Summary: With the price drops I decided to spend (less) money and buy a second 5850 to run in cross fire on my computer - so now I have two of these cards running. It seems to run fast but I haven't pushed it too hard - I have been playing Civ 5 with all the settings on max (anti aliasing) and so far the cross fire seems to handle this with little effort. One word of advice - download the latest driver from ATI or through Steam or some other gateway.
Summary: I've purchased this from amazon and am rather happy with it. However, I must warn you that it's not a great overclocker. If you're looking for even more gains, consider the reference model. I choose this specifically because it has better cooling than the reference 5850. The only problem with the sapphire 5850 is that you are unable to tweak the voltage without doing a pencil mod- therefore I had to deduct a star.
Great experience tarnished by poor, low quality fan
Captain Awesome "CptAwesomeTT", Amazon
10 June 2010
Summary: I picked up 2 of these in December 2k9/January 2k10 for less than $300 a piece (which was a steal back then, even now). I was (and still am) impressed by the performance of two of these cards in crossfire paired with an overclocked i7 920 and 6gb of memory. Battlefield Bad Company 2 never drops below 100fps running at 19x10, all settings maxed on my 40" tv. Everything I throw at these cards get shewed out mercilessly. I could not be happier with their performance.
Summary: Bought the Sapphire card after reading reviews of past products. The problem is not with Sapphire, card runs quiet, it is with AMD/ATI. The problem is that I reloaded and updated Stalker Clear sky, a great test game. Set settings to maximum and to use DX 10.1. The game consistantly went blank. Reset to DX 9 and had no problems. The card does do great with Photoshop and Cyberlink video rendering. There is a vast improvement over my old 3870 card.
Best Bang for the Buck with a few early release bugs
Jeffrey C. Fan, Amazon
8 November 2009
Summary: Pros: -The 5800 series are the fastest single GPU gaming cards in the world. Not to be compared to the X2 cards or the GTX295, which are dual GPU on a single card. -DirectX 11 support. Ready for the next generation of games. -5850 has a much higher price/performance ratio than the 5870. -Cheaper yet slightly faster than it's competitor, the GTX 285 -Loaded with features.
Excerpt: Carte encore assez performante pour les jeux pas trop récents, mais pas en mode Ultra. 70€ par rapport au prix des nouvelles carte de même catégorie, c'est encore un peu chère (04/2014). Carte reçue en très bonne état.
Excerpt: Hace un par de semanas que adquirí una 5850 refurbished y, comparado con el rendimiento de la nvidia 9500 gt que venía utilizando hasta ahora, la mejora es sustancial. Hay una serie de consideraciones que creo conveniente comentar: - Precisa de una fuente de alimentación de al menos 600 W.
Cons: Cierta sonoridad ventilador a altas revoluciones, sin que sea insoportable