Sapphire Technology recently launched two new graphics cards – the Sapphire HD 5850 TOXIC Edition and the Sapphire HD 5850 Vapor-X. Both cards bring together the manufacturer’s highly acclaimed Vapor-X cooling technology and the much in demand HD 5000 series graphics architecture.
Both new graphics cards carry the latest 40nm graphics architecture from ATI clubbed with a Sapphire original design. In terms of processors, both cards work at 1440 stream and have 72 texture units for top-of-the-line performance. DirectX 11 support gives the cards unparalleled clarity in video, while boosting visual effects and processing speeds.
The Sapphire HD 5850 TOXIC Edition has been designed for the enthusiast crowd and comes pre-overclocked core at 765MHz and 1125MHz memory. The HD 5850 Vapor-X model has also been factory overclocked to 735MHz and comes with a memory speed of 1050MHz. The inclusion of Sapphire’s Vapor-X technology means both cards work at nearly 15o C lower temperatures than the reference card. The superior technology also means the cards are a lot quieter than the reference version and also retain their ability to be further overclocked.
The Sapphire HD 5850 TOXIC Edition and the Sapphire HD 5850 Vapor-X cards open up new levels of detail, transparency, and lightning effects in games and applications that use the newer DirectX 11technology. While superior in performance, neither card is power hungry and the average power consumption remains nicely below 160W. Sapphire has added Dynamic Power Management to the cards, which means they hog less than 30W of power when in idle mode.
On-board Unified Video Decoder hardware allows both cards to smoothly decode Blu-ray and HD DVD streams without putting any pressure on the CPU. Sapphire has also upgraded the UVD to enable simultaneous decoding of two 1080p HD video streams. The built-in HDMI capability has also been upgraded to HDMI 1.3a with support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Both graphics cards also feature the new ATI Eyefinity module, which means that each card can display images on multiple monitors simultaneously. To be specific, these new cards have the ability to support up to three monitors each through their two Dual-link DVI connectors and the HDMI and DisplayPort.
While Sapphire will be shipping the cards out to retailers shortly, the exact pricing of the cards is not yet known.
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