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.

The Good
- Excellent Core Overclock
- Quiet Cooling Solution
- Cool Operation
- Inclusion of Modern Warfare 2

The Mediocre
- Memory was near enough at it's limits

The Bad
- None 

We would like to thank HIS for the sample today, you can discuss our findings in the forums.

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Most Recent Comments

05-05-2010, 11:21:13

Nice stats, shame about the memory OC. I was looking at getting this GPU mind you...Quote

05-05-2010, 15:35:30

a instrestng benchmark will be to use ATI eyefinity to see how high in the 5000 range one needs to get to play a few games on super resolution! i know u got 3 monitors i see ur vids on youtube Quote

06-05-2010, 03:26:48

so no chance this benchmark will be done?Quote

06-05-2010, 04:58:43

Originally Posted by name='Chi'
so no chance this benchmark will be done?
Mul wrote this review dude not me. We may do an eyefinity specific review later but is not on the cards at the moment.Quote

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