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Sapphire HD5830 & HD5850 Xtreme Edition Review – CrossfireX

The Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme Edition boxes are thin and narrow, and significantly smaller than the boxes for the HD5830 cards on the previous page.

The bundle contains several power and video converters, literature on the product and Sapphire Select club and a software disc.

The HD5850 Xtreme Edition is smaller than the HD5830, although it is built around a custom blue PCB, similar to the HD5830. The same angular fan is used with a heatpipe cooler underneath.

The HD5850 has a single Crossfire connector, meaning it can be paired up with another card. It requires two six pin PCI-E power connectors to operate.

The HD5850 Xtreme Edition has a full size Displayport and HDMI port, as well as a DVI dual link port.

Sapphire are using Elpida W1032BABG memory – we have also seen these being used on newer 6 series graphics cards, such as the HD6870 FleX Edition. This is the same as the HD5830 Xtreme Edition on the previous page.

Interestingly, this specific cooler is slightly smaller than the one installed on the HD5830, comprising not three, but two heatpipes.

An overview of the hardware in GPUz, we are running a CrossfireX configuration.

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