Summary: 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.
Conclusion: The main conclusion of teaming up the two different ASUS cards is that it worked without conditions. Both cards, even though they follow different designs and run at different default frequencies, were in perfect harmony when it came down to CrossfireX.
Conclusion: The heat is on, everybody in the AMD camp is allowed to recklessly squeeze out the maximum performance out of their offerings with the aid of custom designs that are part performance-enhancing, part cost-saving.
Conclusion: 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 the same time it is super quiet.
Summary: I can only applaud ASUS for their implementation of their EAH5850 TOP DirectCU. The card performed flawlessly in almost all our tests. The included overclock out of the box can give the card a performance boost of about 3% which is justified considering the price increase of $10.
Pros: Overclocked out of the box, Justified price, Very quiet in idle and load, Software voltage control, Native HDMI output, GDDR5 memory, DirectX 11 support, Increased Overdrive limits, Black PCB and cooler look good, Support for AMD EyeFinity Technology, Native HDMI & DisplayPort, Improvements to in...
Cons: Higher power draw than HD 5850 reference, Only one DVI output (HDMI to DVI adapter included though), Cooler not as visually pleasing as reference design cooler, DirectX 11 won't be relevant for quite a while, No support for CUDA / PhysX
ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 Video Card Review
23 November 2009
Summary: I really don't know what to think about the ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 video card. I do read other reviews, and as far as I can tell, it should be playing second fiddle only to its slightly more powerful sibling, the HD 5870.
Pros: Excellent bundle, Solidly built card, Second only to 5870 is terms of raw specs, Overclocking and Voltage Tweak abilities out of the box, Price
Conclusion: The screenshot above gives some information regarding the actual test performed in each of the sub-tests. Feature Tests 2, 4 and 5 (Color Fill, GPU Flag and GPU Particles ) are the still show the 4890 Crossfire combo ahead in the game but no matter what, the overclocked EAH 5850 is smoking fast.
Conclusion: Now we are throwing in a graphics card that is not even the top performer but a “Pro” version of the almighty RADEON 5870, missing some of the stream processors and ROPs and throttled back severely on the frequency scales for memory and engine.