Excerpt: You have to give AMD credit for trying to make lemonade out of lemons. The Radeon HD 5830 is the odd duck of AMD’s 5000-series GPUs. The card itself is as long as the high-end HD 5870, and consumes more power at idle than the Radeon HD 5850. But that’s what you’d expect of a card built on a “salvaged” chip. Salvaged chips are produced by taking chips that fail to pass muster as the highest-end part and selling them as lower-end parts.
Pros: Good performance; XFX warranty; interesting cooler design.
Cons: Priced too high for the performance; needs more space than a 5850.
Summary: By launching their Radeon HD 5830 Advanced Micro Devices closed the empty spot between Radeon HD 5850 and Radeon HD 5770. Today we are going to talk about one of the mass production solutions based on this GPU. It will be represented by XFX Radeon HD 5830.
Pros: Wide range of supported FSAA modes;, Best Edge-detect CFAA in the industry;, Best anisotropic filtering in the industry;, Supports up to three monitors;, DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0 and DirectCompute 11 support;, Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding;, High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;, HDMI 1.3a support;, DisplayPort support;, Integrated sound core;, 7.1 sound over HDMI including Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio;, Low noise;, Good overc...
Cons: Performance is too low for the price;, Yields to Radeon HD 4890 and GeForce GTX 275 in some cases;, Extremely limited RBE sub-system;, Relatively high power consumption;, No PhysX acceleration support.
Conclusion: The XFX Radeon HD 5830 easily equaled the performance levels set by the engineering prototype we received from ATI. That's important, because each of the AIB partners was on their own during the development process. There's a lot of diversity in the 5830 product mix, something we don't often see. It was reassuring to see the frame rates match up, but it was also good to see the thermal and power consumption results fall within the ballpark established by the prototype.
Pros: Robust, modern power supply design, Unmatched feature set, 1250 MHz Samsung GDDR5 memory, Full 256-bit memory architecture, 1.79 TeraFLOPS of double-precision computing, Free Aliens vs. Predators game, Double-Lifetime warranty, HDMI, (2) DVI-I, and DisplayPort interfaces, Easy to overclock with ATI Overdrive, Dual CrossFireX connectors
Cons: Only 1120 Stream Processors, Only 16 ROPs, same as HD 5770, No software voltage control, can limit OC abilities, Stock fan settings make GPU too hot, Stock GPU clock is nearly maxed out, Requires more power than stock HD 5850
Summary: Whether Radeon HD 5830 is faster than GeForce GTX 275 or not depends on the game. From the six games and simulations we ran, Radeon HD 5830 was the winner in three (3DMark Vantage, Crysis Warhead and Unigine Tropics), tied in one (Fallout 3) and lost in two (Call of Duty 4 at 1920x1200 resolution and above – at 1680x1050 both cards achieved the same performance – and Far Cry 2).
Conclusion: There is no denying the fact that the XFX HD 5830 is an interesting product that is marketed towards mass market acceptance. It doesn’t carry the price of the higher end HD 5850 and its performance does surpass that of the HD 5770 which is exactly what ATI set out to accomplish. This should make it an answer to the prayers of many consumers looking for something ATI’s lower-end HD 5700 series cards just can’t deliver.
Conclusion: Después de una larga sesión de pruebas, la XFX Radeon HD 5830 demostró un desempeño solido para el sector de mercado al que va dirigido, sus resultados fueron superiores a la 5770 pero no por mucho.
Summary: Als die XFX Radeon HD 5830 bei uns in der Redaktion ankam, warfen wir sofort einen Blick in das Innere der Verpackung, denn eigentlich erwarteten wir die zum Start des kleinsten RV870-Chips angekündigte verkürzte Version. Stattdessen grinste uns ein Modell mit gewohnter Länge, aber anderem Kühler entgegen. Doch das verbaute Kühlsystem ist ebenfalls nur ein alter Bekannter und entstammt einer ATI Radeon HD 5770 der zweiten Revision.