HIS Radeon HD 4830

It's HIS and he can keep it

And it was all going so well for ATI. Choosing to concentrate on mid-range graphics cards and letting Nvidia run off with the monolithic chip design seemed to be paying off – the HD4850 competed with Nvidia's mid-range cards and the dual-GPU 4870X2 went for the high-end jugular. But this 'budget' 4830 feels like a slip up.

AMD is trying to position its new card around the lower end but, at £90, describing the 4830 as a budget card is like trying to pass a rabid, two-legged poodle off as a pedigree dog.

It's only about £20 less than the far more fully-featured 4850. So yes, it is less expensive, but in terms of performance it just can't compete with its stablemates or Nvidia's spread of mid-range cards. The results were, disappointingly, pretty much half those of a 4850 – a card already competing with Nvidia's even cheaper 9600GT.

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MusicRadar Rating

3 / 5 stars
Pros

Decent performance

Cons

Prices needs lowering. Disappointing benchmarks

Verdict

AMD needs to sort itself out and price its cards more sensibly. As it is, this card is outdone by the competition on price and performance

Features

ATI Avivo HD; ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology; ATi Fullstream; ATI PowerPlay

API support

DirectX 10.1

Graphics core clockspeed

575

Graphics memory

512

Graphics memory clock

1.8

Graphics memory type

GDDR3

Video output

DVI-I HDTV

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