The ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 video card has several things going for it that other HD 5850 cards do not have. First feature is the DIRECTCU copper heatpipes that are in direct contact with the graphics chip. This allows the card to run much cooler than the equivalent HD 5850 video card from another vendor with idle temperatures of 38C and load temperatures of 53C, both below the norm. The Voltage tweaks allow the video card to easily overclock to over 1GHz for the core with 950MHz completely stable. The EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 video card is well worth the purchase at $340, although it is just $50 less than a full fledged HD 5870 card.
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