Product: Sapphire Radeon HD5850 1GB
Company: Sapphire
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: November 10th, 2009
Sapphire Radeon HD5850 1GB Review

The good folk at Sapphire sent us their implementation of the still hard to find HD5850 card, based on the AMD ATI reference design.  In this article, we will cover the Sapphire HD5850's general performance as a gaming, compute and media card in an AM3 Athlon II system.

Sapphire is "ATI's largest and best performing partner, worldwide" per Dave Orton, ATI's former CEO. Video board production can reach in excess of 1.8 million units per month, with Sapphire being the major manufacturer for the ATI board used by most tier 1 OEMs worldwide.

The AMD ATI Radeon HD5850 was launched on September 23rd, 2009 along with its big brother the HD5870 - both featuring the world's first DirectX 11 GPUs.

AMD ATi Radeon HD5850
AMD ATi Radeon HD5850

Product Highlights

  • MSRP - $269

  • 40nm Cypress core featuring 2.15Bn transistors

  • DirectX 11 / Shader Model 5.0 / OpenCL 1.0

  • Core Clock: 725MHz with 1440 Stream Processors

  • 2.09TFLOPs Compute Performance

  • Memory Clock: 1000MHz (4000MHz effective)

  • Memory Interface: 1024MB 256bit GDDR5

  • PCIe 2.1 x16 interface (backwards compatible with PCIe 1.0)

  • 9.5 (24cm) length

  • Dual Slot Cooler with Auto Fan Control

  • Two 2x3 rear PCIe power connectors

  • I/O Output: Dual DL-DVII+DP+HDMI, Triple Display Support

  • 27W idle / 170W load power consumption

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