HIS Radeon HD 5850 Turbo Review
The Graphics Card
Let's have a closer look at the HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo shall we?
HIS have retained the basic PCB design of the Radeon HD 5850. The graphics card is of the same length as the reference version and sports the same video output configuration of two DVI, one HDMI and one Displayport. Again, like the reference design, there are two PCI-Express 6pin sockets.
Much like the reference design, the iCooler V Turbo is fully covered in a double height plastic shroud. HIS have done away with the blower fan and replaced it with a conventional 92mm fan. Naturally such a rearrangement must have resulted in much more substantial changes under the hood.
Substantial changes indeed. Underneath the shroud we found a redesigned heatsink. Interestingly, HIS' implementation doesn't incorporate the use of heatpipes at all however it does utilise a copper base and a high density fin arrangement. The cooler itself appeared to make satisfactory contact with the core and memory.
On the next page we'll examine just how competent the updated cooling solution is.