Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 - Budget Overclocking

ET:Quake Wars, GRID & UT3 Results

ET:Quake Wars
 
ET:Quake Wars is a follow-up game to Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory developed by Splash Technology. Using a modified version of id Software's Doom 3 engine along with Mega rendering technology, the game promises high resolution textures, fast gameplay and plenty of explosions. Using the built-in recordNetDemo and timeNetDemo commands, we recorded a 5 minute online gaming session and played it back a total of 5 times at each resolution, calculating the average FPS from the median three results.
 
ET:Quake Wars Results
 
ET:Quake Wars CPF Results
 
With both the 4830 and 4850 at stock settings, the 4850 has a clear 10FPS advantage across the entire resolution range. However, yet again when we apply our overclock to the 4830, it pushes the card ahead of its bigger brother in both the FPS and CPF results, showing the card to be amazing value for money.
 
 
Racedriver GRID

Race Driver: Grid is a visually taxing game that presents a challenge to any graphics system. Results were recorded using FRAPS to log the average FPS over a 2 minute race. To ensure consistency, the same track, car and general path of travel was used in each of the 5 benchmark runs for each graphics card, with an average FPS being calculated from the median three results.
 
GRID Results
 
GRID CPF Results
 
GRID brings the 9500GT to its knees once again, with a maximum FPS of 13.05 at 1440x900. At resolutions higher than this the game was completely unplayable (even the menu system was laggy) and no results were recorded. However, on the red side of the fence, both the 4830 and 4850 manage to muster more than acceptable framerates for smooth gameplay.
 
 
Unreal Tournament 3

Unreal Tournament 3 the latest game in the long running Unreal series from Epic Games and Midway. The game uses the latest UE3, which combines fast gameplay along with high quality textures and lighting effects. All benchmarks were performed using UTbench with a fly-by of the DM-BioHazard map. As usual, all benchmarks were performed 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
 
UT3 Results
 
UT3 CPF Results
 
Once again the 4830 and 4850 leave the 9500GT in the dust, churning out 2x higher FPS results across all resolutions. At stock settings the 4850 offers slightly higher FPS than the 4830, while the 4830 comes out as slightly better value in our CPF results. This is further reinforced once the overclock is applied to the 4830, with the card costing less than £1 per FPS even at 1900x1200.
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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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