Weaker, but CheaperThe graphics war is looking more and more one-sided these days as ATI continues to pour out its latest Evergreen (Radeon 5000) series of cards. Just weeks after the range-top...
The Radeon HD 5850 performed decently on Crysis Warhead. Although it was nowhere as quick as the Radeon HD 5870, it still managed to outperform NVIDIA's quickest single GPU card, the GeForce GTX 285, albeit by the slightest of margins.
On Far Cry 2, the Radeon HD 5850 began brightly, clocking a massive 76.28 fps, which was a whopping 20% faster than what the GeForce GTX 285 could achieve. However, that lead gradually eroded as we increased the settings, indicating that the HD 5850 is not as adept as the HD 5870. We also noted that there was a big difference in performance between the HD 5850 and HD 5770 - the HD 5850 was about 50% quicker in all instances.