire 4850 or are the evenly matched
a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2009 9:04:42 AM

If you stick with the reference design, it wont matter, other than customer service and warranties etc
June 21, 2009 9:08:00 AM

thanks for all the help!!! feel free to keep commenting
September 16, 2009 9:04:14 AM

Kind of late, but I have a Sapphire 4850.

-On Newegg it's been discontinued, anyone know why?

-Also after reformatting my computer, and installing the latest catalyst drivers for windows xp, the graphics resemble on-board graphics. Can anyone help with this?

* Also to mention, I don't have a true monitor. I'm using a 22" tv that supports 1080i and below. I've upgraded to a monitor just waiting on it now. *

asus p5q pro
4gb mushkin dual channel ram
500w antec neopower psu