Date: October 21st, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
So what do you exactly get for US$199 when you purchase this higher end videocard. Seeing this is Sapphire's premier HD4850, hopefully no corners will be cut when it comes to the hardware and software package.
Sapphire supplied a rather complete software package complete with DVD creation, playing and burning software along with Sapphire's installation and driver CD. Also included is a user's manual, a Ruby ROM disc and a full version copy of 3DMARK Vantage for testing. Only missing is a game to test the card out with. I personally would do without all the DVD, benchmarking and other software and supply a good game to go with it. does anyone really use the software included with these packages? Would you prefer a game? I know I would.
The hardware kit is equally well equipped and includes an component HD dongle, an HDMI converter adapter, an S-video adapter, a digital to analog monitor adapter, a power cable and a cross-fire bridge. As I said, is is complete, but videocard manufacturers need to throw in TWO digital to analog adapters instead of one seeing a lot of enthusiasts might be using two analog monitor for a dual display setup.
And last out of the box is the videocard itself. Although I will be going into detail in the upcoming section, this videocard is remarkably simple other than the obviously large VPU cooler, but people with smaller cases might want to take note that this card is about 10 inches long. More on this card in the upcoming section.