Diamond Radeon HD4850

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Upon opening the box, the first thing we noticed was the size of the packaging. The card itself is very thin, yet it's surrounded by an enormous plastic clam shell. While this does keep it safe, it looks wasteful.

Box contents.

Also included are a set of cables and adapters, and a red cardboard envelope containing documentation and a support disc.

The accessories.

Diamond supplies a component-out cable, S-Video to composite adapter, HDMI and VGA dongles, and a CrossFire bridge. There is also a driver CD, short installation guide, and a voucher for some free music from eMusic.com. Notably absent is a 6-pin PCI-E power adapter. Diamond's reasoning may be that any power supply lacking this connector probably cannot deliver sufficient power for the card.

Look familiar? Sapphire HD 3850 pictured above, Diamond HD 4850 below.

The cooler is virtually identical to the reference design of ATI's previous mid-range offering, the HD 3850. The fan has many more blades, however, and they are straighter. The card itself is very slightly longer: 23.4cm compared to 23.2cm for the HD 3850.

Viewed from above.

The heatsink is decorated with fearsome artwork on top of the shroud. While this makes for a great visual, you'll most likely never see it after installation unless your case has a window, and is upside-down.

The back of the PCB.

The back of the PCB reveals no surprises — it looks just like the HD 3850/3870. The cooler is held on by several philips head screws, making removal a trivial process. Around the GPU core, a cushioned metal frame is used to prevent over-tightening.

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