XFX HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics card


We recently got our grubby little hands on the HD5870 and were so impressed by it that we gave it our prestigious 'Performance award'. Much the same as the 3 and 4 series of Radeon graphics cards from ATI, the HD 5870 has a little brother, the HD 5850.  While not having the extreme level of performance as the range topping HD 5870, the HD 5850 offers greater value for money.
XFX are relatively new to ATI graphics cards being that they were once a stalwart of Nvidia, however XFX are keen to grab a greater share of the GPU market and have now spread there wings to include the red teams offerings. This began with the 4000 series of ATI GPU's which due to their success it is unsurprising they have followed up there lineup of GPU's with the latest 5000 series of graphics cards from ATI. I've always been a big fan of XFX, due in part to their dedication to the enthusiast market. We are now familiar with seeing XFX release pre-overclocked versions of graphics cards and while the HD 5850 we have for review today is stock clocked, XFX will surely follow this up with a 'XXX' edition with maximum overclocks to boot if past history is anything to go by.
Lets here what XFX has to say about their HD 5850:
Taking 3 enormous steps toward realistic gaming, the The XFX Radeon HD 5850 with Eyefinity Technology, gives the first-ever wrap-around in-picture experience to fully immerse yourself in the game, or maximise your productivity at work. Additionally, with ATI Stream Technology, boost your systems performance by offloading tasks originally sent to your CPU, to your GPU and max out your settings with the first ever full support for Microsoft DirectX11.
The following information was taken directly from the XFX product page:
  XFX HD5850
Chipset Radeon HD 5850 series
ASIC RadeonTM HD 5850 GPU
GPU Clockspeed 725MHz
Memory Clockspeed
1000MHz (4 Gbps)
Memory Interface 256bit
Bus interface PCI Express x16 (2.0)
Memory Type
Microsoft® DirectX® Support 11
Shader Model Support 5
Open GL Optimization and Support 3.2
Minimum Power Requirement 500w with 2x6pin power cables
As you can see, the GPU clockspeed is down 125MHz from 850 to 725MHz when compared to the cards bigger brother, the HD5870. The card retains the old 256bit bus interface but as we saw with the HD 5870, this is no real big issue at present despite the whopping 1GB of GDDR5 running at 4000MHz.
Let's take a look at the card itself...
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19-10-2009, 09:29:15

Link not workingQuote

19-10-2009, 09:50:36

Fixed, missed a bracket Quote

19-10-2009, 09:57:24

Damn that looks hawt

Tempting indeed, especially at that sweet-spot £200 Quote

19-10-2009, 14:51:43

Hmm, is it finally time for a worthwhile upgrade from peoples 8800GTs and GTXs.Quote

19-10-2009, 14:55:21

after looking at that I am regretting buying a 4890 last monthQuote

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