Update: AMD has confirmed to us that there were some issues with the BIOS on our sample board. Rather than 2 disabled SIMD units, our review sample 4830 had 3 disabled SIMD units. AMD has assured us that no retail boards will be affected and this is only a problem that affected reference boards built as review samples. We are working on resolving the issue with our review sample and will complete updated tests as soon as we can. This will affect our performance results, but until we run the tests we can't be sure how much more performance we will get out of retail 4830 hardware.


Update 2: We have updated all the performance graphs in the article with data re-run on a card that actually has all the SIMD's available. There was a difference, but it hasn't changed the overall conclusion of the article. For more information, see our update article with details on the problem, the situation, and performance differences.

Since the launch of the RV7xx GPU, AMD has been steadily filling out a top to bottom Radeon HD 4000 series lineup. The first markets addressed were gamer centric with the 4850 and 4870. Next in line was the hardcore enthusiast class with the dual-GPU 4870 X2. Since then we've seen the 4670, the 4550 and the 4350 filling out the bottom end value and mainstream segments. But there was a bit of a performance and price gap between the 4670 and the 4850. This gap has now been filled.

Today we see the introduction of the Radeon HD 4830 which is to be priced at or below $130. This part is poised to split the difference between the 4670 and 4850, and filling in this market segment should finish rounding out AMD's line up of RV7xx based cards for now. At least we hope.

In the past both ATI and NVIDIA have flooded the market with way too many different models that overlap in price and performance in ways that just confuse their customers. While AMD has been releasing cards at a fairly steady pace, all these parts have been well positioned and have served to disseminate their new architecture. We have been really happy to see how quickly AMD has gotten their new GPU out into the world.

By now, we've covered the architecture and other versions of the hardware quite a bit. The really interesting bit about this launch is the price and the prices of competitive hardware.

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  • bunga28 - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - link

    Great article. It's a shame for a great site such as anandtech to make grammatical mistakes and yet it made fun of product manufacturers for their mistakes in the manuals. Case in point: http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.a...">http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.a... It will probably limit the site's potential for others take it seriously, journalistically speaking, of course. Here is what I'm talking about, in one of the sentences in the 2nd page, it was written "AMD could likely have charged a lot more for their hardware at launch..." Should be "AMD could likely have charged a lot more for its hardware at launch..." I don't want to be the grammar police but this has been happening quite a bit on this site, so I want to say something. Now, we all know what you meant when we read the piece. I just think it sounds much better and we think you're probably smarter too...:) Reply
  • strikeback03 - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - link

    All that and you didn't notice the "overlocked variants" in the 4th paragraph on the second page? Reply
  • MamiyaOtaru - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - link

    You need to educate yourself about formal and notational agreement. AMD is a collective noun, a singular that refers to multiple people. As a rule in the US we go for formal agreement, and refer to AMD with singular verb forms etc, but in the UK it is common to use notational agreement and refer to such a collective noun with plural forms ("the team are ready" for example).

    Next you're going to call someone out for spelling "color" with a "u" :( :( Go back under your rock.
    Reply
  • AssBall - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - link

    If you refer to AMD as the sum of its employees, then it makes perfect sense to use their.

    You wrote:
    "It's a shame for a great site such as anandtech to make grammatical mistakes and yet it made fun of product manufacturers for their mistakes in the manuals."

    Nice run-on sentence. Go grammar police somewhere else, please.
    Reply
  • chucky2 - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - link

    With these lower binned parts, is there any word on AGP cards for those looking for a last upgrade?

    DirectX 10.1, SM 4.0, LPCM, HDMI...if a cheap solution existed it'd be a nice last upgrade to keep some older systems that are still useful current.

    Chuck
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  • Jorgisven - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - link

    Actually, the street price of AGP cards has gone up considerably, especially for the late model ones, as no one makes them anymore really. I wouldn't hold your breath on a new one coming out...ever. (This is just my opinion, but the technology is limited and dated, and there's a good reason it was dropped, not having anything to do with collusion with the mobo manufacturers.) Reply
  • LTG - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - link

    They should make this in an AGP version.

    And Intel should also make a Core i7 adapter for 486DX boards.

    This way we can get the most out of our existing hardware.
    Reply
  • chucky2 - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - link

    Your absolutely right. I should junk a completely working system that is simply lacking some technology that would be beneficial to have in the next year, which would hold people I know over for another 2-4 years, and instead blow $300 or so on a new rig that for the most part (but not completed) will do the exact same thing as the AGP system they have now does.

    Yes, that makes far more sense than buying a $50-$70 modern AGP graphics card that will get them by for the next 2-4 years without hassle.

    Chuck
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  • Spoelie - Friday, October 24, 2008 - link

    pci-e mobo $50 + fitting cpu $50 + GPU $130 = $230
    GPU $130 + bridge chip + low volume markup = $180-200 if you're lucky

    ram is more difficult story, you can go even cheaper if you keep any ddr ram and go with a second hand mobo, or take advantage of the low-low ram prices..
    Reply
  • chucky2 - Friday, October 24, 2008 - link

    NewEgg Prices Today, AGP Video Cards supporting DirectX 10.x:

    3450: $53.25 shipped
    3650: $79.00 (includes -$20 for rebate) shipped
    3650: $87.00 shipped
    3850: $118.25 (includes -10 for rebate) shipped
    3850: $138.25 shipped

    After the initial price gouging, $180-$200??? I don't think so...not after a couple months.

    NewEgg user reviews alone on these DirectX 10.x AGP cards...>600. Clearly, there's still a market - small, but a market none the less - for these cards. If not 4830, then 4350 or 4550...

    Chuck
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