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Sapphire HD 5850 Review

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Featuring all-new game tests, this benchmark is for use with Vista based systems. "There are two all-new CPU tests that have been designed around a new 'Physics and Artificial Intelligence-related computation.' CPU test two offers support for physics related hardware." There are four preset levels that correspond to specific resolutions. 'Entry' is 1024x768 progressing to 'Extreme' at 1920x1200. Of course, each preset can be modified to arrange any number of user designed testing. For our testing, I will use the four presets at all default settings.


  • Settings (each preset): Default
  • Entry: 1024x768
  • Performance: 1280x1024
  • High: 1680x1050
  • Extreme: 1920x1200












The Sapphire HD 5850 out-performs the Matrix 285 in all four resolutions with only the HD 5870 and GTX 295 showing significant performance margins above it. The 4870x2 has a hard time staying ahead of the 5850 at all four resolutions. Now that is a scary proposition when a single GPU card priced significantly lower throws up that kind of performance. Although you can overclock the HD4870x2, the fact that a there is a $150 price difference for similar performance with the 5850 means there really is no need to pay that $150 penalty anymore.


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