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Sapphire HD 5850 Review

ccokeman    -   October 15, 2009
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Testing:

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:

  • 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.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Far Cry 2
  8. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  11. Testing: Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  12. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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