Feeds

Group Test: AMD Radeon HD 4000 series

From 4350 to 4830 - budget graphics cards galore

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Radeon HD 4830
The HD 4830 has 640 shaders with a core speed of 575MHz, and 512MB of 1800MHz GDDR 3 linked to a 256-bit memory controller. The reference design looks identical to a reference HD 4850 and the specification is so similar that both models have the same power figure, 110W, although the HD 4830 actually draws 15W-20W less than HD 4850.

In essence, the HD 4830 is four-fifths of the HD 4850 but it seems that AMD had last-minute thoughts about the specification of this model. Soon after review samples were sent out, there were emails galore stating that samples may have 560 shaders instead of the correct 640 and these emails were followed with Bios files to update the samples to the correct spec.

AMD Radeon HD 4830

HIS' HD4830: a bargain to be had?

To add to our woes GPU-Z didn’t recognise the HD 4830 and merely described it as an HD 4800, so it was tricky to get a clear idea about the internal workings of the chip.

By the time we’d finished updating Bios, our reference design and samples from HIS and Sapphire were essentially identical apart from the coolers, package and price. The HIS is both quieter and cheaper than the Sapphire, but we prefer the appearance and cooling of the reference design.

The performance of the HD 4830 is impressive when compared to the HD 4850 - provided you use 3DMark as your test. In Far Cry 2 the gap opens up but once again this appears to be a question of driver performance, so we’re going out on a limb to say that HD 4830 is good now and will be very good by Christmas.

The pricing of HD 4830 is up in the air as it was clearly meant to be a £99 product, but the dollar exchange rate has pushed it up to £110. Hunt around and you may well find a HIS HD 4830 for less than £90, but we suspect it will be ‘while stocks last’.

Radeon HD 4830
Reg Rating 85%
Price £110 Find the best online price

More Graphics Chips and Cards...


Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2

AMD Fusion for Gaming

Sapphire 4850 Toxic

Nvidia GeForce GTX 280

 

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.