HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Testbed, Temperatures & Overclocking

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition @ 3.94GHz
4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 @ 1333MHz
Gigabyte MA770T UD3P Motherboard F4 BIOS
Asus Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Samsung Spinpoint F1 320GB SATA II HDD
Arctic Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler
Windows Vista Home Premium

Temperatures & Overclocking
Our testing involved running Furmark's Stability Test and running the benchmark until the temperatures had levelled out. Given Furmark's intensive nature, this didn't take much time...
Unsurprisingly, the HIS Radeon HD 5850 was very quiet throughout our testing. The target load temperature, like other branded cards we've tested is 80*c, which it reached and held with a fan duty speed of just 33%.
Our overclocking endeavours were limited to ATi's Catalyst Control Centre utility, which allowed us to reach speeds of 775MHz on the Core and 1125MHz on memory. The utility does not permit a higher overclock (no doubt to distance the 5850 from it's faster sibling) but we believe that other utilities will see the graphics card to much higher frequencies.
Enough chit chat. It's time for some games testing.
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Most Recent Comments

01-01-2010, 14:53:29

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

* 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.Quote

02-01-2010, 13:09:39

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. Quote

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