ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review: Filling The Gap - HotHardware

ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review: Filling The Gap

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Performance Summary: All things considered, the Radeon HD 5830 proved to be a strong performer. At its expected $239 price point, the Radeon HD 5830's closest competition from NVIDIA is currently the GeForce GTX 275. In that match-up, strictly from a performance standpoint, the GeForce GTX 275 has a slight edge overall. In the games and applications we tested, the Radeon HD 5830 wins a few tests and the GeForce GTX 275 wins a few. But the GTX 275 pulled ahead more often than not. The deltas separating the two cards, however, were always relatively small. Factor in the Radeon HD 5830's lower power consumption, and support for DX11 and Eyefinity, however, and it easily becomes the better buy in our opinion.

When we started this article, we explained that the Radeon HD 5830 was being introduced to fill in the gap in the Radeon HD 5000 series separating the Radeon HD 5850 and the 5770. Looking back at the numbers, it's blatantly obvious that's exactly where the Radeon HD 5830 falls in AMD's current graphics card line-up in terms of performance. And with an SEP (suggested e-tail price) of $239, the Radeon HD 5830 falls smack dab in the middle of the $319-ish Radeon HD 5850 and $165-ish Radeon HD 5770 too.

Although it's clearly a solid performer, the Radeon HD 5830 is a tricky recommendation. If you've got a monitor with a native resolution of 1680x1050, it may be advisable to save a few bucks and go with the 5770, which was right on the 5830's heals at that resolution throughout testing. If you've got a monitor that supports a native resolution of 1920x1200 or higher though, the additional investment necessary to score a Radeon HD 5850 may be worth it.  See our L4D2, H.A.W.X., and ET:QW results if you need more convincing.

Regardless, the Radeon HD 5830 is clearly the best card to purchase at its price point. Unless you've got to have PhysX support, we'd trade the GTX 275's slight performance advantage overall for the Radeon HD 5830's support for DX11 and superior power consumption/thermal characteristics.


But Wait! There's More! The Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Is On The Horizon

So, with the Radeon HD 5000 series fully fleshed out and covering virtually every meaningful price point, you may think AMD is done with product launches for a while, but you'd be wrong. The Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition is slated for release sometime in the not too distant future. As you can see in the slide above, the card is essentially the same as the current Radeon HD 5870, but with a larger 2GB frame buffer and of course, support for up to 6 monitors. Power consumption is marginally higher as well, due to the increased number of chips and outputs on the card.

Stay tuned to HotHardware for more details on the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition as they become available. We promise, it won't be long.

  • Competitive Price
  • Strong Performance
  • DX 11 Support
  • Eyefinity Support

     

    • Relatively High Power Consumption
    • Doesn't Dominate the Older GTX 275

       

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      WOW ATI has like the own product category with these 5000 cards, this is mainly the top performers, there are as many or more under these, not to mention the 5970. I wonder if there will be a 5990 with two 5870 gpu's and 2 gigs of ram as well as the 6 display capabilities to close out the product line lol.

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      Ill probably buy this card soon...

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      What they need to do is get over themselves and lower all of the prices on all of the cards right away. They do have an advantage and they're milking it for all it's worth right now,...........at the consumer's expense.

      I hope to see NVIDIA get the lead out of their asses and release their new line of cards so the ATI guys are FORCED to lower prices to survive.

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      dear HH,

      it would be much appreciated if you could do some crossfire benching...

       

      for example, i bought a 5770 because the 5850 was unavailable, out of stock, and over priced.

       

      so now would it be better to get another 5770 and crossfire it?

      or should i get a 5830 and crossfire it with my 5770?

       

      or just sell the 5770 and get a 5850...?

       

      these are the hard hitting questions we need answers to! =]

       

      thanks for the good work as always!

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      Looks like a winner, just wonder what designs we will see as OEM's are allowed to create their own PCB and fan design? I still think the 5870 is the way to go though IMO.

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      The mobile 5830 is the card that will be going into the HP Envy laptops. I was pretty surprised by the power profile, this card is par with 5850. For its performance though, the $239 price point seems a little high, especially when the 5770 can be had for much less (I've seen them for ~$140-145).

       

      realneil:

      What they need to do is get over themselves and lower all of the prices on all of the cards right away. They do have an advantage and they're milking it for all it's worth right now,...........at the consumer's expense.

      I hope to see NVIDIA get the lead out of their asses and release their new line of cards so the ATI guys are FORCED to lower prices to survive.

       

      Agreed. I remember the 5850 was supposed to be $280, instead it sells for over $300. The GTX 480 will correct the prices somewhat, but that's if Nvidia has a smooth launch. Until then, the world belongs to ATI.

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      I don't know realneil, and I don't mean they should not lower prices as I do. However; with all the activity going on lately at AMD/ATI, I think before long we will see the next release of cards from them. I don't know if as the MSI release shows the next stage in the 5000 series cards with customized releases. Or ATI releasing the next version of there GPU (which in the last couple of year's seems to always happen in early/mid fall), but Nvidia has been making noise lately.

      When Intel started announcing there new 6 core ramping up to an 8 core CPU, ATI made pre-releases in announcement form there 8-12 core CPU's. Also regarding GPU development specifically, GPU development runs 3 years prior to release generally. However they just started talking about there new board and co-processing technology, as far as AMD/ATI goes this has happened every 1 or 2 years as of late, and is directly followed on the second release of this type or shortly there after, with a GPU.

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      I have 5850 which i really like but the price tag did not sit well with me. Any ways that looks like a pretty sweet card

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