ASUS Radeon HD EAH5850 DirectCU TOP Video Card Review

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ASUS Radeon HD EAH5850 Box and Bundle


The retail box has some unique artwork. It displays that the it has been overclocked, the DirectCU heatsink, and top bin GPU’s.

ASUS EAH5850 TOP Bundle

The hardware bundle provided with the card is pretty standard with a single DVI to D-Sub adaptor, a HDMI to DVI adaptor, and a power cable. Also included is the CrossFireX bridge.

Software Bundle

ASUS EAH5850 TOP Smart Doctor

Software includes the driver disc, ASUS Smart Doctor, and Gamer OSD utilities. The Smart Doctor utility gives you the power to change the clock speeds of both the memory and GPU. You also get voltage control to the GPU which will allow you to reach even higher speeds.

ASUS EAH5850 TOP Smart Doctor

You have full control of the GPU fan, that also displays the RPM in the monitor. The max RPM of the fan on the EAH5850 DirecCU is 4200RPM.

ASUS EAH5850 TOP Smart Doctor

Another great feature of the Smart Doctor is the Hyperdrive, which allows the video card to be automatically overclocked by software.


Gamer OSD gives you access to hotkeys to enable/disable different settings, like color saturation and to change overclocking profiles. Gamer OSD also has some compelling features on it like frame rate monitoring as well as On Screen/In Game video capture. This is something generally users will install FRAPS for. The difference here is that Gamer OSD allows you do free in-game video capture, which is something you have to pay extra for with FRAPS if you wanted to do long video clips.

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