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Sapphire HD 5850
8.2 out of 10

Sapphire HD 5850

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Reviews and Problems with Sapphire HD 5850

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Overall 2
2.0

Card bartley outlives warranty

Daniel R., Newegg
21 January 2013
  • Summary: Sapphire only warrants their work for 2 years for a reason. I had good luck with them on a previous card but the warranty was longer back then. The shorter warranty shows the lack of faith in their own product.
  • Pros: Card was reasonably priced and ran great for 25 months.
  • Cons: 25 months happens to be one longer than the warranty. Car started exhibiting strange behavior with screen shut offs followed by full fan speed spinup. Sometimes this would happen at boot, other times it would happen under only desktop load after a short while of windows operation. Card now no lon...
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2.0

Sapphire is not a company to trust.

Steven, Newegg
13 March 2012
  • Summary: I will never buy a Sapphire card again, and I would recommend that nobody else buy one either.
  • Pros: It was a nice video card, while it lasted.
  • Cons: Video card died after 20 months. Customer support was difficult to reach, but eventually replaced the card. Replacement card died after six months, and now they refuse to cover the card. If you have problems, Sapphire is not going to be your friend, and will not help you any more than they must. ...
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Overall 2
2.0

If you like blue screens, buy this product!

Joseph, Amazon
24 August 2010
  • Summary: I am extremely unhappy with this product. If I had not thrown away the box (I don't know why I did that) I would have returned it. The problem is that I have literally not been able to play a single game without it blue-screening my computer. I have done a memory test and my RAM is fine...
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2.0

DON"T BUY, im serious

gustavo r., Newegg
21 April 2010
  • Summary: Windows 7- 64bit. I can't return the card. i'll deal with it. I'll sell mine for half price used. any takers.
  • Pros: I can be an outstanding video card. except.
  • Cons: Awful driver software, causing constant blue screen. Updates on the web, add to the problem. Too many problems and patches needed.
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Overall 2
2.0

Disappointing

Anthony E., Newegg
22 February 2010
  • Summary: I really wanted a 5850 :(
  • Pros: exciting opening the box!!!
  • Cons: my new build wouldnt boot up it would just make my cpu fan scream loud and spin FAST!! so i dont know what the deal was i sent it back and newegg is refunding with no prob.
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Overall 2
2.0

VERY Misleading Advertising for Eyefinity; Lousy 2d acceleration/refresh

Heliopolis, Amazon
10 February 2010
  • Summary: For those of you hoping to run 3 monitors with this card - BEWARE!!! The main reason I bought the card is for Eyefinity - ATI's multi-monitor feature. I thought I understood what I needed to run 3 monitors from researching ATI's website.
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2.0

Won't be purchasing another ATI

Anonymous, Newegg
10 February 2010
  • Summary: For those of you hoping to run 3 monitors with this card - BEWARE!!! A DisplayPort monitor (~$500+ purchase) is for all intents -REQUIRED- to run 3 monitors off this card. The other option is to shell out an additional $100 for an active DiplayPort to DVI adapter, but that would not have worked with...
  • Pros: Eyefinity = nice idea, poorly executed
  • Cons: -Eyefinity for 3 displays REQUIRES a DisplayPort Monitor (see below) -Lousy 2d acceleration/refresh -- search for Tom's Hardware benchmarks of this card for 2d acceleration in the article "2D, Acceleration, And Windows: Aren't All Graphics Cards Equal?" ATI's 5850 and 5870 failed *horribly* again...
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Jeremy S., Newegg
3 February 2010
  • Summary: PC = 1. ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard 2. SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity 3. Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 4.
  • Pros: The Card Looked Great On Paper.
  • Cons: I had a 9800GTX Asus Card in my old PC and was very impressed. I can't say the same for this card. My new PC interior is with my other thoughts take a look. Any communication on this would be great. I have an RMA on its way...so I'm hope it's just a bad apple.
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Overall 2
2.0

Crashing issues

Collin F., Newegg
30 January 2010
  • Summary: I've taken the suggestion of some people on the ATI forums and downclocked my card slighty. So far that seems to have eliminated the crashes, but there's no reason I should have to run a card at below stock frequencies.
  • Pros: Powerful Quiet Low heat
  • Cons: Before you but this or any ATI card, do yourself a favor and read up on the vertical line crashing issues. Once again ATI can't seem to write a stable driver and it's crashing systems everywhere. If you want system stability, go with nvidia.
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2.0

32-bit Problems!

Scott C., Newegg
29 January 2010
  • Summary: I will re-score my review once I have a solution to the 32-bit color depth artifacting problem.
  • Pros: Only tried it with WoW so far, but it looks great. Max settings in 25-man raiding still pulls over 40 fps.
  • Cons: I'm having small green artifacts appearing when I run the desktop in 32-bit color depth mode. It can run 16-bit or 24-bit (WoW) perfectly fine with no anomalies, but the second I switch to 32-bit depth, green confetti! =( Somewhat a long card with the power connections in the rear, make sure your...
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