Sapphire Radeon HD4850 Toxic
Installation of the Toxic was straight forward, or as straight forward as any other videocard. The card fits into any PCI-Express x16 slot (or x32 if you can find a board that actually has one). The card is secured with a screw in the PCI bracket, and a PCI-Express 6-pin power connector plugs in the back.
The Zalman GPU cooler does pose a small threat to some installations, as the cooler itself turns the card in to a two-slot card instead of a single. Additionally, the heatsink extends higher then the card itself, so the card may not fit in some smaller cases.
After the card is secure in the case, the latest Catalyst drivers can be installed. At the time of this writing, the current driver version if Catalyst 8.8. After the drivers are installed and working, installation is complete.
I'll be using the same system I've used in previous videocard reviews, and the system will be running both Windows Vista Business 64-bit with Service Pack 1 and Gentoo Linux 2008.0 64-bit. I'll look at some of the latest games in Windows, and look at a few similar benchmarks in Linux including results from the Phoronix Test Suite.
|Processor||AMD Phenom 9500|
|Motherboard||Sapphire PI-AM2RS780G 780G|
|RAM||2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Certified|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD4850 Tocix|
|CPU Cooling||Scythe Katana II|
|Hard Drive||Excelstor 250GB SATA2|
|Power Supply||Antec SmartPower 500W Modular PSU|
|Operating System||Windows Vista Business SP1 64-bit / Gentoo 2008.0 64-bit|
That said, I'll be able to compare the Radeon HD4850 Toxic directly against videocards I've reviewed previously. Let's get started with the Windows benchmarks. I'll be looking at performance in Cinebench, 3dMark06 and Vantage, Unreal Tournament 2004, Unreal Tournament 3, Crysis, Quake 4, and Half-Life 2.
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