HIS Radeon HD 5850 Review

By Julio Franco · 30 replies
Oct 9, 2009
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  1. The more affordable HD 5850 shares the same technological advances as its higher-end sibling. That includes support for DirectX 11, HDMI bitstreaming, Eyefinity, angle-independent anisotropic filtering, and supersample anti-aliasing. A slightly toned down configuration, however, allows it to sell for just $260.

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  2. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    Great stuff!
    Makes me glad to be in the ATI camp again :)

    I won't be upgrading anything anytime soon though
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    I maybe an Nvidia fan (but I am also an AMD Proccessor fan) I have to give it this much that, that is a pretty impressive bit of kit, plus its size is also a god send for some of the guys I know. Overall, I think I may have to convert to ATI!
  4. Reloader2

    Reloader2 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Damn that's a hot card! I got my 4890 2 weeks before these cards came out. But damn that is a hot card.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    Excellent review - thanks!
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    This looks like a sweeter card than the 5870!

    Question: Can I Crossfire this with an HD 4870 or HD 4850?
  7. What about Supreme Commander? Am I the only one who noticed that they listed it in the benchmark info, but didn't bench it?
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Supreme Commander has been dropped and the list is updated!
  9. Yeaa... Finally, the card that can fit my cheap casing.... :)
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I really wish someone had the answer to Moiz's question. what an upgrade path it would be if you could.
  11. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    I'm thinking about this for my holiday wish list. Looks like a good deal at a good price. My only problem is that it still isn't creamy smooth in Crysis and my 8800 GTX OC is preforming well enough. I'd hope for triple digits in Crysis after waiting 2 years for a new GPU.

    Crysis is my most watched benchmark - when a card can play that game smooth on a 22" in full quality I'll be most likely able to play anything really well at full quality.

    For the past 3 card series (2xxx, 3xxx, 4xxx series / R600, R700, R800 GPU's), has prices come down but performance stayed about the same?
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ummm, boy its hard to know where to start with that 9. firstly, "creamy smooth" starts well before 100+ FPS, your eye cant detect anything over 60 FPS, secondly, if you really cant see the difference between the 2xxx series and the 5xxx series, maybe you should stick with your 8800 GTX, because its not getting anywhere near 35 FPS on high in crysis at 1680x1050 or 1920x1020. and if you purchased your card back then....you paid more for it then the 5850.
  13. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,667   +988

    Performance has definitely improved across the board in newer generation cards, but perhaps even more relevant than that, you can get a very fast card for less money today. The Radeon 5750 is a great example of this, but this wave of uber-fast mainstream cards started with the last generation of GPUs.

    As for Crysis performance, sure it's a good benchmark because it remains one (if not the most) demanding PC game out there. But at the same time PC developers have shifted their focus and today 99% of new game releases can do with less horsepower than Crysis, a two year old game.
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    not to mention that Crysis code is very inefficiently written. (i think that's what Julio just said)
  15. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Someone would have sooner but someone was super busy testing the Radeon HD 5770.

    Anyway I just tried to Crossfire the two cards but it wouldn’t work, at least not with current drivers. You could use either card of course but not both together in Crossfire mode. I will keep looking into this when I have some free time ;)
  16. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Thanks for the reply Steve. :)

    When can we expect the 5770 review? :D
  17. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    How long can you stay awake :) Its not too far away....
  18. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    The 5850 hits the sweet-spot of price and performance! Would be a lovely card to get.

    Eagerly awaiting the HD 5770 review... :D
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Erm, what? :S
  20. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I see in addition to spell check....Techspot needs a fact check.
  21. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    A grammar, syntax, punctuation and capitalization check wouldn't hurt either but no one is perfect. :)
  22. I was just wondering, what cpu heatsink are they using here? looks very nice
  23. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

  24. Thank you very much
  25. Are you on crack? The GTX295 clearly won almost every test you threw at it. Why does your conclusion state that the 5850 wins everything? Did you just phone the conclusion in?

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