Summary: 4/5 eggs on a value card! If I was judging on performance it would be a 3/5. It wasn't that big of a jump from my 5770/5750 combo, perceived... Numbers may be higher on test marks but draw rate, video setting range, and usability are roughly the same.
Pros: Price/Value 2 fit nicely in amid tower case Crossfire works
Cons: Only 1 DVI making eyefinity tricky at best and pricey if you need a HDMI adapter. Drivers didn't want to install (Had a 5770 pier)....
Summary: Not sure whether it's this card's problem or my mobo's. The AsRock M3A785GXH/128M won't wake up from either sleep(Win7) or suspension(Ubuntu). The bios will re-post and then won't recognize the card (card fan blowing full speed, blank screen).
Pros: Cheap yet good performance (WoT high setting @ 1920x1080).
Cons: 1. Only 1 DVI port. 2. Circuit board generates hissing sound under full load (FurMark @75c). 3. Compatibility issue with my motherboard (see below).
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...
Best Bang for the Buck with a few early release bugs
Jeffrey C. Fan, Amazon
24 September 2010
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.
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.
Great experience tarnished by poor, low quality fan
Captain Awesome, Amazon
23 September 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.
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.
Summary: I wish I would have waited for the next gen of Nvidia, such as the 360 (or whatever they decide to call it).
Pros: Length is shorter than most high end cards. The as of now, the price per performance of this card is much better than the equivalent Nvidia cards. Fan is fairly quiet, and keeps the card below 70C during normal gaming conditions.
Cons: The software is terrible. The anti aliasing quality doesn't come close to my old Nvidia card. V-sync doesn't seem to work right on some games like GTA4; I still get tearing even at 50+ fps. The control panel layout is poorly designed and takes more clicks than necessary to view/change settings.
Summary: If you're a gamer, buy this without hesistation. Don't even consider looking at NVIDIA. I'm a huge NVIDIA fan - but an equalivant GeForce card will run you $80 more and won't support DX11.
Pros: Obviously a very fast video card. With a decent processor, this can handle any game at max settings very easily. It's also very easy to overclock, if you wish to do-so. Plus it uses very little power & supports DX11.
Cons: Some people have the "gray screen" issue with the 5000 series cards. Fortunately, Catalyst 10.2 fixed it for me. The card also tends to run very warm...I have a HAF 922 with excellent cooling, and this hits close to 80C after a couple hours of gaming or when running Furmark.
Summary: The DIRT-2 coupon is worthless unless you are OK with Steam, which I am not. Steam installs a root kit to prevent cheat codes running on their servers. I do not purchase or use games that require Internet activation or Steam accounts to run.
Pros: Fast, smooth action. Runs a lot cooler than the HD4870 it replaced. I like the power saving feature when not running games. It's nice to have over 2 teraflops of power at my beck and call. This card is the same length as the HD4870, which can be a concern with the HD5870's longer length.
Cons: No more video out for making tapes on these new video cards. Hooking up a third monitor is expensive, an active Display port to DVI adapter, or a Display Port Monitor is required to get three monitors running. A big desk is nice too. ATI say that cheaper adapters are coming soon.