We ultimately knew what to expect when it came to testing the HD 5850. The good news is that we're not disappointed with the card nor the bundle that HIS have given us today. What we have here is another great HD 5850 that anyone would really like to own.
It's good to see Grid 2 was included in the bundle which really helps the card and package go from good to great. If you find yourself wanting to game at resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 or feel that you're a more casual gamer that will play just here and there at 2560 x 1600, the HD 5850 is the perfect card for you.
We're not really seeing anything too different with the HIS version of the HD 5850, though. With that said, we really don't need to see anything new; out of the box the HD 5850 in its reference form is a great card and that's exactly what we've got on our hands today.
The good news as well is that if you want a bit of extra power later down the track, adding a second HD 5850 really does yield some impressive performance gains which make it an attractive option. For now, though, if you're looking for just a single HD 5850 the HIS version we have with us today doesn't give us anything to complain about.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [Video Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Crysis Warhead]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Left 4 Dead]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 14 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 15 [Final Thoughts]
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