ATI Radeon HD 5850: specs and benchmarks

ATI Radeon HD 5850

Summary

ATI started Radeon HD 5850 sales 30 September 2009 at a recommended price of $299. This is TeraScale 2 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 128.0 GB / s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 241 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 151 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 11.84 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

General info

Of Radeon HD 5850's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
TeraScale 2
 
Code name
Cypress
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
30 September 2009
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)

Technical specs

Radeon HD 5850's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 5850's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1440
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Core clock speed
725 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,154 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
151 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
52.2 GTexel / s
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
2,088.0 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 5850's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
241 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 5850: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
4000 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
128.0 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 5850.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 5850, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.0
 
OpenGL
4.3
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 5850. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
11.86
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
3401
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
13267
 
Passmark
2279
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
2250
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon HD 5850 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.01
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
248
 
medium / 768p
182
 
high / 768p
121
 
ultra / 1080p
91
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
low / 720p
64
 
medium / 768p
61
 
high / 768p
51
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 
StarCraft 2 (2010)
low / 768p
192
 
medium / 768p
69
 
high / 768p
67
 
ultra / 1080p
63
 
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007)
low / 768p
134
 
medium / 768p
68
 
high / 768p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
30
 
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007)
low / 768p
108
 
medium / 768p
66
 
high / 768p
55
 
ultra / 1080p
32
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 5850 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 5850 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 460 SE, which is slower by 7% and lower by 18 positions in our rating.

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