- by David_W @Sep 23, 2009
ATI Radeon™ HD 5850
STEP INTO OUR REALITY
Taking 3 enormous steps towards realistic gaming, the The XFX Radeon HD 5850
with Eyefinity Technology, gives the first-ever wrap-around in-picture experiece
to fully immerse yourself in the game, or maximize 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.
1GB GDDR5 memory
ATI Eyefinity technology with support for up to three displays (1,3)
Window 7 support
ATI Sream technology (2)
Designed for DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL
Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT) (2,4)
Compliant with DirectX® 11 and earlier revisions
Supports OpenGL 3.2
40 nm Process technology
ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance (5)
ATI Avivo™ HD video and display technology (6,7)
Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay™ technology (6)
Display Port, HDMI, 2xDL-DVI
PCI Express® 2.0 support
(1) Driver version 8.66 (Catalyst 9.10) or above is required to support ATI
Eyefinity technology and to enable a third display you require one panel with a
(2) Requires application support for ATI stream technology.
(3) ATI Eyefinity technology works with games that support non-standard
aspect ratios which is required for spanning across three displays
(4) Digital rights management restrictions may apply.
(5) ATI CrossFireX™ technology requires an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard,
an ATI CrossFireX™ Bridge Interconnect(s) and may require a specialized power
(6) ATI PowerPlay™, ATI Avivo™ and ATI Stream are technology platforms that
include a broad set of capabilities offered by certain XFX Radeon™ HD GPUs. Not
all products have all features and full enablement of some capabilities and may
require complementary products.
(7) HD capable display required.
Minimum Power Supply Requirement:
500W with two 6-pin power cable
HDMI, Dual-Link DVI
" x " x "
Directx 11 support, DirectCompute 5.0, Open CL,
Eyefinity Technology, Shader Model 5.0, OpenGL 3.2, Windows 7, DisplayPort,
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A few comments regarding this card. I bought this card a few weeks ago and had trouble installing the latest Catalyst software from ATI. The software was installed completely, but Catalyst Center doesn't run afterward. Yen when I download and install just the video driver, it works.
Got this card for my new gaming rig pretty recently. Card price was right in my budget range, and definitely the best card under 400. The stock model is fine, as I easily clocked this card higher than the XXX or Black editions with no problems whatsoever.
Card itself performs exactly the way I had hoped, runs my games with all the settings on high on my TV (running at 1920x1080) and everything is smooth and looks great, can't ask for much more here. Card itself is highly quiet, doesn't make a sound when the card is at idle and is barely noticeable on full load. A great change from my Palit 8800GT Sonic. I have to admit that I never liked ATI's drivers and I still don't. Never could get a good image from the HDMI connection (when I finally did get an image, it ended up washed out) so I'm back to my DVI/HDMI cable. Strangest thing is that the image isn't full screen (to fix this, there is an option to "zoom" the desktop) and that makes you wonder just how often this problem happens on ATI's drivers since their solution is to put a zoom in there, that's a problem I never had in all my years with NVIDIA drivers.
So, if you want a great card that works really well in your games and you don't mind ATI's drivers, I HIGHLY recommend you to get this card! I'll buy more of them to use in CrossFire as soon as I have enough $$$!!!
Well it's a HD 5850 so it's a sick gaming card for 1920x1200. But you will likely never get this card as XFX is only shipping the Black version for some stupid reason. If you want a regular 5850 you'll have to buy one of the cheaper brands with poor warranties.
The Radeon 5850.. Where should I start? Apart from the fact that it has a DOUBLE LIFETIME warranty which means if you ever sell it that person has full coverage too, it is simply the most amazing card I've ever even touched.
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