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News Confirmed: Some ATI Radeon HD 4830s are gimped

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 26 Oct 2008.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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  2. biebiep

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    It's a damn conspiracy I tell ye!

    Green Spies in the Red camp! *Yarrr*




    On a more serious note: Ppl with no tech knowledge whatsoever aren't going to find this funny. How are they even going to hear about this?
     
  3. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    So the review will be using the non-limited BIOS?
     
  4. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    Chances are they won't even notice. I shouldn't think there are many people buying graphics cards that aren't tech savvy - most will be coming with computers and then the OEMs will be sorting it out.
     
  5. Vigilante

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    What interests me is... if these boards can have the eighth SIMD unlocked simply with a bios update - Would that in turn mean flashing the board with a 4850 bios would unlock all 10, enabling 4850-class performance for a lower price? (when the boards drop to rrp levels of course)
     
  6. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    That used to happen all the time Vigilante, X800PRO going to X800XT IIRC. Same with the 9800 series. I used to have it done to my old 9800 PRO
     
  7. Tim S

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    yep, we've got the non-gimped BIOS on our card now

    As far as I'm aware, the 2 remaining SIMDs are 'locked down' on the 4830s, so you can't unlock the remaining two to make a 4850.
     
  8. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    But is it worth it to get this instead of a 4850? Hopefully it is significantly less hot...
     
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    GREEN SPAH SAPPIN' MAH RED SHADER COUNT!
     
  10. xaser04

    xaser04 Ba Ba Ba BANANA!

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    Given the current UK pricing and the reviews already circling the net there is not point in this card when compared to the HD4850.

    At £20 less than the current pricing it may be worthwhile.
     
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