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5850 review (for those considering one)

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October 24, 2009 8:44:31 PM

Just installed and test drove my new Sapphire HD5850.

I have used nvidia in every system until now, I had a bad experience with a BFG GTX285 OC, which was flashed with the wrong bios. they were on sale at best buy for $249, which is why I impulsively got it cant find a 285 for less than $320 anywhere else. It was factory overclocked beyond the specs on the box, which caused problems, I didnt feel like manually having to tweak it to get it to function properly and dealing with Multiple future rma's, so the 5850 was recommended to me.

purchased the Sapphire HD 5850 from tigerdirect for $269 (new egg only had one 5850 for $289 at the time I ordered)

So far its great ran it in fallout 3, modern warfare, empire total war, OFP: DR, and ARMA II. 3dmark 06 score a hair above 18100. (which is better than the 17300 score w/GTX 285 when I was testing it). was able to max all of them out and run smoothly, I havent popped up riva tuner to record actual frames, but I didnt see anything noticeable (although with modern warfare I was able to max that out on my 8800GT without any noticeable frame drop). FO3 would stutter on my 9800GTX, no longer...all smooth sailing. Image quality on everything is great, so far having a good time with it.

As for my first serious foray into the world of ATI cards I must admit I am impressed. At this price point, you cant really beat this card.

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October 24, 2009 10:03:15 PM

The price to performance angle has been a serious benefit for ATi since the release of the HD 4000 series and they've thankfully kept that strategy going with the HD 5000 series.
October 25, 2009 5:03:36 AM

Thanks for the info tsd16 !
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October 25, 2009 5:50:16 AM

whats ur cpu cauz if its phenom pls do some benchies.
October 26, 2009 6:55:35 AM

rescawen said:
whats ur cpu cauz if its phenom pls do some benchies.


i7 920.
October 26, 2009 9:28:30 AM

The thing I am the most interested in regarding this card is the temperature it gets to when playing really intensive GPU games. My reference 4870 even after cleaning and with the fan at 55% still gets to 84 degrees in WoW. I know that the temperature is acceptable, but the problem is that the CPU gets hotter when the GPU is hot so that would be my interest. Also, for better understanding of the readings can you please tell me what case you have? :)  Thank you.
October 26, 2009 9:46:15 AM

I used a 5870 in a build recently and so I got to tinker with it. I noticed that it did run hot, but the ambient temperature wasn't effected as much as I thought it would, maybe a bit less than a 4890.
November 2, 2009 2:55:53 AM

hallowed_dragon said:
The thing I am the most interested in regarding this card is the temperature it gets to when playing really intensive GPU games. My reference 4870 even after cleaning and with the fan at 55% still gets to 84 degrees in WoW. I know that the temperature is acceptable, but the problem is that the CPU gets hotter when the GPU is hot so that would be my interest. Also, for better understanding of the readings can you please tell me what case you have? :)  Thank you.



When i game I generally manually set the fan speed. Just to be safe. on 60% fan speed during intensive gaming I dont see it pop above 55c.
November 2, 2009 10:57:58 AM

tsd16 said:
When i game I generally manually set the fan speed. Just to be safe. on 60% fan speed during intensive gaming I dont see it pop above 55c.


Thanks for the info.
January 30, 2010 12:37:01 AM

hallowed_dragon said:
Thanks for the info.

I also have the EAH5850 and when I game with headphones I crank the fan manually to 75 to 100% and the highest temp I've seen playing Crysis after two hours was 58. I use a I7920 at 3.39 with a Gigabyte UD3 board and a Raidmax Smilodon case
January 31, 2010 7:40:30 PM

2 x 5850's overclocked to 850/1200 - I would say the typical is now 70-75C in a game where GPUz reports GPU utilization always above 90% (typically crysis). Borderlands rarely gts above 75% gpu utilization for me. Both cards flashed with 5870 bios (for the higher voltage). I have had it to 900/1200 but its consistently running 80-85C+. I manually set the fan speed to 70% with profiles.

Without overclocking I never saw it above 55C with fans at auto.
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