Product: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5850 Toxic
Company: Sapphire
Authour: James 'caveman-jim' Prior
Editor: Charles 'Lupine' Oliver
Date: February 18th, 2010
Summary & Conclusions

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Across the board the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 TOXIC is better than the reference design: improved cooling, improved noise levels and improved performance; the design and components offer a great platform for serious overclockers. Interestingly, our gaming tests show more improvements on the Sapphire original design HD 5850 TOXIC over the reference design in DirectX 11 titles. The bundled peripherals and software cover the basics of what you need, including ArcSoft's SimHD plug-in for instant messengers to give near HD quality webcam video. The price/performance ratio of the original HD 5850 was awesome, and despite the adjusted base card prices, and the TOXIC's premium over it, this is still the best bang/buck enthusiast card.

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Award
Award
Rage3D awards the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 TOXIC 4 1/2 stars! If you're an overclocker, or crossfire user, this is definitely the design for you. If you just want out-of-the-box BANG you won't be disappointed. Throwing in a 50% off coupon for a Sapphire DisplayPort active adapter would have been nice and, with this level enthusiast card where an included title is expected, given the massive push DiRT2 received for the Cypress launch we're left wishing an AvP Steam key was included as well. 


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