The long road to DirectX 11 and Windows 7 from DirectX 10 and Windows Vista, has meant that ATI and NVIDIA have released many video cards on their DirectX 10 architectures. The XFX HD 5850 Black Edition is an overclocked HD 5850 showing performance differences in every benchmark. Feature-wise the card supports DirectX 11, Eyefinity and improved FSAA. The card sells online for $359.99 which is a $20 markup from the reference card. The Black Edition is $50 less than the least expensive 5870, but offers excellent performance for the 5850 series of cards. The only drawback to the entire new ATI lineup is ATI cannot get the cards to the market fast enough to keep up with demand as Newegg and other e-tailors sell out the cards faster than they can put them on the shelve. XFX has taken the 5850 above the reference clock speed and came up with an excellent card in their Black Edition version. This a Hot Product that is ready for Windows 7 and DX11 when it arrives on the scene.
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