Thursday, February 18th 2010

Sapphire Launches TOXIC and Vapor-X Radeon HD 5850

Combining the highly successful HD 5000 series graphics architecture with its award winning Vapor-X cooling technology, SAPPHIRE Technology is now shipping two new graphics cards – the SAPPHIRE HD 5850 TOXIC Edition and the SAPPHIRE HD 5850 Vapor-X model.

The SAPPHIRE HD 5850 TOXIC Edition and the SAPPHIRE HD 5850 Vapor-X models are both SAPPHIRE original designs based on the latest 40nm graphics architecture from the ATI division of AMD. Both models feature 1440 stream processors and 72 texture units delivering the fastest performance in class as well as supporting ATI Stream technology. They support the advanced graphical features of DirectX 11, and deliver spectacular video clarity, speed and visual effects, including over multiple monitors whilst working at lower operating temperatures and significantly more quietly because of the SAPPHIRE award winning Vapor-X cooling technology.

Designed for the enthusiast user, the SAPPHIRE HD 5850 TOXIC Edition is factory overclocked to 765MHz core and 1125MHz (4500MHz effective) memory speeds. The SAPPHIRE HD 5850 Vapor-X model is also faster than the standard HD 5850, with shipping clocks of 735MHz core and 1050MHz (4200MHZ effective) for the memory. SAPPHIRE’s World leading Vapor-X technology not only allows the cards to run as much as 15 degrees C cooler* and 10dB quieter* than the standard models, it provides additional headroom for further performance tuning (overclocking).

The SAPPHIRE HD 5850 TOXIC and Vapor-X models speed existing DirectX10.1, DirectX 10 and DirectX 9.0 games and applications, and support stunning new levels of detail, transparency and lighting effects in the latest releases of software using DirectX 11. All of this comes with the modest active power consumption of less than 160W – and using Dynamic Power Management the card has a new super low-power idle mode at less than 30W.

Both cards support the latest features demanded by Microsoft DirectX 11, including DirectCompute 11 instructions, hardware Tessellation and multi-threaded communications with the system CPU. These combine to provide new capabilities for the interaction between transparent objects, new lighting and accelerated post processing effects as well as physics calculations and accelerated video transcoding.

The SAPPHIRE HD 5850 models have the latest on board hardware UVD (Unified Video decoder) considerably reducing CPU load and delivering smooth decoding of Blu-ray and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, as well as Mpeg files. In this series the UVD has been enhanced to be able simultaneously to decode two 1080p HD video streams and to be able to display HD video in high quality with Windows Aero mode enabled. HDMI capability has also been upgraded to HDMI 1.3a with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support.

In addition to spectacular image clarity, speed and visual effects, the SAPPHIRE HD 5000 series supports a new multi-monitor mode known as ATI Eyefinity. This allows a single GPU to display a choice of images over an array of several monitors. With its versatile output configuration of two Dual-link DVI connectors plus HDMI and DisplayPort, the HD 5850 series supports up to three monitors** in ATI Eyefinity mode, with a resolution of up to 7680 x 1600. This opens up exciting possibilities not just for multi-screen gaming, but also for information systems, multimedia systems and promotional displays.

The SAPPHIRE HD 5800 series is supported by AMD's DirectX 11 WHQL certified graphics driver which delivers support for all of the key DirectX 11 level features required for new gaming experiences and acceleration of next generation high performance applications as well as ATI Eyefinity and ATI Stream technology.* Internal SAPPHIRE data

** DisplayPort output must be used with a suitable monitor or active adapter for the third display in ATI Eyefinity mode.
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31 Comments on Sapphire Launches TOXIC and Vapor-X Radeon HD 5850

#1
kylzer
DO WANT

think i'll get one actually.

so ...

Toxic has big oc
vaporx has small one.
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#2
assaulter_99
Still no news of the 5830! :banghead: I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on the 5850, its too tempting!
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#3
Fourstaff
by: kylzer
DO WANT

think i'll get one actually.

so ...

Toxic has big oc
vaporx has small one.
VaporX has good cooling. We can manual oc.
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#4
Duffman
I've always been confused on this one. Do the Toxic cards have Vaopr X coolers also?
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#5
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
if it was 2gb card i would be buying 2 of them right now :shadedshu
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#6
Hunt3r
by: Phxprovost
if it was 2gb card i would be buying 2 of them right now :shadedshu
Very nice .. I think it will come out with this design 2gb
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#7
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
by: Duffman
I've always been confused on this one. Do the Toxic cards have Vaopr X coolers also?
Now they do but before the Vapor X was a much better cooler.(the 4870s Vapor Xs were a good 5-7C cooler than using the Toxic cooler)

(thats why they used the Vapor X cooler on almost all the newer good cards and the toxic cooler disappeared (probably to give Sapphire time to make the new cooler) . But this Toxic cooler has been updated so it will be interesting to see it compared to the Vapor X)
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#8
Duffman
Ahh, ok. I thought i read somewhere that the 4870 toxic didn't cool as well as the vapor x.
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#9
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
I had a pair of the Vapor X cards and tzitzibp was nice enough to send me a couple of his Toxic coolers to compare to my Vapor X ones.

The Vapor X coolers cooled a lot better as well as were quite a bit quieter too. I think I showed it in My qpack thread..

EDIT:

I just saw picts of this new cooler and it looks a bit like a hybrid of the Vapor X AND toxic cooler. The 3 heat tubes are no longer pinched closed, they no longer stick out the top and combined with the better efficiency of the 58xx series card it looks like it would be pretty good.
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sapphire_hd5850_toxic/images/35.htm

The only bad part is the small exhaust area, but I suppose it could be modded to improve flow.
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#10
Sproinket
Once my other Paypal funds get released from my last Ebay sale, I'll be picking up the Toxic 5850 along with my 965 BE and msi 790fx MB. Then my rig will finally be done aside from cosmetic mods I'll do eventually.

Can't wait :)
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#11
department76
*drool* i may find myself with a 5850 toxic later this year, to replace my current sapphire card.

my favorite ati brand by far.
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#12
Duffman
by: department76
*drool* i may find myself with a 5850 toxic later this year, to replace my current sapphire card.

my favorite ati brand by far.
yes, i strayed away from them and got an bad Asus card...:shadedshu
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#13
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
And Unlike ASUS Sapphire has taken time to respond to my emails with questions and RMAs..

So I am adding Sapphire to Biostar, DFI and Slverstone as my favorite Customer service companies..
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#15
erocker
by: eidairaman1
so whats better Toxic or VaporX?
In this case it looks like the coolers are the same and the clocks are different. I would say the VaporX is better because it's most likely cheaper.
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#16
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
Cheaper FTW... But it would be cool to see if there was different memory or electrical parts in each card..

And its silly as even the basic cards OC so well to pay even a dollar more for Toxic, XXX or any of the so called premium cards unless they have upgraded hardware...
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#17
Duffman
I decided to upgrade to the VaporX 5870 for the quiet cooler.
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#18
eidairaman1
by: MKmods
Cheaper FTW... But it would be cool to see if there was different memory or electrical parts in each card..

And its silly as even the basic cards OC so well to pay even a dollar more for Toxic, XXX or any of the so called premium cards unless they have upgraded hardware...
only reason they charge more is guaranteed to run at that clock speed, thats how Intel charges you for their Extreme processors. Where as a PhII BE is the price of a low model core i7 which makes it a winner.
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#19
Marineborn
*purses lips* hmmmmm i might get 2 of these bad boys...depending on the price there released at
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#21
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: assaulter_99
Still no news of the 5830! :banghead: I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on the 5850, its too tempting!
What do you wanna know? Ask.
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#22
eidairaman1
by the time the 5830 appears if ever, there will be better 5800 series boards out.
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#23
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Anandtech have a review of the Toxic. I'd have preferred it if they kept the PCB at 9.5" tbh.
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#25
Tatty_One
Senior Moderator
by: Duffman
I've always been confused on this one. Do the Toxic cards have Vaopr X coolers also?
Toxic cards previously (read HD4890) have an uprated version of the Vapor X cooling system with additional heatpipes, they are also usually better binned chips over the Vapor X, with the HD4890 Vapor X, most didnt quite make 1000mhz out of the box where as most Toxics will do 1020 - 1050mhz.
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