Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 - Budget Overclocking

Call of Duty 4 & Crysis Results

Call Of Duty 4
 
Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions along with fast game play. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10-minute long game play demo was recorded and replayed on each of the GPU's using the /timedemo command a total of 5 times. The highest and lowest FPS results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
 
CoD4 Results
 
CoD4 CPF Results
 
Moving on to the first of our "real world" gaming benchmarks, and we can see that despite the heavy overclock we applied to the HD4830, the HD4850 still manages to come out top of the charts, albeit by only a couple of FPS. However, once we move these results over to our CPF chart and combine them with the cost of each of the cards, it's clear to see that the 4830 with an overclock applied offers the best value for money.
 
 
Crysis
 
Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
 
Crysis Results
 
Crysis CPF Results
 
Crysis flips the results back in favour of the overclocked 4830, with the card managing to just about beat its bigger brother at all resolutions. The 9500GT puts out some laughable results, not even managing to hit 1FPS when running at 1900x1200. This makes for some very weird results on the CPF graph, with the 9500GT shooting straight off the top. Both the HD4830 at stock and overclocked offer the best performance per pound, with the HD 4850 not too far behind.
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Most Recent Comments

18-11-2008, 11:09:23

nepas
nice review Jim.This looks to be a killer little card as there is some very interesting benches regarding these things in cross-fire(they beat "green teams" best cards on one or two games.

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=16300&page=5Quote

18-11-2008, 17:38:23

Hassan
Not my 'cup of tea' Quote

18-11-2008, 20:38:43

llwyd
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Hassan'
Not my 'cup of tea'
Care to explain why?

Nice review jimbo. Think im going to grab something like this just to tide me over for a while. Next on the cards is something like this and fallout 3 Quote

19-11-2008, 06:21:35

!TIMMY!
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='nepas'
nice review Jim.This looks to be a killer little card as there is some very interesting benches regarding these things in cross-fire(they beat "green teams" best cards on one or two games.

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=16300&page=5
I read that and I am temped to replace my 8800GT with one of these with a view to get another in the future.Quote

19-11-2008, 07:37:33

Rastalovich
It's a good comparison, but I do have to point out a few flaws.

The 9500GT has to have been included as a joke. Anything nVidia release below a x600 can only be perceived as a multimedia/desktop card (even tho ALL gfxcards promote themselves as "great gaming performer" - that's shtick). It's always been the case with the x400, x200 etc. Hence they're around or below £50. Now if u did a pureHD comparison also, that'd be different perhaps.

I have a 8400 in a media pc, and have no expectations of benching it against a 8600.

If u popped in a 9600GT, as nVidia's base expectation for proper game playing, then we could perhaps be more serious. The costing ofc would be that much different, but also would be the performance.

It is great that the 4830 can push it's elder brothers when it's oc'd, but what bothers me in the comparisons is that if u bought the brother - u'd most probably oc that too. Tricky.

For £100, I don't know about the validity of getting this card tbh. It's not something I'd promote.Quote
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