Excerpt: Sapphire Radeon HD5850 1GB Review Sapphire The good folk at Sapphire sent us their implementation of the still hard to find HD5850 card, based on the AMD ATI reference design. In this article, we will cover the Sapphire HD5850 's general performance as a gaming, compute and media card in an AM3 Athlon II system. Sapphire is "ATI's largest and best performing partner, worldwide" per Dave Orton, ATI's former CEO.
Conclusion: If you're on a tight budget but still want a good, rich gaming experience then this is the card for you. If the Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme is still a little rich for you budget, then there's always the HD5830 Xtreme, another capable card but this time around it carries a price tag of just £83.99 (inc VAT) instead of the original £200.
Excerpt: I'm not sure what word I would use to describe what came to mind when I heard that Sapphire was going to be re-releasing the HD 5850 and HD 5830 to the market. First I wondered, why? - But the answer to that would be nothing more than excess cores that need to go.
Summary: Although not nearly the most powerful card on the market, this is by far the best performance you can ask for based on what you are spending, I personally feel this card will create a ripple in prices throughout the video card market as consumers will begin to expect more for their money.
Conclusion: ATI has hit a home run with the HD 5800 series as the cards are the fastest single chip solutions on the market for most applications and the full compliance with DirectX 11 allows you to have a sense of future-proofing more than any other card on the market today. You have two choices with the HD 5800 series, the HD 5870 and the HD 5850 both separated by nearly $100.
Conclusion: Sapphire's Toxic cards are a popular choice for those seeking an overclocked card out of the box and the HD5850 should only aid that popularity. Not only faster than the reference design, it's just so much quieter in operation, so offering a good blend of performance and low noise. Add to the mix a price that isn't that much more than the standard card and it's hard to find fault with the HD5850 Toxic edition.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 beat the 1GB GTX 260 quite soundly in every test. The overclock gave me more of a performance boost than I would have expected from a 5% overclock, in all but one test the gains were significant. Even in the other test, a gain of 1 FPS is about what I’d expect from a small overclock, so even it isn’t anything to sneeze at.
Pros: The highest performance yet for a midrange gaming card, Twoheatpipe cooler is very effective, Silent fan, Even a small overclock gave a significant performance boost
Excerpt: We love the HD 5870s and that's a problem for ATI because we expect to feel that same kind of passion for the HD 5850. If we don't there will be heck to pay, heck I tell you. Today marks the day of our first HD 5850 landing in our labs. The first company to make it out of the gates? Well, it was the same one that made it out of the HD 5870 gates, Sapphire.
Excerpt: Sapphire have decided to re-release two of AMD’s last generation range of cards – the HD5830 and HD5850, but this time around they are offering them with a modified cooler and heavily reduced pricing. When we say heavily reduced, we really do mean it. The HD5850 ‘Xtreme’ has been reduced from an original price of £250 to £99 inc vat and the HD5830 ‘Xtreme’ from £200 to £80 inc vat.
Following in the only slightly larger footprints of the sizzling 5870 graphics card comes this downscaled version, the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB
Good Gear Guide.au
26 September 2010
Summary: The Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB boasts plenty of power, with many of the same features as the 5870. The clincher, though, is the price. Four hundred dollars is fantastic for a card hard on the heels of a GTX 295 or HD 5870. If you're shopping anywhere near to this price point, nothing tops the ATI HD 5850.
Pros: Excellent value for money, good performance
Cons: Less well-equipped for future use than more expensive cards