PowerColor Radeon HD 4850 2GB Tested
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Guru3D has just tested the PowerColor PowerColor Radeon HD 4850 2GB graphics card.
Heres what they had to say:
What PowerColor is trying to do with releasing a product like this is to create a marketing opportunity. It's something new, something different. And honestly, I seriously like that. Unfortunately doing something creative, doesn't necessarily mean that it'll work. As our tests have shown, quadrupling the framebufffer size pretty much does nothing in terms of additional performance. Now, there are certainly several situation where the 2GB framebuffer could make a difference, and they are extremely high anti-aliasing modes. The downside here is, with a Radeon HD 4850 you have, though a very good one, a mainstream product in your hands that is just not powerful enough to manage hefty AA solutions and resolutions. So that's a bit of an enigma. The irony here is that with 2 GB memory, the memory clock frequency had to be lowered, making the product marginally slower than the regular 4850 product.
Good concept, good execution, but regrettably the performance gains just arent there. Will the Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB better utilize the extra memory? We shall see!
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