HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Packaging & Initial Impressions

Packaging and Initial Impressions
 
HIS boxes tend to appear quite minimalistic, touting their brand name or web address depending on the side of the box on a dark grey background. The packaging felt sturdy and capable of taking some abuse without damaging it's contents.
 
 
 
The first thing you'll see it's the Radeon HD 5850's accessories, which include a driver disc, manual, two molex to PCI-Express adapters and a Crossfire bridge. Underneath you will find the graphics card in anti static wrap.
 
 
 
 
Here lies the Radeon HD 5850 in all it's glory. Yes it is another reference card using the same PCB, Memory ICs, Heatsink, Fan and Shroud. It is however a very good design and very quiet too so why change it? The HD 5850 is slightly shorter than it's faster brother and requires two 6 pin PCI-Express power leads rather than 1 x 6 pin and 1 x 8 pin.
 
 
 
The four main outputs are two DVI, one HDMI and one displayport. Remember that you can only use three of four ports at any one time and if you plan on using ATi Eyefinity for triple monitor support and wish to get the maximum resolution out of your monitors, an Active Displayport adapter will be required if none of the monitors support displayport.
 
 
 
The graphics card functioned as it should from out of the box and was as quiet as it's other branded counterparts.
 
Let's move on to the testing phase.
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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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