XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review :: Card

12-03-2009 · Category: Hardware - Hard Drives

By Doc Overclock

XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review Card

Card

XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review Name of card

Name of card

XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review Fan

Fan

XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review PCI Express

PCI Express


The Black Edition card looks very much like the reference design. The card is the same length as the reference clocked XFX card. The cooler design is a black colored edition of the HD 5850 card with the RADEON HD 5850 Black Edition logo on the front left portion of the card. A 47-fin fan sits on the far right area of the card with the XFX logo present.


XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review Back of card

Back of card

XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review Top of card

Top of card

XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review Crossfire

Crossfire

XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Review Angled view

Angled view


The rear of the cooler has two 6-pin power connectors to connect your power cables to. The PCI Express slot provides a maximum of 75W of power to a video card, and the high-end cards like the HD 5850 require two 6-pin power connectors to be connected to power on. The top of the card has two Crossfire bridges which allow daisy-chaining of up to four video cards at one time, assuming the motherboard supports it.

The card is a PCI Express 2.0 card designed to fit into a standard PCI Express slot. The card is a 2-slot design needing a second adjacent slot beyond the slot the card is installed into. The rear of the card has the Part Number and Serial Number stickers. If you register your card online you get Double Lifetime Warranty and 5-Star support but that requires the Serial Number.

The I/O bracket on the card consists of the now standard two DVI, one Display Port and one HDMI port configuration that is found on every ATI HD 5 series card except for one. Eyefinity allows the card to drive up to three monitors at the same time, with a Display Port connection required to be used. There is a HD 5870 Eyefinity Edition card that has six DisplayPort connectors, allowing for up to six monitors to be connected at the same time.