Powercolor HD 5850 PCS+

Powercolor HD 5850 PCS+

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Introduction



About three months ago AMD released their new Radeon HD 5800 Series of graphics cards which quickly became a big success due to the numerous improvements made over previous generations. Up to now all cards available from all manufacturers were reference design cards which means they were all made to the same specifications, using the same components and then a sticker was added on the cooler depending on the AIB.

Now Powercolor is one of the first AIBs to release a custom HD 5850 designed card that uses both a non-reference cooler and a non-reference PCB design. While this allows for considerable production optimizations and reduce manufacturing cost it also introduces the risk that the product might not work as optimally as intended by AMD.

Powercolor is actually going beyond the reference design specs and offers higher clock speeds of 760 / 1050 vs. 725 / 1000 on the normal cards. While not making a huge difference it should still give a little extra performance boost to the card.

Radeon
HD 4870 X2
GeForce
GTX 285
Radeon
HD 5850
Powercolor
HD 5850 PCS+
Radeon
HD 5870
GeForce
GTX 295
Shader units 2x 8002401440144016002x 240
ROPs2x 16323232322x 28
GPU2x RV770GT200bCypressCypressCypress2x GT200b
Transistors2x 956M1400M2154M2154M2154M2x 1400M
Memory Size2x 1024 MB 1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB2x 896 MB
Memory Bus Width 2x 256 bit 512 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 2x 448 bit
Core Clock750 MHz 648 MHz 725 MHz 760 MHz 850 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Clock900 MHz 1242 MHz 1000 MHz 1050 MHz 1200 MHz 999 MHz
Price$399$370$300$330$400$500
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