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ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 Videocard Review

ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Radeon HD 5850 is ATI's videocard of choice for the gamer on a budget. It takes over where last generation's price/performance darling, the Radeon HD 4850, left off. It's also happens to be in the highest echelon of AMD's new Vision platform initiative...
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Apr 30 2010   Julian Apong  
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ATI Radeon RV870 Cypress GPU

All of ATI's Radeon 5000-series videocards draw from a family of GPUs called 'Evergreen', which is then divided into a smaller GPU lines based on performance. The fastest line is code named 'Cypress', and this is the GPU that's the heart of the ASUS' EAH5850 DirectCU TOP videocard PCSTATS is reviewing for you today.

The RV850 'Cypress' GPU is produced on a 40nm production process that ATI first introduced in the Radeon 4000-series. Getting down to a 40nm process was important because the Radeon HD 5850 has 2.15 billion transistors on a 334mm2 die, more than double that of last generation's RV770, which had 956 million transistors.


ATI Radeon HD 5850 'Cypress' Graphics Processor (GPU) exposed.

This wealth of transistors comprise the Radeon HD 5850's 1440 stream processors, 72 texture units, 32 raster operators and the 256-bit wide memory interface that connects the RV870 GPU to its GDDR5 memory. Stock Radeon HD 5850 videocards have 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1000MHz, however ASUS has factory overclocked the EAH5850 DirectCU TOP so that its 1GB of memory runs at 1125MHz, which is then GDDR5-quad-pumped up to 4500MHz.

ATI Radeon / GPU Comparisons
ATI Radeon 4870 ATI Radeon HD 5770 ATI Radeon HD 5830 ATI Radeon HD 5850
GPU Code Name: RV770 RV840/Juniper RV870/Cypress RV870/Cypress
GPU Process: 55nm 40nm 40 40nm
GPU Transistors: 956 Million 1.04 Billion 2.15 Billion 2.15 Billion
TDP: 110W 108W 175W 151W
GPU Core Clock Speed: 750MHz 850Mhz 800Mhz 725Mhz
Memory Speed: 900MHz (3600MHz GDDR5) 1.2GHz(4.8Ghz GDDR5) 1GHz(4GHz GDDR5) 1GHz(4Ghz GDDR5)
Memory Capacity: 512MB/1GB 1GB 1GB
1GB
Memory Bus Width: 256-bit

128-bit

256-bit

256-bit
Stream Processors: 800 800 1120 1440
Texture units: 40 40 56 72
Raster Operators: 16 16 16 32

All of AMD's Radeon 5000-series of graphics cards share a number of new technologies, the most important of which is support for DirectX 11. This latest revision to Microsoft's graphics hardware standard brings two major additions to the DX11, tessellation and compute shaders. Tessellation is a method of adding density and complexity to a 3D mesh. It can take a simple, low-poly model and break up the geometry into more complex portions, adding another layer of detail on top of a mesh. The end result is better looking, more detailed graphics with a very low cost in performance.


The videocard has 1GB of GDDR5 Samsung K4G10325FE-HC04 DRAM, running at 1125MHz (default is 1000MHz) which is quad-pumped to an effective 4GHz clock speed.

Compute shaders allow DirectX 11-based GPUs to do tasks normally reserved for CPUs. This will play a big role in desktop applications that harness the power of a PCs videocard, as well as enable games programmers use the GPU to compute things like physics and AI. Again, this opens up the possibility for more immersed gaming, but with a miniscule performance penalty when compared to using a CPU.

Now let's see just how well ASUS' EAH5850 DirectCU TOP stands up to a little overclocking... but first, power draw.

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Contents of Article: ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5
 Pg 1.  ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — ATI Radeon RV870 Cypress GPU
 Pg 3.  Videocard Power Consumption
 Pg 4.  Overclocking a Pre-Overclocked Radeon HD 5850 Even Further
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  DX11/DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: STALKER
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 10.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 11.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 12.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 13.  Gamers Videocard of Choice?

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