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PowerColor HD4890 Plus Summary

As for the specific product reviewed today, PowerColor HD4890 Plus, it is a typical representative of the RADEON HD 4890 OC family that is designed to work at higher GPU frequency. The manufacturer decided to play it safe and stick to ATI’s recommendations that is why the card only differs from the regular Radeon HD 4890 by 50MHz higher graphics chip frequency. It uses reference PCB layout and cooling system. Among the peculiarities of the PowerColor HD4890 Plus we could mention excellent overclocking potential. Other than that it is a good “work horse” for gaming fans who play in high resolutions but do not want to invest more than $300 into a new graphics card. As we have already said, we had a pre-production sample, so there was no accessories bundle with it. Besides that, there are no other drawbacks that we might want to mention here.

Highs:

  • High performance in contemporary games;
  • Outperforms GeForce GTX 285 in a number of tests;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Best Edge-detect CFAA in the industry;
  • 1024MB of local video memory onboard;
  • 800 ALU and 40 texture processors;
  • DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support;
  • Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding;
  • High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;
  • Built-in 8-channel audio controller with HD support;
  • Sound over HDMI;
  • Excellent overclocking potential;
  • Low noise;
  • Comparatively low power consumption;
  •  Lower heat dissipation compared with Radeon HD 4870 1GB.

 Lows:

  • No serious drawbacks found.
 
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