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Have put this 5850 through its paces and then some - currently playing Metro 2033 u 1920x1200 'Very High' detail and I find no reason to lower the setting - it just EATS through whatever I throw at it. Card cools exceptionally well with fan between 35 and 40% (under full-load). The online download of Dirt2 was an excellent bonus (why I chose this model) as it's a great, fun, game.
I won't lie: I've been a hardcore Nvidia fan since the TNT2 - but since I purchased an AMD system, I figured I'd round it off with this beast. The review sites don't lie, it's as fast as they say it is, the driver package is nice and intuitive (not like ATI drivers of yesteryear) and the price point is perfect.
Sick card, plays everything smoothly at 1920x1200 with max detail except for games like Crysis etc. Stock cooler is a bit loud when idle, but quieter than most at load. Replaced mine with an Twin Turbo (had to use my own fans and bend the fins to avoid the DVI box cover).
Overall, I'm very satisfied of this card. i upgraded from a GeForce 7600 silent to this MONSTER !! It's simply incredible. i con't wait to get my Displayport / DVI to try the Eyefinity on 3 X 17inches LCD I'm happy !
I bought this card in October as soon as I saw it in stock and experienced quite possibly the biggest graphical leap known to computers (from integrated ATI 3300).
Looking at the insane performance of this card and how much it cost me, I think I could have worked with the smaller and cheaper 5770. The upside to this is that I probably won`t need to change cards for years now.
I was so excited , I opened the box had a look at the contents and Quickly Used the DIRT 2 coupon on my Computer while my older card was still in the machine, as it was a very large download and I wasnt gonna install the 5850 till later that night. I got home from work and Uninstalled older card (3870)cleaned all drivers and Installed the 5850 fresh. Turned the power button on , waited to sign on and my Computer rebooted by itself.I restarted the computer and thought maybe it was a small glitch and the Computer Rebooted again soon as the password Screen / Windows Tune played.Fustrated now I restarted the computer again , and this time I was able to log into Windows , and the Card was finaly recognized, so I of course tried a Run at 3DMark to see what kinda score this new card would get and I was very very happy it scored 18,940 with no Overclocking of any sort on my Computer or GPU.I then tried COD Modern Warfare 2 and soon as it tried to load same issue again Computer rebooted and when it restarted my computer said there was no driver installed again and back to 800x600 resolution. I repeated this about a dozen times , but my computer will not recognize or install drivers for this card. I have sent this Card back to NCIX extremely fustrated as I was supposed to get an ASUS but opted to have Powercolor as they were in stock.** Iam Extremley Satisified with NCIX response with this issue as iam Very new to any form of RMA or returns like this**. Unfortunatley I jumped the gun and had the Card Expressed shipped Purolator that I payed for not realizing that they would have Paid for it (collect) and I have to call in tomorrow to tell them to pull out the DIRT 2 Coupon from my new card to use with the RMA Card. Not sure if I just had bad luck with a Bad Card or its something common with Powercolor ?? I am very excited to get my new card and Most definatley happy with NCIX Customer service so far.....lets see how they handle the DIRT 2 Coupon issue tho 1st
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