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The ATI Radeon HD 5850 is a high-end graphics card released in September 2009.

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Pros

ATI Eyefinity - supports triple display setups on a single card

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can play all the latest games at full resolutions with all the effects

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shorter in length than the monster 5870

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DirectX 11 compatible

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dual DVI output, DisplayPort, HDMI

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sips power and remains cool at idle

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improved stock cooling solution from previous generations - keeps the card cool while not being overly loud

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comes with 1GB of the latest and greatest DDR5 memory

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built on the latest 40nm fabrication process - cheaper, more energy efficient, produces less heat, allows for faster / more powerful chips

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Cons

poor availability and price gouging since its introduction

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fan noise

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high price

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powerful card demands large amounts of energy under load (requires dual 6-pin PCIe power connections)

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The ATI Radeon HD 5850 is a high-end graphics card released in September 2009. Supporting up to three displays, the 1GB GDDR5 GPU incorporates a long list of advanced technologies, including ATI Stream, enabling large-scale parallel processing, and ATI CrossFireX, which provides scalability with multi-GPU support. The HD 5850 is also one of the first cards to support DirectX 11. It is a minor step down from the top-of-the-line model, the HD 5870, which offers even higher clock frequencies and memory bandwidth.

Features
  • 1 GB GDDR5 memory (128.0GB/s memory bandwidth)
  • 2.15 billion 40nm transistors
  • 1440 stream processor units
  • 2.09TFLOP processing power
  • 725MHz engine clock
  • DirectX 11
  • PCI Express 2.1
  • OpenGL 3.2
  • ATI Eyefinity multi-display capability
  • ATI Stream parallel processing
  • ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU support
  • ATI PowerPlay power management
  • 151W maximum board power
  • 27W idle board power
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