Asus Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
The Asus Radeon HD 5850 has proven itself to be a stunning graphics card, offering performance that is very close to the range topping HD 5870 but with a more pleasant price tag. It should be noted that it sports many of the HD 5870's perks such as ATi Eyefinity Technology, sub 30W power consumption during idle operation and relatively low noise. When you finally factor in that the graphics card was capable of overclocking to the same speeds as the Radeon  HD 5870 and is over an inch shorter allowing for compatability in smaller cases, it seems like a great purchase. 
 
Asus haven't done all that much to separate their product from the rest from a "hard product" point of view, but then again neither has anyone else. Like a number of other brands, Asus have thrown in a coupon of the upcoming DirectX 11 compliant race driving game, DiRT 2 and has a fairly standard accessory list. The only real Asus exclusive extras was the SmartDoctor Overclocking tool, which in all fairness allowed us to overclock past the realms of ATi Overdrive but sadly we were unable to adjust the graphics card's operational voltage. Asus as a brand does stand out from an aftersales support point of view by offering 3 years of warranty on their graphics cards, which is higher than the likes of HIS, Gigabyte, XFX, Sapphire and VTX that offer either 1 or 2 years instead. As it is not uncommon for graphics cards to fail, this could be considered to be a strong plus point for opting for the Asus Radeon HD 5850 over other brands.
 
So the overall verdict? If you're in the market for a graphics card around the £200 mark, then take a long hard look at the Asus Radeon HD 5850...but good look trying to find one. Given the stock shortage of these graphics cards, you will have to join a preorder queue in order to buy one. Patience is the key but you should be prepared to wait for a certain amount of time that could be measurable in weeks to get your hands on one and this is regardless of the brand. In all honesty, today's circumstances are such that if you really want a Radeon HD 5800 series graphics card, then you should purchase whatever is available at the time for the cheapest price. With a lack of supply and an influx of demand will inevitably see further price increases. As the prices of these graphics cards creep higher and higher, it gets to a point where the product is no longer worth it. Some graphics card brand prices will rise more or less than each other and because of this, it's tough to recommend any particular brand of Radeon HD 5850 over another, especially when you strip away accessories, duration of warranty and any decorations they are all exactly the same.
 
Without starting another rant over stock shortage, I must stress that the Asus Radeon HD 5850 1GB is an excellent product and is unlikely to disappoint. Given a sensible retail price, I would have no quarms in recommending it as a future graphics card purchase. Well done Asus.
 
The Good
 
- Solid Performance
- Overclocked to HD 5870 frequencies
- Quiet
- Excellent Packaging
- Three Year Warranty
 
The Mediocre
 
- Voltage Adjustment in SmartDoctor not operative
 
The Bad
 
- None
 
 
All at OC3D would Like to Asus for supplying a Radeon HD 5850 for review. You can discuss further in our forums.
 
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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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