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ATI RADEON HD 5850 Graphics Card

The middle of the high-end series.

December 11, 2009

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Performance in games


  • Intel Core I7 CPU 920 (2,667 MHz) CPU
  • ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard with the Intel X58 chipset
  • 3GB Corsair's DDR3 SDRAM, 1066MHz
  • WD Caviar SE WD1600JD 160GB SATA HDD
  • Tagan TG900-BZ 900W PSU
  • Windows Vista 32-bit SP1, DirectX 10.1
  • Dell 3007WFP 30-inch monitor
  • ATI CATALYST 9.10; NVIDIA ForceWare 191.07
  • VSync disabled


  • Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft) -- DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0 (HDR), built-in benchmarking utility (the Middle level), maximum settings.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky 1.509 (GSC Game World/THQ) -- DirectX 10.0, maximum quality settings (dynamic lighting enabled); demo, copy files to the savegames folder, run the game, load level 'ixbt4', and type "demo_play ixbt4" in the console. Maximum test settings (dynamic lights enabled). This game does not support AA.
  • 3DMark Vantage 1.02 (FutureMark) -- DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0, multitexturing, 'Extreme' settings.
  • CRYSIS 1.2 (Crytek/EA), DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0, 'Very High' settings, 'Rescue' level; batch file, e-mail us to obtain the timedemo.
  • CRYSIS Warhead (Crytek/EA), DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0, 'Very High' settings, 'Cargo' level; batch file, e-mail us to obtain the timedemo.
  • Company Of Heroes Opposing Fronts (Relic Entertainment/THQ) -- DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0, maximum settings; batch file, run the game, invoke graphics settings and click the test button.
  • World In Conflict 1.007 (Massive Entertainment/Sierra) -- DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0, 'Very High' settings with adjusted AA and AF; run the game, invoke graphics settings and click the test button.
  • Devil May Cry 4 (CAPCOM) -- DirectX 10.0, 'Super High' settings with adjusted AA and AF; Scene 1.
  • Lost Planet Extreme Condition Colonies Edition (CAPCOM) -- DirectX 10.0, 'Super High' settings (with adjusted AA and AF); Scene 1.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky

Far Cry 2

World In Conflict

Crysis, Rescue

Crysis Warhead, Cargo

Company Of Heroes Opposing Fronts

3DMark Vantage Graphics Marks

Devil May Cry 4, Scene 1

Lost Planet Extreme Condition Colonies Edition, Scene 1


First of all, let me remind you that all RADEON HD 5xxx cards support the new DirectX 11 API, higher-quality anisotropic filtering, triple-monitor configurations, as well as other features described in our baseline review. RADEON HD 5850 is the pared-down (hence less performing) modification of HD 5870, so it competes with GTX 275 instead of GTX 285. According to our tests, HD 5850 performs rather good compared to the rival, though it has its share of defeats. It also performs well compared to the more expensive GTX 285 (if you take product prospects into account -- as you remember, GTX cards only support DirectX 10).

Both cards are bundled with Colin McRae Dirt2. Obviously, AMD adds this title to all HD 58xx cards.

HIS RADEON HD 5850 1024MB copies the reference design, so there isn't much to say aside from the aforementioned statements.

Sapphire RADEON HD 5850 1024MB is identical.

If you're looking for a RADEON HD 5850, just buy the cheapest available. Don't pay attention to ads, all these cards are identical (at the moment of publication).

We express gratitude to Sapphire and HIS for the provided graphics cards. The PSU has been provided by TAGAN, the monitor has been provided by NVIDIA.

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