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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI Radeon HD 4850 Video Card R4850-512M
Radeon HD 4850 Features
R4850-512M Specifications
Closer Look: MSI 4850
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Lightsmark Frame Rates
Unreal Tournament 3
World in Conflict Benchmarks
Radeon 4850 Power Consumption
Radeon 4800-Series Final Thoughts
MSI Radeon 4850 Conclusion

MSI Radeon HD 4850

Price to performance, the Radeon HD 4850 could rightfully be considered one of the most popular video cards of all time. It's hard to imagine that ATI would have every succeeded against the green machine at a time when many were expecting the end of AMD/ATI. I imagine that it's only fair, since NVIDIA has been polishing the crown for many years now. But after they enjoyed the sweet thrill of victory with their GeForce GTX 280 launch, ATI came around to deliver an affordable graphics solution to gamers and video editors with their latest Radeon HD 4800 series graphics processor.

MSI takes what ATI started, and clean up a few rough edges. There's no doubting the performance potential of any Radeon HD 4850, but taming the beast within has been another story. All too often the industry produces a product a little too hot to handle, and the RV770 GPU is one fine example. Plagued with high heat output, it takes the daring minds at MSI to calm fire with ice. Benchmark Reviews has already tested the high-performance cooling options dedicated to the Radeon HD 4870: Sapphire has their Toxic and Palit has their Sonic, but it seems that the big names have overlooked the warm-blooded 4850. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the MSI Radeon HD 4850 video card R4850-512M SKU- MS-V803-285.


MSI has held an interest in graphics for several years, but it's been enthusiast and overclocker motherboards that make up their popular product lines. ATI offers some of the most impressive graphics products available, and the new Radeon HD 4850 is no different. Although it still uses GDDR3 clocked at 993 (1986 MHz DDR), unlike the 4870 version that is decked out with GDDR5, the MSI R4850-512M model offers 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) on its 625 MHz 800-core RV770 GPU. Benchmark Reviews plans to test the MSI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card against it's closest competition, and even compares CrossFireX performance in this performance review.

The ATI Radeon HD 4850 GPU brings the power of graphics to gamers, setting a new standard for visual computing. Redefine the way you play and take HD gaming to the extreme with best-in-class performance. The new TeraScale graphics engine delivers an immersive, cinematic gaming experience. Add this GPU to your PC and watch Blu-ray movies and play HD content with incredible visual fidelity. Do it all with break-through efficiency that doesn't compromise performance.

About the company: Micro-Star International Corporation, Ltd.MSI_250px.png

Micro-Star International Corporation, Ltd. (TSEC: MSI, 2377) is one of the IT industry's leading manufacturers of computer hardware products and solutions, including world's top five and Taiwan's top three motherboard manufacturer, Taiwan biggest and world's top five server manufacturer, and has been the leading graphic card manufacturer for the past four years. Today MSI is pressing forward with the development of new products, such as notebooks and consumer electronic products. The sales of MSI's MP3 product has been growing rapidly, making MSI one of the top MP3 product suppliers in Taiwan since 2004. Through world class engineering, manufacturing & design innovation, MSI is dedicated to providing leading-edge hardware products and robust solutions that are easy to implement and integrate while also enhancing overall performance, value and ultimately the individual end user's personal digital life experience. With annual worldwide sales of US $2.4 Billion in 2005, MSI ranks 26 in the Taiwan Top 1000 Companies for 2005. For more information and product details please visit


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