Asus Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Synthetic Benchmarks & Gaming

As Futuremark's previous gaming benchmark application, it is getting a little old but remains to be a reliable means of testing a graphics card's capability
Topping out with an overall score of around 20000 shows the Radeon HD 5850 ploughing through 3DMark06 with absolute ease.
3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is Futuremark's flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.
An excellent score for the Radeon HD 5850. Scores of around P13000 should indicate that your system is more than capable for today's latest hits.
Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead is without a doubt one hard nut to crack, especially at higher resolutions and a dash of Anti Aliasing and Anisotrophic Filtering. Given it's level of GPU dependancy, this is an ideal playground for our Asus Radeon HD 5850.
On the whole, the Radeon HD 5850 played Crysis reasonably well given the 1920x1080 resolution and levels of AA/AF. Nearby explosions does drive framerates below 20, resulting in choppy game play. For most of the part, the performance was acceptable but I would be lying if I were to claim that this is the card to buy to play Warhead at high resolution with all the bells and whistles ticked.
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2, a slightly older hit but based on a fairly demanding engine also has a fair level of GPU dependancy at least particularly so at higher resolutions. This particular game features a fabulous benchmarking tool, which loops an intensive Far Cry 2 scene and gatherers minimum, maximum and average framerates accordingly. This allows for a more accurate comparison from one test item to another. As mentioned, we have set all Quality Settings to the highest possible within the tool.
It would seem that this particular game was no match for even the little brother of the Cypress family of graphics cards.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Flight Simulator X remains to be a terribly demanding game for it's age. Known for being very demanding on the CPU but also requiring a level of GPU power in the process, we thought it'd be interesting to see how it faired.
Very well it would seem. At this particular stage however, the limit appears to be the processor rather than the graphics card.
Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty 4 is another popular hit however even with all of the eye candy set to full and the image quality raised up high, it doesn't particularly hurt today's latest and greatest.
Let's wind up our testing for today and conclude....
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Most Recent Comments

16-11-2009, 06:04:21

Mul takes a look at the Asus Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card.

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16-11-2009, 06:28:29

Very nice review covered enough to want to buy one.Quote

16-11-2009, 06:47:25

Awesome card, it's a damn shame that they've seen fit to hype the prices. All said and done, hitting the market at around £200 and slipping to £175-ish would have made it mouth-watering for some.

I think it's gotten to the stage that lack of availabilty needs to be in the bad section 'at the time of writing', in so much that when ASUS see the review/feedback they can perhaps take more notice of what the enthusiasts are saying also. Having a choice, but not being able to find it, is a really bad thing.

Tool looks good, not so good with the voltage thing lacking, perhaps an upd8 will come along to sort that out.

Typical of ASUS gfxcards I've experienced of late, well build, look pretty good and is probably sounds strange, but I bet it felt good when u took it out of the anti static.

Good stuff, bad timing maybe.Quote

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