Asus 5850 TOP Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps


Test Setup, Overclocking and Temperatures

Test Setup

Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.2GHz
6GB Corsair Dominator @ 1600MHz
Asus P6T Deluxe
Windows 7 64 Bit
ASUS HD5850 Top
Catalyst 10.3 Final
ASUS HD5850 Reference for comparison


Our overclocking tests used a combination between the ASUS Smart Doctor, that allows us to modify the speed of the core and also the voltages, along with Furmark to test the stability of our overclock.

Starting at the default 765MHz we quickly hit 940MHz before any voltage adjustment was needed. It took an increase of 0.1v to move to 980MHz with stability and eventually 1.27v to crack the 1GHz barrier. Even with our fan at a modest 50%, the same we use with all our GPU overclocks, the HD5850 TOP didn't pass 65 degrees C after 5 minutes of the intense Furmark benchmark.


Temperatures were taking from GPUz after 5 minutes of Furmark testing. Because of the auto-underclock when in 2D applications the idle temperatures were within a gnats chuff of each other and so have been left out for clarity.

So we know what we're using, and what it'll do. Let's see how it performs under pressure.

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Most Recent Comments

09-04-2010, 05:40:09

Asus 5850 TOP GPU..... But is it top of the pile?

Continue ReadingQuote

09-04-2010, 06:27:08

grammer error on the dirt 2 introQuote

09-04-2010, 08:41:27

Spelling mistake..... AMDQuote

09-04-2010, 08:58:25

There's an error on the Dirt2 graph labels. I think 'Top Stock' and 'OC Ref' are the wrong way around - according to the description you gave.Quote

09-04-2010, 10:09:29

Originally Posted by name='Msm2'
Spelling mistake..... AMD
alryt my badQuote

09-04-2010, 12:38:54

Glad you boys pay attention. Helps us feel good about our work.

Graph key on Dirt2 graph was backwards. Fixed. So words are right, graph is right, key was wrong.


09-04-2010, 12:39:40

Originally Posted by name='AMDFTW'
grammer error on the dirt 2 intro
Everyone's a critic. Care to be a little more specific?Quote

09-04-2010, 13:11:27

Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
Glad you boys pay attention. Helps us feel good about our work.

Graph key on Dirt2 graph was backwards. Fixed. So words are right, graph is right, key was wrong.

Lol, sorry but I was surprised that the stock Top settings beat the OC Ref on FPS - I guess I just needed confirmation. Sorry if it sounded a bit anal.Quote

09-04-2010, 13:34:17

Any idea if DirectCU comes on reference design pcb?Quote

09-04-2010, 15:15:00

you need to add other cards to the graphs, 5870, 5850 normal, etc.Quote

09-04-2010, 16:01:29


You do realise that all our reviews are on the site already? You can look through them if you'd like.

We did a 5 series round up you can look at. We've just done a 5870 both stock and overclocked. They are all easily visible within the website.

Rather than many sites that regurgitate their data month after month, we retest every single time for each review. If we covered every card you could think of, including reformatting between cards, we'd put a review up every couple of months.

So we prefer to test what needs to be tested to get sensible results. If you wish to compare further, feel free to make the effort of reading our other reviews.

@ emax27. No it doesn't. It's the cooler design itself and therefore specific to this model.Quote

12-04-2010, 09:42:45

Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
Everyone's a critic. Care to be a little more specific?
it was in the dirt 2 intro when you was writing about the card,but it has been changed now anyay Quote

12-04-2010, 18:01:17

Hmm. Strange I didn't change a word.

Thanks anyway Quote

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