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.
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.
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
Conclusion: Mit der HD 5850 Toxic 2GB Grafikkarte hat Sapphire eine durchweg gute Karte im Portfolio, die im Vergleich zur völlig ausreichenden Performance eine gute Leistungsaufnahme zu Tage legt. Die 2GB Grafikspeicher bieten zwar zuweilen leichte Vorteile in hohen Qualitätsstufen, aber hier muss jeder Anwender selbst entscheiden, ob ein Aufpreis von rund 45,00 Euro zur 1GB Toxic Variante dafür gerechtfertigt ist.
Pros: Performance, Kühlleistung
Cons: Stromanschlüsse Rückwärtig, Kein Spiel im Lieferumfang