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Sapphire HD5850 Toxic 1GB Video Card Review

The retail box is a rather mystical design with a blue futuristic sorcerer on the front – perhaps he is getting ready for a night with World Of Warcraft and has gone overboard with the body paints.

The retail box lists all the features and also details the fact that it comes bundled with Arcsoft SimHD software.

The bundle contains a user manual, ATI Crossfire bridge, DVI to VGA adapter as well as two 4pin Molex to 6 pin PCIe power adapters for those with older power supplies. There is also a driver CD and a copy of ArcSoft’s SimHD which is a plug in for the excellent ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre – one of my favourite programs on the PC. This plug in offers adaptive scaling for DVD video and the application also offers full video acceleration for AMD video cards.

No overclocking utilities are supplied with the bundle however there are free alternatives online if you know what you are looking for – we discuss this later in the review.

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