Asus 5850 TOP Review
When a new product gets launched we always see a bunch of reference designs that change in nothing but the sticker for a while. Gradually as the product matures we start to see factory overclocked models and eventually ones with non-reference coolers.
The ASUS Top range has always been one that combines both elements of a factory overclock and a non-reference cooler to potentially provide one of the best performing models of that type around.
Of course the model that you start with has a large bearing on the quality and performance of the finished product, so we were delighted that the latest in the Top range is based upon the Radeon HD5850, a card we've already tested in stock format and found to have plenty of overhead available if you're willing to tweak.
As always we popped along to the ASUS website to grab the technical specifications and see what we've got to play with.
|Graphics Engine||ATI Radeon HD 5850|
|Video Memory||GDDR5 1G|
|Engine Clock||765 MHz|
|Memory Clock||4500 MHz ( 1125 MHz DDR5 )|
|CRT Max Resolution||2048 x 1536|
|DVI Max Resolution||2560 x 1600|
|VGA Output||Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 ) |
|DVI Output||Yes x 2 (via HDMI to DVI adaptor x 1 )|
|HDMI Output||Yes x 1|
|Adaptor/Cable bundled||1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor |
1 x Power cable
1 x HDMI to DVI adaptor
|Software Bundled||ASUS Utilities & Driver|
The two main features of note besides the factory overclock are the ASUS Voltage Tweak BIOS which enables us to "give it the beans", and the DirectCU which is ASUS Direct Contact Cooler which should keep the noise and temperatures down.