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Written by Hanners   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 05:00
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Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic 1GB video card review
Radeon HD 5800 architecture
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic
Test setup, synthetic benchmarks
STALKER: Call of Pripyat, ET:QW
Left 4 Dead, Crysis
DiRT 2, HAWX
Far Cry 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum
Overclocking, video playback
Power, temperature, noise
Conclusions

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic 1GB video card review

Truth be told, if we had to pick out our favourite Radeon HD 5000 series graphics board so far, our eyes would quickly be drawn towards the Radeon HD 5850, which offers more than enough performance for all but the most demanding of users while still costing less than AMD's flagship Radeon HD 5870 and 5970 parts.  While the rumoured release of a Radeon HD 5830 might change those emotions at a later date, for now there's still a lot to love about this slightly stripped-down version of the Cypress GPU.

While we've seen plenty of both reference and factory overclocked efforts appear from the usual AIB partner suspects since this card launched, it is perhaps predictable that it's Sapphire who have turned up with the most exciting Radeon HD 5850 design so far, which it introduces today as a new member of its "Toxic" series.  With some decent factory overclocks and one of the firm's much-loved Vapor-X vapour chamber coolers, there's plenty to grab our attention before we've even lovingly opened the box in which our sample arrived.  Can the card itself live up to our early excitement?  Well, read on with our review and you might just find out...


 
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