ATI Radeon 4800 Series Detailed

ATI Radeon 4800 Series Detailed

So, on with it. What’s the latest ATI Radeon 4800 series all about? What is the texel stream rate and all of that? WhatIfGaming is here to go over the ATI Radeon 4800 Series in depth. The ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series of GPUs in short brings the power of supercomputing to gamers, setting a new standard for visual computing and redefining the way gamers play and take HD gaming to a whole new level. The new TeraScale graphics engine delivers an immersing gaming experience. Add this GPU to your PC and watch Blu-ray movies and play HD content with great visual fidelity (HD Monitor capable of a resolution of 1920×1080 or greater). Best of all– it is all break-through efficiency that doesn’t compromise performance for power.

The powerful new TeraScale graphics will propel you deep into your game play with seamless frame rates and high resolutions. With it, enhanced anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering allow unparalleled realism to max out the settings of the most demanding next-generation games. Below are the key 4800 series summary highlights we put together:

Enhanced Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic Filtering
High performance anisotropic filtering and 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) smooth jagged edges and create true-to-life graphics, for everything from grass to facial features.
DirectX 10.1
Play today while preparing for tomorrow with state-of-the-art DirectX 10.1 graphics capabilities.
ATI CrossFireX Technology
ATI CrossFireX technology with up to quad GPU support offers superior scalability so your system is ready to level up when you are.
PCI Express 2.0
Support for PCI Express 2.0 will prepare you for bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications.

Unified Video Decoder 2
Unified Video Decoder 2 frees up your CPU for other tasks so you get The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for even the most processing-intensive content, including VC-1, H.264 and now MPEG-2. Also, take full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture (PIP) capabilities (done in order to adhere to Blu-Ray standards).

Upscale Beyond 1080p
Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond.
On-chip HDCP
On-chip HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) makes life easier by allowing you to playback HDCP protected content.
HDMI with 7.1 digital surround sound support. Also, xvYCC support allows the user to enjoy a wider range of color when connected to a capable HDTV.

Best of all? DX 10.1 support. That’s right. Unlike the newer GTX 280 line, the entire 4800 series supports DX 10.1 fully with tessellation and Gather4 texture fetching.

Let’s go into the 4800 Series features now in detail through a summary.

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  1. I think I just gizzed my pants

    PCEnthusiast replied on June 24th, 2008 9:16 PM:


  2. Officially Awesome = 4800 line

  3. That AA sampling demo is intense. Thanks WiG

  4. Wowwww

    venkatezh replied on June 24th, 2008 9:08 PM:

    Yeah. I was like Eyes bulged. Didn’t expect it. Glad I’m not the only one who sat around for this haha

  5. Going to order this RIGHT now wherever I can.

    antaraa replied on June 24th, 2008 9:20 PM:

    Already ordered mine from TechShopStopUK. Get it soon or they’re ganna be sold out like mad after the review here.

  6. First site to reveal it. Owned

  7. 4870 looks so good. Definitely must have. Not a GTX guy after knowing the specs for it. Oh and I’m not dumb :)

    PCEnthusiast replied on June 24th, 2008 9:16 PM:

    Yeah a real must have no doubt

  8. You’re not the only one. I was up to the edge when it was at 17 secs

    IntelLover replied on June 24th, 2008 9:12 PM:

    for me 5 secs ; )

  9. Awfully nice. Seriously

  10. This is grandeur

  11. AMD Revamp indeed. I think NVIDIA can throw in the white flag now.

  12. I’m just seriously amazed by all the features and specs. And then those AA methods against CSAA. Haha CSAA is history

  13. Very impressed by this

  14. Gizz is right, so happy by all these specs. Glad it didn’t disappointed and wasn’t just hype. Then again, I know WhatIfGaming don’t do hype.

  15. GDDR5 memory + GDDR3 superior clocked on 50? Count me in for both for all of my PC’s

  16. This is really overwhelming. Thanks

  17. TY so much

  18. No one in India ship 4850 or 4870. I want to cry cause specs look nice. ; ( I order international now but shipp fees is hurting! xD

  19. Get over it Vash. It’s really worth it for the 70’s and 50’s. Just do it =)

  20. Wonderful article. Am I late to the parteh ?!

  21. HA! Stayed up late for this. Comment is good to go, and I will definitely be buying the 4850 because of the previous review.

  22. Awesome article as usual. Thx

  23. Oh gosh. Can’t wait for that review from here. It’s going to be epic.

  24. Really nicely detailed article as always. Thank you <3 bf will want to see it ASAP. He actually thought it would end 3 hours later, but it’s pacific.

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