Sapphire Pulse RX 5500 XT Review: Is 4 GB VRAM Enough?

We’ll be taking a slight detour in our testing today to help shed some light on this. Instead of comparing similar cards performance which we typically do. We’ll be testing a Sapphire Pulse 4 GB and comparing it to a Gigabyte Gaming OC 8 GB RX 5500 XT to see what impact, if any, having only 4 GB of VRAM may have on gaming. Since these cards are physically wired at PCIe x8 We’ll also testing PCIe 4.0 against PCIe 3.0 performance to see if opening up the PCIe bandwidth has any impact on the results. Read More

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HIS HD 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo 4GB GPU Review with Crossfire

HIS sent us not one, but two of their brand new 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo 4GB cards. I find the combination of 4GB of RAM and a 7850 to be a bit odd as a single card has little hope of driving enough monitor to need more than 2GB. A pair of cards on the other hand, have a chance. In Crossfire (and SLI) the GPU RAM is not added together, a pair of 2GB cards still gives you 2GB. Thus for high resolution (or extremely high detail) use, two 2GB cards might not cut it. Enter the 7850 4GB cards! Inexpensive enough to crossfire (I hope), plenty of RAM for top end stuff. The main question is, does a 7850 core have enough guts to push that many pixels? I aim to find out. Read More