Radeon 5850

March 24, 2010

Radeon 5850!

So after doing much debating and pondering I decided today to finally bite the bullet and get a Direct X 11 card.  DX11 add’s alot to the game.  I’ve been playing bad company 2 for awhile now so I know what it looks like in DX10.  I must say the upgrade from DX10 to DX11 IS astounding.  The sunset locals on the water are amazing.  The water actually looks like real water.  I found myself wanting to swim in it… scary huh.  I’ve only had about and hour of game play on the card but from what I can tell it’s  a large step forward.

Now coming from a 4890 which I ran maxed I can definatly tell a difference… things feel far smoother… the maps look crisper.  Everything feels better.  I even think some of my images look better.  This could be me glorifying the card but so far I like what I see.    I’ll keep you posted on what I find.

The card sports 1gb of GDDR5 memory and has 1440 steam processors, 1000mhz memory clock, 725 mhz core clock with a 256bit memory interface.  The card also supports DX11.  I dropped 300 even on this card here locally at a shop called DIT.  It was actually 33 dollars below the newegg price so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.  If you have been on the fence about getting a 5800 series card but don’t want to drop the $420 the $300 5850 is a sure bet to boost your gaming experience.  So far I love this card.  Well have more to follow soon!

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