Product Type: Powercolor graphic cards
Newest Review: ... proves that ATI is the way to go. The card also has 512MB of video RAM, maybe a bad point for those who game at insane resolutions o... more
Max settings? Yes please.
Powercolor HD 4850
Member Name: conizme
Powercolor HD 4850
Advantages: Running games on max or near max settings, 512mb or 1gb of video memory.
Disadvantages: No HDMI port, No DirectX11 for newer games.
Now, this graphics card is getting on a bit now, and I may have had it for 2 or 3 years but it still never fails to impress me.
The HD 4850 from ATI will allow you to play most new releases on max or near max settings (depending on your CPU), which is extremely impressive for it's low price. Other graphics cards from nVidia, with similar performance capabilities may cost you up to £100 more, which really proves that ATI is the way to go.
The card also has 512MB of video RAM, maybe a bad point for those who game at insane resolutions or use more than 1 monitor, which I do neither of. I game at 1080p (1920x1080) which to be honest, IS a quite high resolution and this card doesn't even break a sweat. In other words, 512MB is enough for most people, and if that still isn't enough, there is also a 1GB version available for very little more.
Connectivity wise, this card does have one shortfall which is that it doesn't have a HDMI port. This means you won't be able to connect it directly to a TV using it, but you don't need it anyway as most HDTVs also have a PC port which allows you to connect a VGA cable from the graphics card (using the included DVI-VGA converter as this card does not have any VGA ports). Also, 1080p TVs still use a resolution of 1920x1080 which means you can be gaming in 1080p through your TV, just like you had a PS3 or Xbox 360.
This coupled with a 360 controller for your PC (read my review for it for more info) will make it feel like you are playing Xbox 360 games through your TV (also with the lower price of PC games it's a win-win situation).
A second disadvantage however is that this card does not support DirectX11, which most of the new games include, so if you are so adamant about having DirectX11, a HD5750/5770 would be a more suitable choice as these cards also feature superior performance but for a more expensive price tag.
Summary: Really amazing performance for a very cheap price.