Sibling Rivalry - ATI Radeon HD 5850


The HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

The HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

The HIS Radeon HD 5850 comes with ATI's reference cooler and PCB design, and as such, looks like a shrunken version of the Radeon HD 5870. Like the other ATI Evergreen cards we have tested thus far, the cooler was decently quiet during operation. Besides the reference design, the HIS card also sports reference clock speeds, which means 725MHz at the core and 4000MHz DDR at the memory.

The HIS Radeon HD 5850 uses ATI's reference designs, as such, it looks like a miniature HD 5870 as we will later see.

Juxtapose with the Radeon HD 5870, one can clearly see that the Radeon HD 5850 is much shorter. This makes the HD 5850 a viable option for those looking for greater gaming performance, but find it difficult for their casings to accommodate the extremely lengthy HD 5870.

Like the Radeon HD 5870, the Radeon HD 5850 comes with two DVI ports, a single HDMI port and a single DisplayPort. The HD 5850 can also support up to three displays using the DisplayPort and any combination of DVI and HDMI ports.

The Radeon HD 5850 requires two 6-pin PCIe power connectors and a PSU rated for at least 500W.

Two CrossFire connectors mean up to four Radeon HD 5850 can be chained in a CrossFireX configuration.