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XFX HD 5850 Review

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To test the XFX HD 5850, the card will be used in a range of games and benchmarks to see how well it performs against other competitive products. The games consist of Far Cry 2, Crysis Warhead, Darkest of Days, Call of Duty World at War, Warhammer 40,000 DOW II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, Left 4 Dead, and the benchmarks are 3DMark 06 and 3DMark Vantage. After running the card normally through the testing phase, the video card will then be overclocked and then retested. The results of the overclocked and stock speed performance can then be compared to see how large of a gain (if any) is made. All of the system settings remain the same from card to card and test to test, with the exception of disabling PhysX for Nvidia cards on 3DMark Vantage.


Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked settings:

  • XFX HD 5850 1000/1210

Overclocking the 5850 was easier than it was to overclock the XFX HD 5870. Voltage control was the same as with the XFX HD 5870, so the highest overclock I tried for was 1GHz on the GPU core and 1210 MHz on the GDDR5 memory. A relative overclock of about 38% on the GPU core and 21% on the memory - both fantastic overclocks. AMD GPU Tool did have some options for voltage, but just what was in the BIOS and not any over-voltage options. The card easily exceeded the ATI Catalyst Control Centers maximum values for both the GPU core and memory speeds, so, AMD GPU Tool and MSI Afterburner were used in conjunction - GPU Tool for overclocking and MSI Afterburner for fan speed control. GPU-Z was also useful for temperature and speed statistics, the average idle temperature was around the mid-thirties Celcius, load overclocked temperatures reached low and mid 60's. GPU-Z 0.3.6 supports the 5850 as well.



  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Darkest of Days
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Warhammer 40,000 DOW II
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. Resident Evil 5
  8. Left 4 Dead
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage


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