HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Like any year, the run up to Christmas is a rather long winded one with mass shopping commencing from as early as October end. From here on, regardless of whether or not we’re in any form of economic downturn it’s a matter of flocking to shopping centres nationwide for a session of credit card violation. Let’s not forget the time and effort involved in organizing Christmas dinner for your nearest and dearest. Inevitably that big day comes and within a blink of an eye it’s all over.
So how was Christmas day for you? I’m sure that many had a fantastic time with friends and family, making the most of their presence. Some might be particularly ecstatic over the gifts that they received…while some less so. Perhaps you were one of few that were painfully sniveling at the contents of your gift from Father Christmas. It must be said that it’s the thought that counts when it comes to any gift and that calling the North Pole for a RMA number is nothing short of ungrateful. But what if you paid for your own gift to find that it won’t be with you in time for Christmas? Does anyone see where I’m going with this? The Radeon HD 5800 series stock shortage strikes again…
Okay, I’ll gladly conceit that the stock shortage of Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 graphics cards has not been as bad as previously. Infact, for the last couple of weeks it has been quite possible to locate and purchase one of these high end wonders. That is, so long as you’re willing to pay the premium. A number of retailers (most recently Aria) had listed Christmas special offers, which resulted in select 5850 and 5870 graphics cards being sold at their September 09 Retail Prices of £200 and £304 respectively, but in very limited quantities. For most of the part however, the typical in stock prices are nearer £250 and £350 regardless of brand, however factory overclocked graphics cards have further price gouging applied.
There have been rumours that TSMC have greatly improved 40nm yields for Cypress cores and that we will soon see higher quantities of HD 5800 series graphics cards in circulation.
“In a world where people pay a high price to play with the best…Something had to change.”
Too right something has to change! One can only hope that this recently uploaded video on AMD’s official youtube channel is a sign of more stock and price drops. I shall put an end to my rant by finally introducing the product on review for today. Today we’ll be reviewing the HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB Graphics card.
|Name ||HIS Radeon HD 5850 ||HIS Radeon HD 5870|
|Stream Processors ||1440||1600|
|Memory Frequency||4000MHz (1000MHz x 4)||4800MHz (1200MHz x 4)|
|Original Retail Price||£199.99||£299.99|
The Radeon HD 5850's technical specs alone suggest that it should be a very capable graphics card. Although rudely castrated by ATi from 1600 stream processors to 1440, it's Core and Memory frequencies are similar and should be a fairly simple overclock to and perhaps past 5870 frequencies. At it's original retail price, it touts better value for money than it's bigger brother.