Product Type: Sapphire graphic cards
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Sapphire Radeon HD 5850
Member Name: Gtiracer
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850
Advantages: Handles everything thrown at it, two DVI ports and HDMI port, crossfire technology
Disadvantages: Phsically very big so may not fit in your PC
This is the card I upgraded to when i got shot of my Nvidia 9600GT 1GB and what can I say - its fantastic, if you want the spec im sure you can search Google, what Im here to give you is my opinion, but its changed my world of Gaming into a whole new experience. Also knowing I have Crossfire technology at my hands means I can buy another one at anytime and increasing gaming potential.
Here are a couple of downsides:
The card although only slots into one PCI slot, it will render two of them as unuseable because of how chunky the card is and of its ports.
It is also a very large card so if you have a small or micro case, forget about it, I have a Large case and there's not much room to spare with this thing in it, however the Radeon HD 5870 card i believe is bigger.
The card has two DVI ports, one HDMI and one HDCP which all to do with HD compatibility I think, but this is another research point I have to do.
The card produces amazing framerates, my PC scored a whopping 14075 on the 3DMark Vantage test from futuremark which comes up near the higher end of the performance list. It currently comes second fastest on the list of video card benchmarks 1st place going to the HD5870 (Which by the way is over £100 more expensive) this card cost me £275 installed on my PC. The only things running faster are the SLI and Crossifire with people running 2, 3 and even 4 graphics cards on one PC.
Also a bonus is that you can run up to 3 Monitors from this card making for a massive display.
I love this video card and Im considering buying a second!
Summary: Buy it. NOW!
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