Sapphire Roundup – Radeon 6950 fleX, 6870 fleX, 5850 Xtreme, 5830 Xtreme and X58 Pure Black
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB Xtreme Graphics Card
The 5850 Xtreme is packaged in a smaller box than the 5830 but sticks with the same Sapphire style. Inside we find an identical bundle to the 5830 on the last page, including the invitation to join Sapphire Select Club with its access to free software and competitions.
The 5850 Xtreme, as with the 5850 models which were originally released, is actually a smaller card than the 5830 (and 5870) by around 1 inch. There are however many similarities between the two Xtreme models such as the silent fan which sits over the three copper heatpipes and aluminium fins or the single CrossFire connector and blue PCB.
For the display outputs this card has a full sized DisplayPort connector, HDMI and single dual-link DVI. Over on the opposite end of the card we find two six pin connectors.
The 5850 is a 40nm Cypress GPU which contains 1440 Stream Processors, 72 texture units and 32 ROPs. The core is connected to the 1024MB of Elpida GDDR5 via a 256-bit bus.The core used for the 5850 is set to 725MHz with memory at 1000MHz and as with all 5800 series cards this model supports DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5/DirectCompute, PCI-Express 2.0 and Blu-Ray acceleration via ATI Avivo.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
PowerColor offer their own branded version of the liquid cooled R9 295 X2… and now for those who want a similar level of framerate they have their air cooled dual core R9 290X with Devil 13 branding. Today we take a look at this R9 290X2 to see what Powercolor can do with their custom design card in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and GRID Autosport at 4K resolution.