Value conscious gamers are always looking to get the most bang for their buck. With vendors now offering overclocked 5000 series variants, we take a look at the EAH5850 DirectCU TOP offering from ASUS. With an overclock out of the box and full voltage control that is backed by a 3-year warranty, this promises to be a great card!
When it comes to performance there was no doubt that the ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 video card was faster than a reference designed ATI Radeon HD 5850. In all of our game tests we saw a slight performance increase thanks to the 40MHz GPU speed boost and 125MHz memory boost. With the new Direct CU cooler and increased performance, this card is a decent value at $339.99 plus $1.99 shipping. However, what really sells this card is how well it overclocks! This thing is an absolute monster, reaching 1000MHz GPU core and 1200MHz memory. While these are not record breaking clocks, the fact that the bundled cooler is easily able to cope with the additional heat and do so at low noise levels. When you add in that ASUS gives you a utility to up the voltage and still backs it up with a 3-year warranty, it's really easy to overlook the $20 price difference between a reference ATI Radeon HD 5850 and the ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP.
Article Title: ASUS Radeon HD EAH5850 DirectCU TOP Video Card Review
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Pricing At Time of Print: $339.99 at Newegg