HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Introduction

Introduction 

Like any year, the run up to Christmas is a rather long winded one with mass shopping commencing from as early as October end. From here on, regardless of whether or not we’re in any form of economic downturn it’s a matter of flocking to shopping centres nationwide for a session of credit card violation. Let’s not forget the time and effort involved in organizing Christmas dinner for your nearest and dearest. Inevitably that big day comes and within a blink of an eye it’s all over.

So how was Christmas day for you? I’m sure that many had a fantastic time with friends and family, making the most of their presence. Some might be particularly ecstatic over the gifts that they received…while some less so. Perhaps you were one of few that were painfully sniveling at the contents of your gift from Father Christmas. It must be said that it’s the thought that counts when it comes to any gift and that calling the North Pole for a RMA number is nothing short of ungrateful. But what if you paid for your own gift to find that it won’t be with you in time for Christmas? Does anyone see where I’m going with this? The Radeon HD 5800 series stock shortage strikes again…

Okay, I’ll gladly conceit that the stock shortage of Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 graphics cards has not been as bad as previously. Infact, for the last couple of weeks it has been quite possible to locate and purchase one of these high end wonders. That is, so long as you’re willing to pay the premium. A number of retailers (most recently Aria) had listed Christmas special offers, which resulted in select 5850 and 5870 graphics cards being sold at their September 09 Retail Prices of £200 and £304 respectively, but in very limited quantities. For most of the part however, the typical in stock prices are nearer £250 and £350 regardless of brand, however factory overclocked graphics cards have further price gouging applied.

There have been rumours that TSMC have greatly improved 40nm yields for Cypress cores and that we will soon see higher quantities of HD 5800 series graphics cards in circulation.

“In a world where people pay a high price to play with the best…Something had to change.”

Too right something has to change! One can only hope that this recently uploaded video on AMD’s official youtube channel is a sign of more stock and price drops.   I shall put an end to my rant by finally introducing the product on review for today. Today we’ll be reviewing the HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB Graphics card. 

Name
HIS Radeon HD 5850
HIS Radeon HD 5870
Core Name Cypress Cypress
Core Frequency 725MHz 850MHz
Stream Processors
1440 1600
Memory Frequency 4000MHz (1000MHz x 4) 4800MHz (1200MHz x 4)
Memory Interface 256bit 256bit
ROP Count 32 32
TMU Count 72 80
Original Retail Price £199.99 £299.99


The Radeon HD 5850's technical specs alone suggest that it should be a very capable graphics card. Although rudely castrated by ATi from 1600 stream processors to 1440, it's Core and Memory frequencies are similar and should be a fairly simple overclock to and perhaps past 5870 frequencies. At it's original retail price, it touts better value for money than it's bigger brother.  

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Most Recent Comments

01-01-2010, 14:53:29

tinytomlogan
With many referance cards available Mul takes a look at the 5850 offering from HIS

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02-01-2010, 11:52:19

Rastalovich
* note to staff: if u reply inside the article at the foot, nothing gets posted. For want of typing out again:

Tis a great card. Not impressed with the artificial benchmarkers, especially when ur old rig either competes or beats them. Being what they are, u have to take the cpu differences into account. CCC drivers rely more on the cpu.

250 is a decent price for these cards. I'd expect further etailer shaving off of that too. Currently tho, this isn't the rrp, or even the 251 posted in the article header. At the more sensible pricing I could recommend this card, but presently would feel guilty about doing so.

Roll on feb/mar when the playing fields are nice'n'level and the cash grab being made, especially in the UK, is all but over. It'll be something to behold when the prices of these suddenly plummits - the cash ofc already being made. It's quite something to have the backup of another company having production problems to smooth that over, however unsubstantiated.

Worries me that HIS have chosen to block the rear intake/outtake holes with both pcie power connectors and a large old school capacitor. I'm sure that's not what the designers had in mind.

A little concerned also that a card receives a performance award with only an 8 score.

Look forward to the end of January when the news of price drops come out with great cheer, and all else previous is forgotten and forgiven.

02-01-2010, 13:09:39

Mul.
Hi Rasta,

To my knowledge, HIS has played no part in the PCB layout. Aside the badge on the top, it's physical attributes are no different to the Asus/Sapphire/XFX 5850's that we've handled.

06-01-2010, 02:57:23

pshnfry
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Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
* note to staff: if u reply inside the article at the foot, nothing gets posted. For want of typing out again:
Agreed - frustrating

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Worries me that HIS have chosen to block the rear intake/outtake holes with both pcie power connectors and a large old school capacitor. I'm sure that's not what the designers had in mind.
Many reviews and comments refer to the two red trimmed ports at the power plug end as "intakes". All air is sucked in by the fan (at the fan hole) and pushed to both ends of the card. The two ports at the power end are exhaust ports.
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