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jmke 26th January 2009 15:43

Sapphire's ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB graphics card
Despite these flaws, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 does deliver a generally better gaming experience than Nvidias more expensive GeForce GTX 285. The cheapest we have been able to find the 285 for is around 300, including VAT, which makes it 40 more expensive than the 4850 X2. That makes the decision difficult and while wed typically recommend a single GPU solution almost every time (especially in light of what weve described above), the price difference makes it an awkward choice the GTX 285 is 15 percent more expensive and its slower in four of the seven games weve tested here.

Frankly, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 is too loud for a modern gaming system, driver support isnt where wed like it and the GeForce GTX 285 is too expensive. In light of this, we dont believe there is a perfect choice in this segment of the market and it opens up a window of opportunity for the manufacturer who wants it the most. Right now, wed avoid this part of the market altogether and either go higher or lower depending on your screen size and budget elasticity.

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