ATI Radeon HD 5850 Crossfire Review :: Introduction

11-04-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

ATI Radeon HD 5850 Crossfire Review

Every year or two there are inflection points in the graphics card market. The last major inflection point was the release of Windows Vista with DirectX 10 and the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX. These brought new meaning to the computer graphics with unparalleled performance and image quality in games. The G80 chip was a bit of a monster hit for NVIDIA.

Today there is a new inflection point in the graphics industry, DirectX 11. DirectX 11 is the next graphics card APIs. ATI is the first to market with a DX11 card in the form of the Evergreen family which currently consists of four members, the HD 5870, the HD 5850, the HD 5770 and the HD 5750, representing the over $300, the 250-300, the $150-200 and the 100-150 price ranges. A single HD 5850 gives great performance but what about the performance of TWO HD 5850 cards working together? Today’s review is on performance of two HD 5850s in CrossfireX mode.