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VisionTek 900297 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

  • 1440 Stream Processors
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime


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  • Andrew K.
  • 6/7/2011 6:38:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThis card rocks...after some troubleshooting

Pros: So I have an ASUS board for overclockers...with this card, LEAVE OVERCLOCKING ALONE OR DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT THE INFINITE BEEP. There's a review that swore this didn't work with his board...it works if you turn off PCIe clock monitoring and have enough power. In order to isolate the problem I jumped out a second dedicated power supply AND disabled the PCIe clock mandate in BIOS. If you still have problems...hit me up and we'll chat aking1012.com@gmail.com....Love this card.

Cons: I had to troubleshoot clockrate on the PCIe slot and give it a dedicated powersupply. I also had to give it BOTH 6 pin adapters...order it here at the same time if you're buying this card and don't have the connectors on your BEAST PSU or a second PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812196870

Other Thoughts: Worth the pain of troubleshooting...

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  • Ben M.
  • 5/17/2011 1:37:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsSent mine back

Pros: In stock. I got 6 open box (for reasons I now understand) for ~$150 off TD which is fairly cheap for this card model.

Cons: Design quality is poor. I couldn't a single one over 840 MHz clock speed. I have 8 ASUS brand 5850s and none of them become unstable below 910 MHz.

They use the full PCI-e spec space, and a lot of that used space is unnecessary plastic which significantly hinders heat dissipation.

The fan material is also very cheap and one broke immediately after coming into contact with a stray cable.

My last major complaint is probably only because I bought open-box, but there were no included cables. After factoring in cable purchases, it would have been cheaper to buy a quality card of this model.

Other Thoughts: ASUS & Sapphire are the only two 5850 brands I'm aware of with a due good reputation. Both dissipate heat very efficiently, are quiet, and have excellent build quality.

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  • Eric P.
  • 4/11/2011 4:50:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggspicture perfect

Pros: Reference Design - no issues as others stated, loaded current ATI drivers with Windows 7. Run cool - 40 C. Did not happen to buy at Newegg - but my card looks like the picture. No hiccups in games.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: VisionTek distributes other vendors video cards. That is the reason your video card may not look like the picture. Even Newegg would not know exactly what is in the box other than the card WILL BE A 5850.

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  • Bob B.
  • 4/1/2011 1:50:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper card runs everything and Great service

Pros: I've had this card for almost a year and I can truly say it's a great card. Ran any game I had with ease and didn't have any glitches. I was coming from a GeForce 7950 GX2 so this card just blew me away with it's image quality and frame rates.
Purchased this from Newegg.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: About 10 months into ownership I had a melt down sorta speak ,, The card went down with a SQUEAL,, POP,,POP and then nothing,,was totally bummed out to say the least. I contacted Vision Tek tech support and got a timely reply(2 days). Was issued an RMA number, and I sent it back to them. I sent the card back on the 28th and received a new card back in my hands on the 1st,, just 5 days including shipping time to get a new card back to me. Totally rocking service if you ask me. Vision Tek made this as painless as possible, while some times things happen and parts can and do fail, Vision Tek customer service was on top of this all the way.

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  • Daniel L.
  • 1/26/2011 12:16:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsMet my average expectations

Pros: Cool and quiet for a fairly standard looking card (the one I got was not a reference design, though). The low-power draw was a big selling point for me as well. Able to run almost all the games I tried at full resolution so long as post-effects were left off (Fallout New Vegas, for whatever reason would run perfectly with everything turned up all the way, including AA, bloom, HDR, etc.). Never had any driver issues (and I toyed with a half dozen different iterations trying to fix some problems with a couple of particular games). Seems to be a very stable card and is worth recommending for those who want to install and run at stock settings without worrying about it going forward.

Cons: Doesn't like anti-aliasing above a x2 multiplier, and absolutely could not handle ambient occlusion on any resolution. I tested AO using a number of benchmarks and it would either lock the video up completely (until I force crashed the program) or stutter to less than a frame per second. FFXIV was the only game I attempted to turn AO on in and its performance was equally poor (though to be fair, everything in that game must be taken with a grain of salt). Also I couldn't get a stable overclock at all using the most basic techniques in the Catalyst software. Because of it I didn't even bother with other BIOS or overclocking. Given how well the card ran otherwise I'm suspect to believe it was defective, but given its complete inability to overclock I wasn't able to push the throttle at all to see if it was just a hardware limitation.

Other Thoughts: There were two reasons I bought this card over other 5850s: a national retailer offered it so I'd have a local site for any returns/exchanges under MFG warranty (a huge advantage) and it was the only 5850 that seemed to be available at the time with a reference design, and I wanted to put a Thermalright heatsink on it. As it turns out, it wasn't a reference design but luckily there were enough reviews to warn me this might be the case. I work with computers, both as a builder for acquaintances and a small-time repair guy, and I've always had pretty good luck fixing OS issues or recognizing hardware problems when applicable. Others I've consulted believe the card to be bad if it mishandles AO as this one does, but I'm still unsure. Ultimately I'll be exchanging it under the MFG warranty to see if I have any luck with the next one.

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  • Habib A.
  • 12/7/2010 7:51:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsVisiontek Warranty sucks 10 Year Experienced Tech

Pros: NONE....Worked for a little bit THEN FAILED

Cons: FAILED....WITHIN A FEW MONTHS DO NOT BUY FROM VISIONTEK THEY DO NOT HONOR THEIR WARRANTY DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY SAY. BFG was definitely a better company than VISIONTEK WILL EVER BE---->

Other Thoughts: I have tried multiple manufacturer's Visiontek is the worst one.....

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  • Mario G.
  • 11/11/2010 7:30:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood card for the money

Pros: Is very quite compared to my GTX 260. I have this setup in crossfire mode and it gives me very decent performance. I'm limited to crossfire due to the X48 chipset, otherwise I would have gone with a couple of GTX 470s.

Cons: Can't overclock the memory, not even by 1 MHz. Only got 15 MHz on the core, but is better than nothing.

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  • nick r.
  • 8/6/2010 10:10:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBEWARE not a reference card

Pros: none. not supposed to say anything bad about newegg. so just fill in the blanks on this one. __________________________________....

Cons: not a reference card. looks like the diamond card with cooling pipes and a large fan in the center. Not what the pictures show as a ATI reference card. Paid for 2 day shipping took over 24 hrs to ship.

Other Thoughts: Now I have to return and wait to get my money back if I can actually find a reference card now. They are getting hard to find and and this was the last one that Newegg supposedly carried. Looks like MSI is the only way to go now.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/30/2010 12:08:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It certainly does its job well. I'm currently bottlenecked on the CPU, so I can't give accurate numbers to its max potentional (not really important; see benchmarks for that).

Anyway, I don't find it particularly loud, but my case is noisy to begin with.

Cons: Take these with a grain of salt; I have yet to narrow down the culprit of these issues.

If you bump the case, you frequently will lose all video output. The computer will continue to function normally, but you will be unable to see anything. Rebooting does not fix this. Once you turn off the PC and try to reboot, you will fail to POST. I've had various things fix this: waiting for awhile with it off, replugging the ATX power connector, and reseating RAM/Video Card. For those reasons, I suspect the issue is something other than the card itself.

My system also falls prey to the Mirror's Edge FPS-lag bug (it's a bug from the game being a console port), but I'm not sure if that's the card itself or something else. Either way, it's the games fault, but just a heads up.

Other Thoughts: I've had this card for about 7 months.

Peak temp I've seen is about 70'C and idle is around mid-50's -- well within acceptable temperatures. (My CPU cores idle 35-40C and peak ~55C, for relative reference).

Until I narrow down my other issues, I'm unwilling to recommend this as a buy or don't buy.

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  • jason m.
  • 6/26/2010 8:54:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Replaced BFG GTX 260 OC edition. For me, the upgrade is quite noticeable. No issues with Battlefield 2 and Bioshock 2 completely maxed out on my 22inch 1080p Asus monitor. ZERO compatibility issues with my old AM2+ asus board. Took the old card out, plopped this thing in, ran the cd that came with it, over clocked with catalyst provided by AMD and was up an running in 10 minutes.

Oh, and I got to keep my old PSU (650W). Sweet. No heat issues.

Cons: Card does get a bit loud when you crank the fan to full speed, but otherwise its about as noisy as my GTX 260.

Other Thoughts: No issues. Best bang for the buck. Didn't have to buy a big fat new case to fit the card. So that saves me a couple of hundred bucks. Runs DX11. Looking forward to running Brink, Rage, and Fallout3 New Vegas.

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