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ATI Radeon HD 4870 Edition @ Hot Hardware
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ATI Radeon HD 4870 Edition
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@ AnandTech
@ Hot Hardware
@ Elite Bastards
@ Expreview
@ MadBoxPC
@ Ars Technica
@ TweakTown
@ PC Perspective
@ Bjorn3D
@ The Tech Report

Motherboards
Sapphire PURE Hybrid Crossfire 780G @ Hi-Techreviews.com

Power Supplies
Enermax MODU82+ 525W PSU @ Technic3D

Consumer Electronics
HTC Touch Diamond @ Trusted Reviews
Ricoh GX200 Digital Camera @ Trusted Reviews
Belkin TuneCast Auto with Clearscan for iPhone/iPod @ circuitREMIX


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Radeon 4850 at $180 aleady
By Belard on 6/25/2008 2:57:34 PM , Rating: 2
At a local FRY's store, they have the HD 4850 cards going for $180 off the shelf!

I almost bought it. The price is good, its right there in a small box. I was originally looking at paying $130 for the 9600GT 2 months ago for my upgrade over my OLD 7600GT, so the $50 extra would be worth it.

But I didn't buy it because of its single-slot cooling system that is NOISY (as they have said in the reviews).

So I may opt for a 4870 or wait for more 4850 cards to come ot market.




By Captain Orgazmo on 6/25/2008 7:04:51 PM , Rating: 3
The thermal paste shipped with stock graphics cards and CPUs is notoriously low quality. I saw a review (can't remember from who) where they lowered the temps (and as a result, noise) on the 4850 by 10 to 15 degrees C, simply by removing the original paste and replacing with Arctic Silver Ceramique (small syringe retails for less than $10).

I did the same thing on my 2900XT (but using Arctic Silver 5), and now the fan never revs up over 33% (way quieter).


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