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6pin and 8pin
Overclocked out of the box.
Very quiet in idle and load.
Software voltage control.
Native HDMI output.
DirectX 11 support.
Increased Overdrive limits.
Black PCB and cooler look good.
Support for AMD EyeFinity Technology.
Only 1 DVI port.
Higher power draw than HD 5850 reference.
Cooler not as visually pleasing as reference design cooler.
DirectX 11 won't be relevant for quite a while.
No support for CUDA / PhysX.
By Hardware Secrets on September 22, 2010
In most games and simulations we’ve ran, the ASUS EAH5850 TOP achieved performance similar to the standard Radeon HD 5850. The times it was faster, the advantage wasn’t of statistical relevance. The reviewed model from ASUS was up to 7%...
By Hardware Canucks on September 08, 2010
It is great to see ATIs board partners still releasing products which breathe new life into the HD 5800-series. By now, the HD 5850 really should be showing its age and yet here it is in overclocked form breathing down the neck of the GTX 470...
By iXBT Labs on August 31, 2010
ASUS EAH5850 TOP is a very interesting lower high-end solution. It has 10% higher clock rates, which actually provide 5% more performance. However, this solution can also be overclocked (extremely, too),...
By Vortez on August 06, 2010
The ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP is an excellent graphics card. Some could say that the HD5850 is a crippled version of the high end HD5870 and that the former should not be considered in the same league. But our results today show that the difference...
By Motherboards.org on June 29, 2010
The ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 video card has several things going for it that other HD 5850 cards do not have. First feature is the DIRECTCU copper heatpipes that are in direct contact with the graphics chip. This allows the card to run much...
By BrightHub on May 03, 2010
The ASUS Radeon 5850 Direct CU is a very, very impressive card. The overclock which could be achieved with it was stunning. It would be nice to have a Radeon 5870 to compare it to, because at these clock speeds the Radeon 5850 should be able to...
By PCStats on April 30, 2010
The Radeon HD 5850 is a winner for both ATI and enthusiasts. It's the rare videocard that manages to balance price, 3D performance, features and power usage, resulting in a total package that will satisfy almost any gaming enthusiast. ATI's...
By Legit Reviews on April 26, 2010
The ASUS EAH5850 TOP is an incredible value for the gamer wanting to play the latest games. With a "modest" $339 price tag, a custom GPU cooler, and overclocking performance that gives the $500 cards a run for their money, this card should be on...
By Bjorn3D on April 12, 2010
In conclusion this card performed well above our expectations. Asus has implemented lots of really great and extremely useful features into this card. Starting with the aftermarket cooler, this card runs extremely cool for a high end GPU but also at...
By Overclock3D on April 09, 2010
Phew. That was a lot of testing.One of the things that became apparent very quickly was that the extra headroom allowed by the better cooling, which gave a better overclock, meant this was definitely going to come out on top. In some ways that made...
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