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MSI R5850 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

  • 1440 Stream Processors
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/9/2011 2:26:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAgain, can't complain

Pros: -Easy to OC (even stock, maybe not too far... but come on now how far do you expect to go on stock - think of stock cpu heatsinks)
-Still works today (march 2011) haven't found a game that really destroys it
-clocks down while idle (although not while oc'ed....

Cons: -while oc'ed does not clock back down during idle
-could be bad heatwise for certain cases (it shoots the air straight above the card)
-oc'ing takes a minute or two... as it should. Stop being lazy people

Other Thoughts: -Stock heatsink and fan I am at 840/1150 in a Lian-Li A05b.. top 140mm fan and these two shooting up into that fan keeps this gpu under 60c under load (furmark)
-OC'ed (above) while idle (just surfin' the web) keeps this card at 43c-ish. This just in general sucks, while its at stock speeds at idle its temp are about 30c.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/1/2011 1:23:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFor Those Who Overclock

Pros: This card is pretty darn good, much better than people want to claim it as being. See below in other thoughts for details.

Cons: The stock cooler is not going to allow you to overclock well, most don't. The heat gets recirculated into your case so cooling is poor on any design like this.

Other Thoughts: If you want to overclock (anything, not just graphics cards) you need better than stock cooling. I have an MCW80 (water block) on my card with copper ramsinks on the ram chips, which are cooled by my side case fan (HAF 932)

I am currently running this card at 1.25 volts, core clock to 850 and ram clock at 1125. You will not get the ram much past this point without some sort of active cooling on the ram chips. Since this card is a non reference design you won't find a full card water block for it. I am going to be upping the voltage to 1.3 volts which is max in MSI Afterburner for this card and see where she will go, hopefully 900+ core.

Know what you are doing and this card will perform very well. Coupled with my Phenom II 1090T at 4.0 GHz I am soring 22,260 on 3DMark 06 and almost 4,000 in 3DMark 11. I wish it would come back in stock so I can buy a second, for the 170 I paid for it, this card was a steal.

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  • Steven W.
  • 2/26/2011 10:19:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty good card

Pros: This card performs well with all of my current games (cod bfbc2 ect ect)

Cons: Overclocking does not exist with this card. I had it on 800 core and 1200 memory and it kept crashing in bad company 2 and i couldn't watch youtube videos. Stock under a load are pretty high for stock

Other Thoughts: If i could overclock this card i would of gave it a 5 out of 5.
I'm somewhat disapointed that i cannot even over clock this card a lil bit without it crashing. Other then it not overclocking well id say its a pretty good card

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  • JEREMY O.
  • 2/13/2011 1:59:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOverclocking problems, but nice price

Pros: -Smaller fans make for less noise, even at high speeds
-Was able to overclock up to 900/1250 @1220 mV and have it be mostly stable
-$157 after a hundred dollar mail in rebate
-Three year warranty
-Looks incredibly sexy

Cons: -Overclocking is often tricky, crashes on certain games and Youtube videos above a certain clock/voltage
-The lack of a shroud means hot air just gets recirculated, resulting in higher temps
-The card is famous for not being able to increase its voltage past stock settings without it crashing
-Haven't seen my rebate after 4 months

Other Thoughts: XFX 5850 cards are on sale for the same price with rebate now too. I would of rather of got one of those- double lifetime warranty and better overclocking.
I'm going to have to go yell at MSI to get my rebate, it seems.
Temps cap at around 65 C at full load. It's not cooler then any other 5850 design.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,
“Please contact MSI customer service representative Tom at tomh@msi.com, or call Tom at 626-913-0828 ext 216 with your case details so we can check the rebate status. Thank you.”
Best Regards,
Customer Service Team
Rebate account

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  • bradley v.
  • 1/23/2011 9:15:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: This card performs well. Using the MSI Afterburner OC'ing tool, I was able to push the card to a stable OC with a core clock of 825 and a memory clock of 1200 at stock/auto voltage. At 1174mV, I was able to get to a stable OC of 850 on the core. Solid, but I've seen others claiming higher numbers at similar voltages (who knows if they're over-hyping their numbers or not).

Cons: The dual fans are extraordinarily loud as you increase their RPMs. This is a VERY MINOR issue as the fans need never be over 50% power (in my case), even when aggressively OC'ing and running stability/torture tests.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card prior to the 6000-series Radeons being released and, with the rebates at the time, the price was around $190. There simply was no better value, at the time, in offerings from ATI or NVidia.

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  • Samuel S.
  • 1/20/2011 7:58:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't make the same mistake I did

Pros: Looks very cool! One of the most attractive looking cards on the market.

MSI software suite is by far the best I've ever gotten shipped with a video card, the kind of thing you get from a high quality motherboard manufacturer. Every video card company needs to produce great software with their cards and yet they don't. I will never understand why either, you can buy "great" motherboards for a third of the price of "great" video cards and yet only the motherboards are coming with all the bells and whistles.

Card runs extremely cool. Sometimes things *look* like they've got a great cooling design but don't perform like it. This thing is as cool as it looks and the coolest card, with factory cooling, that I've ever had.

Cons: Unstable even at stock speeds. Overclocking is a joke. You can't game for more then a few hours without having a driver crash, artifacts or a blue screen that requires a hard reset of the computer. And that is at stock setting, obviously with overclock it all happens faster and faster.

I tried a ridiculous amount of drivers to try to get this thing stable but it just was not happening. I searched around and found out that many others are having this problem. There just seems to be a flawed card from an engineering standpoint. It doesn't run hot (again, extremely cool) and you don't have to over volt it too much either to get what would seem to be a good overclock.

I really do not believe that this is a chip problem but MSI has done something to make this card unstable. The 5850 chip is high quality and a great overclocker, from other manufacturers at least.

Other Thoughts: Just don't buy this card. Get another 5850, it is a great chip, but not from MSI.

I will give MSI another chance in the future because I love their software and cooling so much, I hope I do not get burned again but I believe in second chances.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular VGA. Please email me directly via usersupport2@msicomputer.com your VGA's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "EAHR5850". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Robert B.
  • 1/20/2011 11:00:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBargain Beast

Pros: down to under $200 for a radeon 5800 series with a really nice cooler? thank you sir, may I please have another! got it in today, shreds everything i throw at it. only thing that makes it have to actually try is renderings on Revit (architectural drafting program)

Cons: power ports are awkwardly placed, would prefer them on side instead of end of card

Other Thoughts: the muscle car of computer components- enormous, inefficient, cheap, and ridiculously powerful

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/19/2011 1:50:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful card

Pros: Runs my games (WoW and LoL) on max settings at 60 FPS. This card went into my first build and I love it. If I ever need to, I will use the same card to Crossfire. I highly recommend this GPU. Very quiet. I haven't heard the dual fans yet.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Just to note, this card is very large. I am using a HAF 912 and it takes up two PCI slots. Nothing I didn't know ahead of time, but I had no idea it was so large.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/15/2011 9:13:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: looks nice.

Cons: Not even stable on stock speeds, zero over clocking ability, horrible drivers (not really MSI fault), MSI afterburner with this card is a joke, fan makes horrible noise at/or above 50% speed. Basically nothing works as it should.

Other Thoughts: I have owned everything from FX5200, R9550, X800GTO up to HD4870/GTX465 and this HD5850 is the far worst card I have ever owned. Last MSI product I will buy, I won't even bother with RMA... I'll just get a new card. Thanks for wasting my $189 dollars.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular VGA. Please email me directly via usersupport2@msicomputer.com your VGA's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "EAHR5850". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/15/2011 2:42:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Card

Pros: Good stable card running Crysis, Bad Company 2, Medal of Honor, and LoTRO all maxed out without stuttering or lag online. Crysis GPU benchmark gives me about 36+ FPS on average compared to my old card (HD 4870) would give me about 22 FPS. My 3DMark 06 score is about 18,000 overall and Vantage was 13,770 (15,108 GPU and 10,879 CPU) These scores are overclocked, see below. The twin Frozr cooling is nice....

Cons: It's normal operation for any of the new cards but temps would go into the 70s C at 100% GPU usage. I don't like that much heat being pumped into my case so I put my Swiftech MCW80 (water block) on the GPU and some copper ramsinks on the board.

Other Thoughts: I am running this card at 775 core and 1125 RAM speed with 1.250 volts in Afterburner 2.0. the speeds are maxed and the voltage can go to 1.350 but it's not necessary. My Idle temps are sitting at 30° C (card down clocks to 157/300 speed) and now my load temps are in the low 40s C. I highly recommend going the MCW80 route if you can. I plan on buying a second one now that they are back in stock to get me 5970 benchmarks for under $400. 2 more monitors will be next for my dream setup! For comparison's sake I am running:

AMD Phenom II 955 BE on stock speeds (3.2 GHz)
8 GB G.Skill 1600 DDR3 RAM 9-9-9-24-33 2t timings
Windows Vista Premium x64

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