Product Type: Asus graphic cards
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Member Name: Natviclou
Advantages: Nice price for a competent graphics card. Easy to install.
Disadvantages: Not the best available.
Basically I fried my desktop computer by not having a surge protector, so with lessons learned (an upcoming surge protecter review is iminent), I set out to replaces all my smokey hardward.
I was initialy drawn to the Asus EAH4850/HTDI/512M as it was within my budget price range and met the requirement I needed to run my software. In the box there was a Manual, driver CD, component output cables, DVI-to-analog converter, DVI-to-HDMI converter, composite adaptor, crossfire cable as well as the card itself. Basically the crossfire cable allows you to us this with multimple graphic cards in the same machine, also becasue the card only takes up a single card slot means you can have more hardware in your machine in comparison to the more bulky cards. There are two DVI slots so you can hook up 2 moniters/projectors if you so wished and one can be convered to HDMI using the converter, which also supports 7.1 audio. I have found the image quality to be good and obviously even better using the HDMI adapter although this can only be as good as your moniter! Note: max resolution is 3840 x 2400 but for some reason CRT is lower at 2048 x 1536.
I have found that all my games work on medium graphic settings with this card and it has never overheated. The unit has an inbuilt fan which along with my internal pc fan has kept the whole thing ticking over nicely.
I didn't install this myself as I had an enginer fit it, but he didn't have any problems. All the drivers needed were included on the CD and this all installed nice quick and easy.
This isn't by any means the flashest card on the market and it is just over a year old, but for £150 you can have a competent graphics card which happily handles most games on the market in HD quality.
PCI Express 2.0 x16
Radeon HD 4850
800 Stream Processing Units
Effective Memory Clock
1986MHz (993 MHz DDR3)
1 x HDMI (via Adapter)
2 x DVI
HDTV / S-Video Out
2560 x 1600
Dual-Link DVI Supported
Certified for Windows Vista
2nd Generation 55nm GPU Solution
512 DDR3 Memory on board
3 years limited
3 years limited
Summary: For the price this is a good buy.
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