Packaging and Initial Impressions
HIS boxes tend to appear quite minimalistic, touting their brand name or web address depending on the side of the box on a dark grey background. The packaging felt sturdy and capable of taking some abuse without damaging it's contents.
The first thing you'll see it's the Radeon HD 5850's accessories, which include a driver disc, manual, two molex to PCI-Express adapters and a Crossfire bridge. Underneath you will find the graphics card in anti static wrap.
Here lies the Radeon HD 5850 in all it's glory. Yes it is another reference card using the same PCB, Memory ICs, Heatsink, Fan and Shroud. It is however a very good design and very quiet too so why change it? The HD 5850 is slightly shorter than it's faster brother and requires two 6 pin PCI-Express power leads rather than 1 x 6 pin and 1 x 8 pin.
The four main outputs are two DVI, one HDMI and one displayport. Remember that you can only use three of four ports at any one time and if you plan on using ATi Eyefinity for triple monitor support and wish to get the maximum resolution out of your monitors, an Active Displayport adapter will be required if none of the monitors support displayport.