Test of the Ati Radeon HD 5850

Radeon HD 5850 reviewed: The DirectX 11 bargain

Is the Radeon HD 5850 able to live up the hype as a DX11 bargain graphics card in our review? Have a look at our testing.
Ati Radeon HD 5850 reviewed
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Although the Radeon HD 5850 had been launched together with the HD 5870 (see Radeon HD 5870 reviewed) last week, both cards are not available yet. According to AMD this is coning to change soon. PC Games Hardware received two samples of the Radeon HD 5850 and put the cards to the test.

Radeon HD 5850: Specifications
The Radeon HD 5850 is a full DirectX 11 card, but in difference to the bigger HD 5870 it has a lower calculation power: While the HD 5870 has 1600 Shader units and 80 texture units, the HD 5850 is shipped with 1440 respectively 72 of those units. Besides that the frequencies have been set to 725/2000 MHz (HD 5870: 800/2400 MHz).

* Single values don't necessarily doubled with a multi GPU setup.
** Value represent sum of both Write-Clocks of GDDR5
*** 8-Pin connector required

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Author: Vötter, Sauter (Sep 30, 2009)

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