Sapphire HD5850 Toxic 1GB Video Card Review

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The AMD 5xxx series has been a resounding success, dominating the mid/high range sector since it was released many months ago. We wouldn’t be the Guru’s of Kit we proclaim to be if we didn’t take a look at one of the sexiest 5850′s on the market – The Sapphire HD5850 Toxic Edition. This card was released several months ago and is a complete redesign of the AMD reference edition design.

The Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD5850 1GB card is clocked at 765mhz core and 1125mhz (4500mhz effective) on the memory – when compared with the reference 700mhz core and 1000mhz memory speeds … a rather noticeable speed boost.

Sapphire have also included their own cooler which is based around the Vapor-X technology – significantly reducing temperatures and noise while also allowing for further manual overclocking …. if you want to push things to breaking point (and we all do right?).

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Sapphire HD5850 Toxic 1GB Video Card Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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  • William Crawford
    May 16, 2010
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    Bloody Nora batman, thats one scary overclock ! I snagged those apps, thanks for the heads up

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  • Jeremey
    May 16, 2010
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    I love Sapphires modded cards, those coolers rock my world. Wouldnt it be cool if AMD actually released these from now on with all their new mid/high end ranges?

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  • Derek S.
    May 16, 2010
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    Absolutely no chance they would be on reference cards, they cost too much. I like the thinking though. Hey with the Intel story that was on here a few days ago and the new reference coolers they are looking at, maybe the whole industry is shifting views on this?

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  • Mother Trucker
    May 16, 2010
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    Hats off to Sapphire again,was going to buy this but I held off for a bit even though I read a few good reviews about it. This is a wicked board. £230!! just ordered one

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  • Stefan
    May 16, 2010
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    £230 is a wicked price. the ordinary card is £240 in a local store here.

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  • Axl Flowerpot
    May 16, 2010
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    Good price, would like to see CF figures for these. £460 for two of them, would be a good head to head against a GTX480 :)

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  • Death Dealer
    May 16, 2010
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    I think the 480 GTX would get its ass handed to it, then some, but would be interesting for sho.

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  • Flopsy
    May 16, 2010
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    I think the 5770 is better value though, ive seen some for £120 online, two of them would beat one of these.

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  • Stevenf
    May 16, 2010
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    Anyone seen a good price for one of these in Canada?

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  • Stevenf
    May 16, 2010
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  • Stevenf
    May 16, 2010
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    Canada? anyone know? best online place to buy?

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  • Dumbo
    May 16, 2010
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    Great review, thanks KG

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  • Johnnie
    May 16, 2010
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    Loved the review, thanks Gurus

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  • Lucuisoo
    May 16, 2010
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    Sapphire are great, wish more makers would use vapor x style cooling.

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  • Bobby Dinicko
    May 16, 2010
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    XFX are doing one which I think is sourced from the same company. check out this review. http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/xfx-hd5870-black-edition-review/

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  • Julia Francisco
    May 17, 2010
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    Read this review last night and didnt have time to comment. Its a great product as many reviews have already testifed to. Was interesting personally to see the drain figures at the wall.

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  • death dealer
    May 17, 2010
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    not much stock available where I live. unfortunately as a bud of mine wants it.

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