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Sapphire Radeon HD5850 1GB Graphics Card
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Sapphire
Source: Sapphire
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November 03, 2009

The Basics:

Sapphire cards usually have somewhat unique appearances thanks to their cooler designs or color schemes. This time around we see a somewhat traditional box shaped shroud over the cooler, and it's colored in the traditional ATI red and black. To make it a bit more interesting, they have affixed a sticker to the shroud that features the same goggle wearing female, and this time she is toting two swords.

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The fan for the cooler is offset towards one end of the card, and the shroud is sealed up against the PCB for most most of its length, so air doesn't have many places to escape. There is a vented opening in the expansion slot cover, some vents near the CrossFire tabs, and two more vents near the PCI-E power connections. The styling around the PCI-E power connections looks pretty sharp to me... something like the dual exhaust on a muscle car.

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The card features two 6-pin PCI-E power connections on the back edge of the card, and along the top edge we find a pair of tabs for CrossFire. Taking a look at the back of the card we see that all of the memory is on the front side, and the only feature of note is a metal brace that straddles the GPU in order to keep the cooler in place.

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The expansion slot cover is shown below, where we can see that you get a pair of Dual-Link DVI connections, a DisplayPort connection, and an HDMI port. The remaining space is used for ventilation, and to be honest that small grill doesn't seem large enough to let much air out.

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