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ASUS EAH5850 TOP, Gigabyte GV-R575SL-1GI, MSI R5770 HAWK Graphics Cards

Quite an interesting trio.

August 31, 2010



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Today we'll review three graphics cards with ATI Radeon GPUs. The reason for the selection is simple: all three simply happened to be in our lab at the same time. All three cards have custom design and original coolers, so reviewing them promises to be interesting.

Card design


ASUS EAH5850 TOP
  • GPU: Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress)
  • Interface: PCIe x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/Shaders): 765/765 MHz (the standard is 725/725 MHz)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1125 (4500) MHz (the standard is 1000 (4000) MHz)
  • Bus width: 256-bit
  • Stream processors: 1440
  • TMUs: 72 (BLF/TLF)
  • ROPs: 32
  • Size: 270x100x33mm
  • PCB color: black
  • RAMDACs/TDMS: integrated into GPU
  • Outputs: DVI (Dual-Link/HDMI), Display Port, HDMI
  • Multi-GPU: CrossFire (Hardware)
Gigabyte GV-R575SL-1GI
  • GPU: Radeon HD 5750 (Juniper)
  • Interface: PCIe x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/Shaders): 700/700 MHz (standard)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1150 (4600) MHz (standard)
  • Bus width: 128-bit
  • Stream processors: 720
  • TMUs: 36 (BLF/TLF)
  • ROPs: 16
  • Size: 210x100x33mm
  • PCB color: blue
  • RAMDACs/TDMS: integrated into GPU
  • Outputs: 2 x DVI (Dual-Link/HDMI), VGA, HDMI
  • Multi-GPU: CrossFire (Hardware)
MSI R5770 HAWK
  • GPU: Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper)
  • Interface: PCIe x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/Shaders): 875/875 MHz (the standard is 850/850 MHz)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1200 (4800) MHz (standard)
  • Bus width: 128-bit
  • Stream processors: 800
  • TMUs: 40 (BLF/TLF)
  • ROPs: 16
  • Size: 220xx100x33mm
  • PCB color: black
  • RAMDACs/TDMS: integrated into GPU
  • Outputs: DVI (Dual-Link/HDMI), Display Port, HDMI
  • Multi-GPU: CrossFire (Hardware).

MSI R5770 HAWK, Gigabyte GV-R575SL-1GI

1024MB GDDR5 SDRAM in 8 Samsung chips on both sides of the PCB. The memory chips are designed for the peak clock rate of 1250 (5000) MHz.

ASUS EAH5850 TOP

1024MB GDDR5 SDRAM in 8 Samsung chips on the front side of the PCB. The memory chips are designed for the peak clock rate of 1250 (5000) MHz.


Comparison with the reference design, front view
ASUS EAH5850 TOP Reference ATI Radeon HD 5850
Gigabyte GV-R575SL-1GI Reference ATI Radeon HD 5750
MSI R5770 HAWK Reference ATI Radeon HD 5770

Comparison with the reference design, rear view
ASUS EAH5850 TOP Reference ATI Radeon HD 5850
Gigabyte GV-R575SL-1GI Reference ATI Radeon HD 5750
MSI R5770 HAWK Reference ATI Radeon HD 5770

As stated above, all three cards have custom design, but it's still based on the reference.

All graphics cards have supplemental power connectors. Note that ASUS EAH5850 TOP has two, one of which is 8-pin (should improve stability when overclocked).

Maximum resolutions and frequencies:

  • 240 Hz maximum refresh rate
  • 2048 x 1536 x 32bit @ 85Hz Max -- analog interface
  • 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz Max -- digital interface (Dual-Link DVI/HDMI)

As for the HDTV support, a review is available here.


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