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ATI Radeon HD 5850


$270.00 Released September, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:DirectX 11 compatible. ATI Eyefinity - supports triple display setups on a single card. Shorter in length than the monster 5870.

The Cons:Poor availability and price gouging since its introduction. High price. Powerful card demands large amounts of energy under load (requires dual 6-pin PCIe power connections).

The ATI Radeon HD 5850 is a high-end graphics card released in September 2009. Supporting up to three displays, the 1GB GDDR5 GPU incorporates a long list of advanced technologies, including ATI Stream, enabling large-scale parallel processing, and ATI CrossFireX, which provides scalability with multi-GPU support.

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The HD 5850 is also one of the first cards to support DirectX 11. It is a minor step down from the top-of-the-line model, the HD 5870, which offers even higher clock frequencies and memory bandwidth.

Features

  • 1 GB GDDR5 memory (128.0GB/s memory bandwidth)
  • 2.15 billion 40nm transistors
  • 1440 stream processor units
  • 2.09TFLOP processing power
  • 725MHz engine clock
  • DirectX 11
  • PCI Express 2.1
  • OpenGL 3.2
  • ATI Eyefinity multi-display capability
  • ATI Stream parallel processing
  • ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU support
  • ATI PowerPlay power management
  • 151W maximum board power
  • 27W idle board power

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Pros
  • 4

    DirectX 11 compatible

  • 4

    ATI Eyefinity - supports triple display setups on a single card

  • 4

    shorter in length than the monster 5870

  • 4

    can play all the latest games at full resolutions with all the effects

  • 3

    dual DVI output, DisplayPort, HDMI

  • 2

    built on the latest 40nm fabrication process - cheaper, more energy efficient, produces less heat, allows for faster / more powerful chips

  • 2

    comes with 1GB of the latest and greatest DDR5 memory

  • 2

    sips power and remains cool at idle

  • 2

    improved stock cooling solution from previous generations - keeps the card cool while not being overly loud

Cons
  • 3

    poor availability and price gouging since its introduction

  • 2

    high price

  • 0

    powerful card demands large amounts of energy under load (requires dual 6-pin PCIe power connections)

  • -3

    fan noise

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