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#1 Nemo

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:12 PM

OCC checks out another Radeon 5000 series card with a review of the XFX HD 5850 - http://www.overclock...eviews/xfx5850/

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 01:17 AM

Wow overclocking the 5 series ATI cards unleashes a great deal of performance.

After comparing the 5870 review to the 5850 review the 5850 looks like a much better deal, when overclocked at most resolutions it performs about the same and sometimes better than the 5870. Kinda weird imho.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 01:30 AM

I disagree with this con:

# No DirectX 11 games currently


That's not the cards fault!

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 03:46 AM

I thought Dirt 2 was DirectX 11?

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:26 AM

Wow overclocking the 5 series ATI cards unleashes a great deal of performance.

After comparing the 5870 review to the 5850 review the 5850 looks like a much better deal, when overclocked at most resolutions it performs about the same and sometimes better than the 5870. Kinda weird imho.

Yes, but the HD5870 can also be overclocked :)

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# No DirectX 11 games currently

That's not the cards fault!

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Edit: At what overclocked settings did you run the benchs? You say 1GHz on the core but in the screenshot it shows 840MHz...

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 10:42 AM

No compare the reviews the 5850 overclocked almost outperforms the 5870 when he had it overclocked for the reviews.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 10:53 AM

No compare the reviews the 5850 overclocked almost outperforms the 5870 when he had it overclocked for the reviews.

Oh yeah I see. It's because in his HD5870 review he settled for the maximum ATI Overdrive could provide, although he could reach 1Ghz also. Considering the HD5850 has only 1440 stream processors, it would lose against a 1Ghz HD5870.


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Posted 28 October 2009 - 11:05 AM

Holy cow! Looks like a great deal! I might get one for Xmas :)

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:49 PM

Oh yeah I see. It's because in his HD5870 review he settled for the maximum ATI Overdrive could provide, although he could reach 1Ghz also. Considering the HD5850 has only 1440 stream processors, it would lose against a 1Ghz HD5870.

I keep hearing that if you 5870 too far you lose performance, whereas the 5850 doesn't have this shortcoming.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 01:08 PM

I keep hearing that if you 5870 too far you lose performance, whereas the 5850 doesn't have this shortcoming.

Yeah that's what RHK said when the 5870 launched. Has it changed? I don't see why the 5850 would not suffer from this too.


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Posted 28 October 2009 - 01:14 PM

Yeah that's what RHK said when the 5870 launched. Has it changed? I don't see why the 5850 would not suffer from this too.

it could be an intentional hold back from ati so the 5870 isn't too powerful?? I know the 5770's can overclock LIKE CRAZY if their voltage is tweaked.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 01:26 PM

Wow overclocking the 5 series ATI cards unleashes a great deal of performance.

After comparing the 5870 review to the 5850 review the 5850 looks like a much better deal, when overclocked at most resolutions it performs about the same and sometimes better than the 5870. Kinda weird imho.


Same thing with an HD4850 and HD4870.

Once you overclock the HD5870, the HD5850 is hard pressed to provide any competition. :)

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