HIS Radeon HD 5850 Turbo Review
All in all, we were very impressed by the Radeon HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo. Based on a proven performer, HIS were able to make subtle but noticeable improvements by means of the uprated cooling solution and higher core/memory frequencies. While the updated clocks of 765MHz and 4500MHz made a rather small difference in the grand scheme of things, we feel the cooler alone is worth the £20 premium. Just to reiterate, HIS' cooling solution operated 16c cooler than the Reference Heatsink and without an increase in noise to boot. Once you factor in the graphics card's two year warranty, the inclusion of CoD Modern Warfare 2 and the convenience of the product being in plentiful stock at e-tailers, it seems like an excellent proposition to us.
Our only reservation is that the Radeon HD 5870 can be found for as little as £50 more. We feel that many individuals would rather invest a little more to go towards the faster HD 5870. After all, the latter already sports higher core/memory frequencies but most importantly, 160 more Stream Processors. That said, £50 is not a small amount of money to part with and on that basis, it's still a sufficient enough price gap to make the HIS Radeon HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo a strong contender in today's GPU market. Excellent work, HIS.
- Excellent Core Overclock
- Quiet Cooling Solution
- Cool Operation
- Inclusion of Modern Warfare 2
- Memory was near enough at it's limits