The other 5850's on Newegg are ~180 and this Sapphire seems to be a brand new card. All the stats look right, but I can't help but think this is somehow a neutered version... anyone have any benches/insight on this thing? If it really is a true 5850 it's a great price/performance ratio.
review When we started this review we knew the HD5850 would perform well, but we were curious how it would stand up against the current generation cards. As it turns out, surprisingly well. The HD5850 is priced to compete with Nvidia’s GTX 550 Ti and the HD 6850. In almost every test it outperformed the 550, some by a considerable amount. The performance numbers even have it above the HD 6850 overclocked version pushing performance near what we see from the $200+ cards. For those of you who are willing to go with a previous gen card, the HD 5850 Xtreme from Sapphire is a diamond in the rough for gaming performance!
Yeah, I also couldn't believe the price. I got it from newegg @ $151 USD including shipping and tax. It is arriving in a couple of days. The main difference from the other 5850 cards is the size. This one is like 8.5 inches. And the Sapphire Xtreme has 1 DVI, HDMI and Display Port, instead of having two DVI ports.