Alright, so you might be a little bit confused.
You might be thinking, this video card says XFX, and that
box says Radeon HD on it, and it’s got a 4800 series model number,
and you might be like, I don’t get it. What’s going on.
XFX makes video cards. Well, guess what? They don’t anymore.
They have actually defected and it makes sense because ATI has been doing really good
with their 4800 series line of cards. And that really took a bite
out of Nvidia this year. And so, XFX has defected.
They left. They’re making both now. They do make Nvidia cards still,
so don’t freak out. Don’t think that you’re never going to
see another 9800 GTX Plus from XFX. But, now they also make the 4,000 series line
of video cards, the 4800 series, actually. So, here we are today with the 4830,
which is actually one of the best, cost conscience, budget, yet still high
performance, gaming cards on the market. The 4830 is basically a 4850.
It’s got the RV770, which is the same GPU,
they just cut down the frequency a little bit, they removed some
of the shaders. You actually have 800 shaders in the 4850.
The 4830 has 640. So they got rid of a couple of those
clusters on there. And then also you had 40 texturizing units on the 4850.
You only have 32 on the 4830. But, everything else is essentially the same.
Plus, because of the fact that they’re using an underclocked RV770, there’s usually
some pretty good overhead there for overclocking. Now that might have all
sounded like a bunch of nonsense to you, if you’re just looking at this video
thinking should I get this video card? I’ll make it simple for you. This is a
great card if your monitor is not bigger than 22”. If you’re not
playing the craziest games. If you just need something
that’s gonna get you by, give you some very high performance,
some great, great video, on almost all the games in the market
This card’s right up your alley. It’s very affordable. Now, let me tell you a little bit about the specs.
Let’s get those out of the way, first of all. Core clock on this is 575.
Like I said, it’s down 50 from the 4850, but it’s very easy to overclock it back,
and the catalyst controllers that come with this card actually have your
overclocking features already built-in. So, you just slide a slider over,
you’re right back on top. It has 640 stream processors,
which are also operating at 575 MHz. ATI architecture usually means that
the cores are going to be operating at the same frequency as the shaders.
Now, you also have 512 MB of GDDR3, which is operating on a
256-bit memory interface bus. And, it’s actually…
forgot the MHz. MHz. MHz. Anybody?
Frequencies? 1800. 1800 MHz for the 4830.
So, that’s very… It’s 900 regular, and then that’s 1800 effective DDR2.
It’s DDR3 memory, and so, you’re gonna actually… It’s twice as fast. It’s being double pumped.
So it’s nine and nine is 1800. So it operates at 1800 MHz effective,
which is very, very fast. It is also going to require that you
have a 6-pin power connector. So, keep that in mind too.
That keeps it nice and simple because not everybody has
a ton of different connectors, or two, or an eight pin.
This is one single 6-pin. That’s all it’s gonna take.
You can definitely run this with a 450 or a 500 watt
power supply. No problem. You’re not going to need anything
crazy, or big. Also on the back, just so that you know, the way this
thing looks, you have red DVI plugs, which are very, very cool looking.
This is PCI Express 2.0, and pretty much, except for the fact
that the case is completely different, it says XFX. This is just like any other
4830, except that it’s made by XFX, and you’re just not used to seeing them
from this brand. So, let me fill you in on the rest of the regular stuff.
This is a PCI Express 2.0 Card. It will work with PCI Express
1.0 in the X16 size. It doesn’t really matter. It will work,
it just won’t be at its full bandwidth. But you still will get the
same amount of performance. It has those dueling DVIs right there.
It’ll do 2560 x 1600 lines of resolution. So, if you have a big 30” monitor,
it’s not going to be a problem. You’ll be able to hook it
up to that no problem. You also get CrossFire supports. If you
want to throw a second one of these. Or, maybe the big brother,
or 4850, or maybe a 4870, or maybe even a 4870 X2.
You can actually run CrossFire with all the different cards
and it’ll keep on working. Now, if you want to have some
streaming to your television, you want to show some Blu-rays
or some downloaded HD content, these are great for that too.
These are especially great for that. And I’ll tell you why. One of the
reasons is that if you want to convert this DVI to an HTMI you can do that.
But, most of them, they just give you that video through the HTMI cable.
This will actually give you audio through the HTMI cable. It has HDCP,
which is High Definition band width, I’m sorry. High bandwidth
Digital Content Protection. And that’s pretty much gonna let you stream
your Blu-rays to your television in 1080P. Plus, using something called UVD 2.0,
you’re also gonna get 7.1 channel HD audio from the card to your TV, or to
your receiver, through the HTMI cable, without any problems.
It also supports DirectX 10.0. It’s got Shader Model 4.1, OpenGL 2.1,
all that great stuff is on board. And, there’s even a
few goodies in the box. So, I’m actually gonna open this
up for you and see what’s inside. Let’s go hunting here.
Ah, very nice. First of all, DVI to VGA adapter. Very nice.
You’re gonna need this if you have an older monitor and
you do not have a DVI. This will let you use it. Also included
in the box is this breakaway cable. Some people call it a dongle,
this one I call a break away cable. Pretty much what this is
is a digital 7-pin S-Video cable. It’s gonna plug into the
back of the video card. And then you’re
gonna have components, right on the back. That’ll let you
do 1080i directly out to your TV. In case you have an older HiDef
television, there actually were a few that didn’t even come with HTMI.
So this is a way to get 1080i to your TV. Also included in the box
is this power connector. So, let’s say that you’re on an older
computer and you do not have the ability to run that 6-pin
cable to your video card. Well, you’re guaranteed to
have these in there. Everyone’s got a couple molexes
lying around their case. You get two year molexes,
you plug them in here and here, and that transfers it to this 6-pin PCI Express.
So even on your older power supply, you will be able to still use the computer
and, or the graphics card, and the last thing, you’re
gonna be gaming a lot, so. This is the, “I’m gaming,
do not disturb, leave me alone. Go away, I’m playing Call of Duty 4”
tag. And this is for your mom. Or your wife,
or your girlfriend. Stay away.
I’m playing video games. Last thing included is driver
discs and you know, you know what that is.
No big deal. So, 4830. Great on a budget.
It’s a 4850 that’s been cut down, just a little bit.
It can be overclocked, it’s affordable, it’s quick,
it’s affordable, high performance,
it’s affordable, and it’s awesome,
and it’s really affordable. If you have any questions, Email me.
I’ll see you guys next time. For more information on the
XFX Radeon HD 4830 Graphics Card, type in:
P450-4830 into the search engine of
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