Japanese website Hermitage akihabara have scored front 3/4th view pictures of Sapphire’s Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 in good quality.

Both the HD 5800 series cards are virtually identical from the outside – except for length. The HD 5850 ends up shorter – around 9.5″/24cm, around HD 4870/90 length; the HD 5870 is longer, at 10.5″/27cm length – the same length as a 4870 X2. 

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Japanese website Hermitage akihabara have scored front 3/4th view pictures of Sapphire’s Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 in good quality.

Both the HD 5800 series cards are virtually identical from the outside – except for length. The HD 5850 ends up shorter – around 9.5″/24cm, around HD 4870/90 length; the HD 5870 is longer, at 10.5″/27cm length – the same length as a 4870 X2.

There has been considerable speculation about the HD 5850′s appearance as no prior pictures had leaked on to the web (except a presentation slide). We have our answer now.

Both Sapphire cards feature the reference cooler, and sport 1GB GDDR5 memory. Needless to say, Sapphire and other vendors will surely release non-reference designs in the future. Also, the HD 5870 pictured below is the standard version. Rumoured is a 2GB HD 5870 SIX/Eyefinity edition as well as a 2GB standard edition. The HD 5870 will be priced in the $349-399 range, and the HD 5850 in the $249-299. Both release on 22nd/23rd September (depending on where you live), which is less than 4 days away. Rumours suggest widespread availability will follow a week later.

RadeonHD5850 1g Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850/5870 pictured
RadeonHD5870 1g Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850/5870 pictured

Reference: Hermitage akihabara