HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Synthetic Benchmarks & Gaming

 Futuremark 3DMark06
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
Futuremark 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.
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.
Here we see the graphics card achieving unpleasantly low frame rates during areas of explosions in this particular area. It was fairly playable however a lower resolution or lower quality settings is the only solution for 30+ fps.
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.
Far Cry 2 has little trouble with this graphics card even in high detail.
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.
CPU dependancies aside, the Radeon HD 5850 plays this game very well. Certain graphics cards are known to have problems with Anti Aliasing with this game, however we didn't seem to have a problem at all with our testbed.
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.
 Call of Duty 4 is simply blown away with out testbed. This game should even run well with ATi Eyefinity triple screen resolutions.
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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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