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Date: April 16th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire Tech
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES (From Sapphire)



SAPPHIRE Technology was the first company to implement cooling for PC graphics cards based on Vapor Chamber Technology. Vapor Chamber Technology was previously used in blade servers to provide more efficient yet compact cooling. SAPPHIRE's Vapor-X cooler was introduced in 2007 with its HD 3870 ATOMIC Edition graphics card and then rolled out to the global market with the successful TOXIC HD 3870 and HD 4870 series. Based on the successful experience on TOXIC with Vapor Chamber cooler, SAPPHIRE introduces the new Vapor-X graphics card series to bring an users a silent and efficient cooling solution based on Vapor Chamber technology. With such a efficient cooling system, the Vapor-X series has a more potential in overclocking and longer life expentancy.

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256-bit memory interface

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Quite and Powerful Dual Slot Vapor-Chamber Cooler, Under 20 dbA in 2D Operation, under 30 dbA in 3D Operation before 85 degree °C

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DirectX® 10.1

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24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering

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PCI Express® 2.0 support

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Dynamic geometry acceleration

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Game physics processing capability

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ATI Avivo™HD video and display technology, Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD) for Blu-ray™ and HD VideoBuilt-in HDMI with 7.1 surround sound supportOn-chip HDCP

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ATI PowerPlay™ technology



  • I/O Output: VGA/DL-DVI/HDMI

  • Core Clock: 625 MHz

  • Memory Clock: 993 MHz

  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus interface

  • 512MB /256bit GDDR3 memory interface

  • On-board HDMI

  • 7.1 Audio Channel Support

  • Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support

  • Shader Model 4.1 support

  • Dual Slot Vapor Chamber Cooler


Vapor-X Cooling

Vapor Chamber Technology is based on the same principles as heatpipe technology. A liquid coolant is vaporised at a hot surface, the resulting vapor is condensed at a cold surface then the liquid is returned to the hot surface. The recirculation process is controlled by a patented wick system. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X flattens the whole system into a slim chamber - which in the graphics application is mounted in contact with the surface of the graphics chip.




Black Diamond Choke


Choke is an important component of the graphics card. By working with the component engineer, Sapphire's patent pending choke is 10% cooler and offers 25% more power efficiency than a normal choke. The graphics card will be more reliable and save energy.



Full Solid Cap Design


Improved reliability and better overclocking are possible by using only high-polymer, aluminum capacitors which posses far superior characteristics than regular aluminum capacitor for a longer product life. When operational temperatures drop by 20 °C, the product life span is extended by a factor of ten, when the operational temperature increases by 20 °C, the product life span only decreases by 10%.



Redefine HD Gaming


The ATI Radeon HD 4850 Series GPUs deliver a cinematic gaming experience with unprecedented performance. The powerful new TeraScale graphics will propel you deep into your gameplay with seamless frame rates and high resolutions. Enhanced anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering create striking graphics with unparalleled realism so you can max out the settings of the most demanding next-generation games or revitalize your favorite titles. Play today while preparing for tomorrow with tessellation, support for DirectX® 10.1 and scalable ATI CrossFireX™ technology.

  • TeraScale Graphics Engine: The powerful new TeraScale graphics engine features deliver high resolutions and fast frame rates.

  • Enhanced Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic Filtering :High performance anisotropic filtering and 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) smooth jagged edges and create true-to-life graphics, for everything from grass to facial features.

  • DirectX 10.1 : Play today while preparing for tomorrow with state-of-the-art DirectX 10.1 graphics capabilities.

  • ATI CrossFireX™ Technology: ATI CrossFireX™ technology with up to quad GPU support offers superior scalability so your system is ready to level up when you are.

  • PCI Express 2.0: Support for PCI Express 2.0 will prepare you for bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications.

  • Power to Spare: This GPU has the brute processing power needed for physics, artificial intelligence, stream computing and ray tracing calculations.


Go Beyond HD Video


Add an ATI Radeon HD 4850 Series GPU to your PC and watch the latest Blu-ray and HD movies play with incredible fidelity –upscale to nearly twice the display resolution of HD content.* Take full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture (PIP) capabilities. Sophisticated new features within ATI Avivo™ HD technology provide a truly responsive experience. Support for the latest audio visual interconnects ensures you can take advantage of the latest display technology.

  • Unified Video Decoder 2: Unified Video Decoder 2 frees up your CPU for other tasks so you get The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for even the most processing-intensive content, including VC-1, H.264 and now MPEG-2. Also, take full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture (PIP) capabilities.

  • Upscale Beyond 1080p: Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond.

  • On-chip HDCP: On-chip HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) makes life easier by allowing you to playback HDCP protected content.**

  • HDMI: Enjoy the latest audio technologies using HDMI with 7.1 digital surround sound support. Also, xvYCC support allows the user to enjoy a wider range of color when connected to a capable HDTV.

*Note: HD capable monitor required

** Note: Playing HDCP content requires additional HDCP ready components, including but not limited to an HDCP ready monitor, Blu-ray or HD DVD disc drive, multimedia application and computer operating system.


Break-through Efficiency


Like its predecessors, the ATI Radeon HD 4850 Series GPUs offer optimal performance and break-through efficiency with platform-independent intelligent power management. ATI PowerPlay™ delivers the power needed to blaze through even the most intense games while intuitively conserving energy at idle or when demand is low.

  • ATI PowerPlay™ Technology: ATI PowerPlay™ Technology delivers high performance when needed and conserves power when the demand on the graphics processor is low.

  • Energy Efficient Manufacturing Process:Second generation 55nm chip uses the industry?s most energy efficient manufacturing process.

 

 


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