Asus Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Packaging & Initial Impressions

Packaging & Initial Impressions
 
Our Asus Radeon HD 5850 sample arrived in a well styled box with contrasting colours of black and orange. The use of a warrior on a slightly narcotic looking horse draped in armour should indicate that this is no tame product. Let's open it up to see what we find...hopefully not a horses head anyway...
 
 
 The detailed outer box slid right off, revealing a far more solid and thick cardboard box. After opening the top of this box, I was greeted with yet another box, containing CD's, Drivers, Molex Adapters, a DiRT2 Game coupon and a Manual. Only when I lifted this box did I find the Radeon HD 5850, packed in it's anti static bag and wrapped around cut out polystyrene.
 
 
 The graphics card is pretty much your run of the mill Radeon HD 5850. Asus have applied a small badge towards the I/O shield and another badge in the middle of the blower fan. If you are keen on having cartoon style graphics plastered on your graphics card's heatsink then prepare to be disappointed, however we aren't too fussed...
 
 
 Asus have also placed plastic covers on the main segment of the PCI-Express 16x slot connector and DVI ports. Nice touch.
 
 
 
Asus' overall presentation of the overall package really makes you feel as though you've bought a quality product. The packaging was also very practical by keeping everything out of harms way, regardless of how careless or clumsy your delivery provider may be.
 
The installation process was trouble free using the included installation CD. We do however recommend using the latest drivers from ATi's website, which is what we did after uninstalling the included drivers.
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16-11-2009, 06:28:29

kimandsally
Very nice review covered enough to want to buy one.Quote

16-11-2009, 06:47:25

Rastalovich
Awesome card, it's a damn shame that they've seen fit to hype the prices. All said and done, hitting the market at around £200 and slipping to £175-ish would have made it mouth-watering for some.

I think it's gotten to the stage that lack of availabilty needs to be in the bad section 'at the time of writing', in so much that when ASUS see the review/feedback they can perhaps take more notice of what the enthusiasts are saying also. Having a choice, but not being able to find it, is a really bad thing.

Tool looks good, not so good with the voltage thing lacking, perhaps an upd8 will come along to sort that out.

Typical of ASUS gfxcards I've experienced of late, well build, look pretty good and is probably sounds strange, but I bet it felt good when u took it out of the anti static.

Good stuff, bad timing maybe.Quote

16-11-2009, 07:31:58

Mr. Smith
The price gouging is unacceptable IMO. The lack of availability for these new products (and SSD's) is getting to be a bit of a joke.

It is a nice mid range card though, it performs well on the test bed. It will be interesting to see how these DX11 cards handle DX11 titles...Quote

16-11-2009, 08:42:55

kimandsally
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
The price gouging is unacceptable IMO. The lack of availability for these new products (and SSD's) is getting to be a bit of a joke.

It is a nice mid range card though, it performs well on the test bed. It will be interesting to see how these DX11 cards handle DX11 titles...
I totally agree it's like us saying we are now going to work 3 days a week but to cover for the lack of wages we will increase our wages by 40% to cover for the loss we will take.

These Basterds decide to make less and charge more to keep their income the same as making more for less. We are in recession all workers get litlle or no wage increase and companies like this will reduce staff to make less then charge more to make the price right so the Basterds at the top make more money for employing less and working less as well.

Simple answer no one buy a single item until the price drops, we can easily force them to drop the price, it would not harm us to not buy the card for a month yet it would cripple their company if we don't.Quote

16-11-2009, 19:03:07

Maverick1dj
Am i the only one that noticed the Crysis Warhead graph was actually the Call of Duty stats?

Maybe it's because i always jump to those FPS results

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='kimandsally'

Simple answer no one buy a single item until the price drops, we can easily force them to drop the price, it would not harm us to not buy the card for a month yet it would cripple their comany if we don't.
If people weren't out trying to buy them the price wouldn't be so high, ye olde supply and demand.

Blame the ****s that want to pay over the odds for such kit, the buisness' are just taking advantage of it... unfortunately that's what all business' do!Quote
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