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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 is a high-end DirectX 11-capable graphics card for notebooks by AMD based on the desktop HD 5770 (RV840) chipset. Essentially, the HD5850 is a Mobility Radeon HD 5870 that has been underclocked by about 11 percent. In contrast to the HD 5870, the 5850 is sometimes equipped with slow DDR3 graphics memory.

The memory interface of the Mobility 5850 is composed of two 64 bit wide controllers leading to a 128 bit memory bus that can access up to 1024 MB of either DDR3 or GDDR5 memory (or even up to just 512 MB of G=DDR3 in lower-end models). If (G)DDR3 is used by the laptop vendor, then the performance of the 5850 will suffer by a noticeable margin.

The 5850 offers 800 MADD cores (called Stream Processors) that are grouped in 160 5-dimensional groups. The cores support DirectX 11 functions in hardware (e.g., Tessellation, OIT, Post-Processing, Shadows, HDR Texture Compression). Furthermore, 16 ROPs, 40TMUs, and 40 TAUs can be found on the chip. All in all, the 1040 Million transistors offer a theoretical computation power of up to 1.12 TFLOPS. 

According to AMD, the HD 5000 series has improved general computing algorithms that the HD 4000 series lacks. Therefore, the performance of applications such as ATI stream, OpenCL, and DirectCompute 11 should be significantly better.

The 3D performance of the Mobility HD 5850 depends heavily on the used graphics RAM, or VRAM. As long as fast GDDR5 is used, the performance should be between a GeForce GTX 260M - 280M in the high end segment. Therefore, all current games as of 2009 should be playable in high details with high resolutions. With DDR3 memory, however, the performance should drop noticeably because of the relatively narrow 128 Bit memory bus. In fact, the GDDR5 version (on par with a GTX 285M) is about 40% faster in the 3DMark Vantage benchmark than the DDR3 equipped version (on par with a GTX 260M). 

Exactly which games can or cannot run fluently on the 5850 can be found on the lower section of this page.

The Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series includes an improved video processor (UVD2) to decode HD videos with the graphics card. The new version is able to decode two HD streams simultaneously (e.g., for Blu-Ray picture in picture), given that the graphics card offers enough memory bandwidth. As a result, it is entirely possible that only AMD GPUs paired with GDDR5 VRAM can decode multiple HD streams in parallel. Beginning with Flash 10.1 Beta, the 5000 series has also been able accelerate Flash HD videos such as on YouTube.

A special feature of the HD 5000 series is its ability to transmit HD audio formats (like Dolby True HD or DTS HD Master Audio) with up to 8 channels and 192 KHz / 24 Bit over HDMI 1.3a.

As with the desktop HD 5000 series, the Mobility HD 5850 also supports Eyefinity to connect up to 6 monitors to the graphics chip. Of course, this depends on how many native monitor outputs the laptop vendor adds to the laptop (and how they are wired). Still, according to our sources, the laptop would specifically need DisplayPort outputs for Eyefinity to work, which, as of this writing, is only available on the HP Envy 17.

Furthermore, the 5850 chip should support PowerXpress (with AMD chipset) and Switchable Graphics (Intel) to switch between the dedicated and chipset / CPU graphics card.

Due to the high power consumption of the Mobility Radeon HD 5850 (40-60 Watt of the 5800 series), the GPU is only suited for large laptops with high-performance (and possibly loud) cooling solutions. According to AMD, the performance-per-watt ratio and the idle power consumption have both been improved thanks to Memory Clock Scaling and Clock Gating.

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the Mobility Radeon HD 5850 should perform slightly slower than a Radeon HD 5750 due to the slower clock rate found on the mobile AMD GPU.

ManufacturerATI
Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series

Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire

1600 @ 700 MHz128 Bit @ 1000 MHz

Mobility Radeon HD 5870

800 @ 700 MHz128 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Mobility Radeon HD 5850 800 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 2000 MHz

Mobility Radeon HD 5830

800 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameBroadway-PRO
ArchitectureTerascale 2
Pipelines800 - unified
Core Speed *625 MHz
Memory Speed *2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3, GDDR3, GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption39 Watt
Transistors1040 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesEyefinity (up to 6 displays), HD Audio (Dolby True HD, DTS HD), HDMI 1.3a, Avivo HD (UVD2.2)
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement07.01.2010
Information1.0 TFLOPS
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4412      avg: 5365.6 (10%)     median: 5038 (10%)     max: 7089 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4963      avg: 5854.8 (12%)     median: 5591.5 (12%)     max: 7147 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 7885      avg: 9775.9 (26%)     median: 9189 (24%)     max: 12027 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 12837      avg: 15364.8 (42%)     median: 15452.5 (42%)     max: 17072 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 24488      avg: 28295.8 (19%)     median: 26228 (17%)     max: 35948 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 14.7      avg: 17.1 (9%)     median: 17.1 (9%)     max: 19.5 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 4791      avg: 5613.6 (21%)     median: 5904 (23%)     max: 6091 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 3.79      avg: 3.8 (6%)     median: 3.8 (6%)     max: 3.79 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 15.4      avg: 15.4 (24%)     median: 15.4 (24%)     max: 15.4 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 5.91      avg: 5.9 (5%)     median: 5.9 (5%)     max: 5.91 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 17.78      avg: 26.4 (22%)     median: 25.6 (21%)     max: 40.31 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4549      avg: 5520.7 (38%)     median: 5573 (38%)     max: 6340 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 6.8      avg: 6.9 (87%)     median: 6.8 (86%)     max: 7.2 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
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Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Call of Duty: Black Ops
low 800x600
57 57 57 ~ 57 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
52 52 52 ~ 52 fps      Compare
high 1360x768
49 49 49 ~ 49 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37 37 37 ~ 37 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
med. 1024x768
150.8 fps  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
90.8 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
54.9 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
med. 1024x768
53.8 56.3 ~ 55 fps      Compare
high 1360x768
46.4 50.1 ~ 48 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29.3 31.1 ~ 30 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
StarCraft 2
low 1024x768
160  fps      Compare
med. 1360x768
49.3 fps 51.8 fps 54 ~ 52 fps      Compare
high 1360x768
30.4 fps 33.2 fps 52 ~ 39 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19.3 fps 20.2 fps 30 ~ 23 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Metro 2033
low 800x600
66.6 fps  fps      Compare
med. 1360x768
32 fps 33.5 fps ~ 33 fps      Compare
high 1600x900
17.7 fps 19 fps 19.3 ~ 19 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
5.5 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
med. 1366x768
50.9 fps 55.5 fps 75.1 ~ 61 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
36.5 fps 40.1 fps 54.5 ~ 44 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
17.5 fps 18.6 fps 30.8 ~ 22 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
CoD Modern Warfare 2
med. 1024x768
51.9 fps 56.5 fps 73.4 ~ 61 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
42.5 fps 47.8 fps 64.3 ~ 52 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26.9 fps 30.9 fps 46.7 ~ 35 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
88  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
37.8 fps 38 42 fps 52.5 ~ 43 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
27 27.6 fps 30.6 fps 37.8 ~ 31 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20 20.2 fps 22.4 fps 29.1 ~ 23 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Resident Evil 5
low 800x600
83.3  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
53.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
31.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Need for Speed Shift
med. 1024x768
47.6 fps 49.8 fps 50 ~ 49 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
36.9 fps 38.6 fps 48.2 ~ 41 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
23.6 fps 23.8 fps 40.1 ~ 29 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Colin McRae: DIRT 2
med. 1024x768
66 67.2 69.5 ~ 68 fps      Compare
high 1360x768
33.3 35 53.8 ~ 41 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
18.3 18.6 31.8 ~ 23 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
ultra 1280x1024
37 fps 40.8 fps 57.3 ~ 45 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F.E.A.R. 2
med. 1024x768
80.7 fps 84.9 fps 86.8 ~ 84 fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
58.9 fps 62.6 fps 82.2 ~ 68 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
31.2 fps 32.3 fps 56.6 ~ 40 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
med. 1024x768
56.2 57.6 65.1 ~ 60 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
37.4 39.8 46.6 ~ 41 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
10.2 10.7 16.2 ~ 12 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
med. 1024x768
54.7 56.7 60.8 ~ 57 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
30.5 32.4 44.6 ~ 36 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9.1 9.5 14.8 ~ 11 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings high.

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

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Notebook reviews with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics card

Acer Aspire 5943G-728G64Wnss: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.6", 3 kg
  Review » Review Acer Aspire 5943G Notebook

Acer Aspire 7745G-434G50Bn: Intel Core i5 430M, 17.3", 3.2 kg
  Review » Review Acer Aspire 7745G Notebook

Acer Aspire 8943G-728G1.28TWn: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 3.9 kg
  Review » Review Acer Aspire 8943G Notebook

HP Envy 17-1190eg: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17,3", 3.4 kg
  Review » Review HP Envy 17-1190eg Notebook

MSI GX640-i5447LW7P: Intel Core i5 430M, 15.4", 2.7 kg
  Review » Review MSI GX640-i5447LW7P Notebook

Packard Bell EasyNote LX86-JO-022GE: Intel Core i5 450M, 17.3", 3.1 kg
  Review » Review Packard Bell EasyNote LX86 Notebook

Acer Aspire 5942G-524G64Bn: Intel Core i5 520M, 15.6", 3.1 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 5942G-524G64Bn

Acer Aspire 5943G: Intel Core i7 620M, 15.6", 2.8 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 5943G

Acer Aspire 5943G-5454G64Mnss: Intel Core i7 620M, 15.6", 2.8 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 5943G-5454G64Mnss

Acer Aspire 5943G-728G64Wnss: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.6", 3 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 5943G-728G64Wnss

Acer Aspire 5943G-7748G64Wnss: Intel Core i7 740QM, 15.6", 3.3 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 5943G-7748G64Wnss

Acer Aspire 7745G-434G50Bn: Intel Core i5 430M, 17.3", 3.2 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 7745G-434G50Bn

Acer Aspire 7745G-5464G50Mnks: Intel Core i5 460M, 17.3", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 7745G-5464G50Mnks

Acer Aspire 7745G-5464G64Bnks : Intel Core i5 460M, 17.3", 3.3 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 7745G-5464G64Bnks

Acer Aspire 7745G-728G1TBiks: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 7745G-728G1TBiks

Acer Aspire 8942G-434G50Mi: Intel Core i5 430M, 18.4", 4.6 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8942G-434G50Mi

Acer Aspire 8942G-526G64Bi: Intel Core i5 520M, 18.4", 4.6 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8942G-526G64Bi

Acer Aspire 8942G-728G128TWn: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.2 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8942G-728G128TWn

Acer Aspire 8943G: Intel Core i7 820QM, 18.4", 4.6 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8943G

Acer Aspire 8943G-624G1TMn: Intel Core i7 620M, 18.4", 4.6 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8943G-624G1TMn

Acer Aspire 8943G-6782: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 3.7 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8943G-6782

Acer Aspire 8943G-72161.28TWn: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 3.9 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8943G-72161.28TWn

Acer Aspire 8943G-728G1.28TWn: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 3.9 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8943G-728G1.28TWn

Acer Aspire 8943G-7748G1.5TWns: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.6 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8943G-7748G1.5TWns

Acer Aspire 8943G-9319: Intel Core i7 740QM, 18.4", 4.5 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8943G-9319

Acer Aspire 8943G-9429: Intel Core i7 740QM, 18.4", 3.9 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8943G-9429

HP EliteBook 8560w: Intel Core i7 2820QM, 15.6", 3.6 kg
  External Review » HP EliteBook 8560w

HP Envy 17: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.5 kg
  External Review » HP Envy 17

HP Envy 17-1050ea: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
  External Review » HP Envy 17-1050ea

HP Envy 17-1117ef: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 4.6 kg
  External Review » HP Envy 17-1117ef

HP Envy 17-1190eg: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17,3", 3.4 kg
  External Review » HP Envy 17-1190eg

HP Envy 17-1195ea: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
  External Review » HP Envy 17-1195ea

HP Envy 17-3D: Intel Core i5 580M, 17.3", 3.4 kg
  External Review » HP Envy 17-3D

HP Pavilion dv8-1250er: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.5 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv8-1250er

MSI GX640: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.7 kg
  External Review » MSI GX640

MSI GX640-i5447LW7P: Intel Core i5 430M, 15.4", 2.7 kg
  External Review » MSI GX640-i5447LW7P

Packard Bell EasyNote LX86-JO-022GE: Intel Core i5 450M, 17.3", 3.1 kg
  External Review » Packard Bell EasyNote LX86-JO-022GE

» Comparison of GPUs
Detailled list of all laptop GPUs with a short description. Classified and sorted by performance.

» Benchmark List
Sortable and restrainable list of all GPUs with benchmarks (e.g. 3DMarks).

» Notebook Gaming List
Which game can be played with my graphics card.

Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
Radeon R6 M255DX
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
Mali-T760 MP6