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    Today we are looking at the ASUS Radeon EAH5850. But not just any 5850, this one is an ASUS TOP Direct CU model, coming with some attractive features such as improved power regulation, better cooling, and perhaps most notable, voltage tweaking. Sounds like a card that brings some unique features to the table, enabling enthusiasts that dream of speed to push the bar even higher than ever.



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    Indeed it's pretty good overclocking card.

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    Very nice review well done

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    Good review, Another great product from Asus

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    SKYGUY. Nice article. As you know I thought I had my system designed. THANKS. For minor overclocking in a clean, quiet system, How would you rate the Sapphire 5850 Vapor-X against this
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    Chuck, that is a tough question. Both are excellent cards, no question. Based on the testing I've done, here's my opinion:

    The Sapphire card comes with a minor factory overclock. It's not much different in terms of performance over stock though. So the question really is how much you want to overclock, and how much heat/noise are you willing to live with as a result?

    Pricing notwithstanding, the major difference here is that the Sapphire card is probably a better buy for "as is" settings, and the ASUS card is better for top performance. If you don't have plans on much overclocking, and want to keep your card running a bit cooler and quieter, then go Sapphire. If you want higher overclocking and better performance (and potentially more heat and noise) as a result, then go ASUS.

    Neither are bad cards, both are excellent. But if you strip away the fluff, that's the bottom line I think. When I look to push things hard, I want an ASUS card because it can voltage tweak and post very impressive results. But if I just want the vanilla performance and a card to run cool and quiet in my daily rig, then I would go Sapphire.

    Hope that helps. Again, just my opinion based on the testing results I've seen.
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    Just a reminder on the system you helped design. Will the Silverstone buffer the ASUS noise if overclocked?
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    Should be ok. Remember, the fan only spins up when under lead to keep the temperatures in check. It won't run at 100% at the time, and rarely if ever. Generally it should run maybe 60-70% under load, and shouldn't be very loud at all, especially in that Silverstone case.

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    Hello!
    I'm new to the forums and I have a question for anybody who can help me.
    I've just bought 5850 top from ASUS, great card by the way, but I have a little problem adjusting the voltage on it. I tried to set it to 1.2V or 1.18(which should be the default setting), but whatever I do, it always displays a message: Core actualy set to 1.1V, with error of 0.X volt, where X is offset form 1.1V.
    Is this some new "feature" form asus or is this driver related. I'm using the latest drivers( 8.753.0.0 -copied form device manager)
    I'm using double 6 pin power cables on it, couse I don't have 8 pin adapter on my PSU.

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    Hi fructy, Welcome to Pure OC !

    Let me try to reach Skyguy and see if he can help you out.

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    you can try MSI Afterburn instead of SmartDoctor. I think it's software. I think Afterburn capped the voltage at 1.3xx volt instead of 1.5v max like SmartDoctor.

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    Tried a few things, resoults are seen on pic... Nothing good so far. In msi afterburner voltages arent even shown(and i checked that two boxes in settings for voltage control and monitoring)

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    argh...double post

    EDIT:
    I think i've found the solution. Disabling ati overdrive seems to fix the problem. Now I can see changes in voltage

    Thank you anyway
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