Radeon HD 5850 review (CrossfireX)
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 09/29/2009 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
When we flip the card around we see another change. The bigger brother, Radeon HD 5870, has its two power connectors located at the top side of the graphics card, and here on the 5850 it's located at one of the air intakes. A bit of a weird sight to see really. You'll need two 6-pin PEG connectors leading from your power supply.
The power consumption maxes out at just 170 Watts for the Radeon HD 5850. As such two 6-pin power connectors are all you need to connect, each delivering 75 Watts, adding up to 150 Watts.
And if you are wondering where the rest of the power comes from... another 75 Watts is delivered through the PCIe bus.
Tossed and turned around we see the rear side, no backplate here, but we do see two CrossfireX connectors, allowing you to go two, three or even four-way on Crossfire. We recommend you stick at a maximum of two GPUs though.
Here's a nice photo of the Radeon HD 5850, this is how it can look in your PC mate... ours is an all pimped out, way too expensive test system though. But yeah, that certainly looks good.
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