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Review: Mid-range mayhem: Sapphire's exclusive Radeon HD 4650 and HD 4670

by Tarinder Sandhu on 2 February 2009, 11:17 3.7

Tags: Sapphire RADEON HD 4650 , Sapphire RADEON HD 4670 , AMD (NYSE:AMD), Sapphire, ATi Technologies (NYSE:AMD)

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Introduction


ATI brought its mid-range graphics-card line-up up-to-date with the release of the Radeon HD 4600-series in September of last year. The series included two SKUs - HD 4650 and HD 4670, differentiated with respect to clock-speed on the core, shaders and memory.

Their main strengths were decent performance via full DX10.1 compatibility, a strong multimedia feature-set, and pricing that most could afford, ranging from £50-£75.

Sapphire, ATI's largest add-in-board partner, lists no less than 10 products based on Radeon HD 4600, split equally over HD 4650 and HD 4670.

There are bone-stock cards, those with greater-than-normal memory, faster memory, overclocked cores, etc, so picking the right card can be difficult.

We'll take a look at two Radeon HD 4600-series cards, both with some special sauce, but costing less than £80. Read on to find out which is best.