ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review: Filling The Gap - HotHardware

ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review: Filling The Gap

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As we've mentioned, the Radeon HD 5830 was designed to slot into AMD's graphics card line-up right in between the Radeon HD 5770 and the Radeon HD 5850. If you take a look at the specs in the table below, you'll see how AMD went about it.

The Radeon HD 5830 has the very same 2.15B transistor GPU at its heart as the Radeon HD 5850 and 5870. With the 5830, however, a number of stream processing units have been disabled, bringing the total active SP count down to 1120. The same 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1GHz (4.0Gbps effective) used on the 5850 makes its way onto the Radeon HD 5830, but the GPU clock on the 5830 is much higher--800MHz to be exact. Texture fillrate and compute performance for the 5830 is again somewhere in between the 5770 and 5850, but note that the Radeon HD 5830's raw pixel fillrate is actually a bit lower than the more affordable 5770. Also note, that the Radeon HD 5830 has a max board power of 175W, which is higher than the 5850. Despite having fewer Stream Processors, the higher GPU clock on the 5830 will result in higher peak power consumption.

    

 
Radeon HD 5830 cards from XFX, PowerColor, HIS, Sapphite, and Gigabyte

AMD also pointed out that the Radeon HD 5830 will be shipping from multiple add in board partners with custom PCBs and coolers from the get-go. This is in stark contrast to a typical launch, which is usually comprised of nothing but reference cards outfitted with different decals. It's not until the second wave hits (if there is a second wave), that the custom versions of a particular card arrive. Although we tested a reference card for this article, physically, it was nothing like some of the partner Radeon HD 5830 boards coming down the pipeline. Above is an assortment of cards from a few well respected AIB partners. Notice the difference in size between the XFX card and some of the others.

 
 
 
Our Reference Radeon HD 5830 Looked Just Like A 5870

The reference ATI Radeon HD 5830 we tested was virtually indistinguishable from a Radeon HD 5870, aesthetically speaking. The card was 10.5" long and featured a black fan shroud that encased the entire PCB. The card's cooler has a barrel fan that draws air into the shroud, where it is forced through the heatsink and partially exhausted from the system through vents in the card's mounting plate. Two more small vents at the back also direct some air within the system.

The outputs on the Radeon HD 5830 consist of dual, dual-link DVI outputs, an HDMI output (with audio) and a DisplayPort output, and like the other members of the Radeon HD 5000 series the 5830 supports 3-monitor Eyefinity configurations. Also note, that because the card has a max board power of 175W, it requires dual 6-pin supplemental PCIe power connectors.

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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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