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#1 Nemo

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 03:31 AM

In what may be one of the final pieces to the HD 5000-series puzzle, ATI has released the HD 5830 videocard that slots in between the $180 HD 5770 and $310 HD 5850. OCC's ccokeman examines the Sapphire HD 5830 Modern Warfare 2 Edition - http://www.overclock...apphire_hd5830/

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 10:34 AM

i was hoping it was faster @ stock. But from the OC result looks like a good buy if u OC it.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 10:40 AM

Great review - looks like the card has great OC abilities!
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 11:36 AM

I read that the 5830 cores are basically 5850 cores that weren’t able to meet the binning requirements for use in the actual HD 5850. I hope that doesn't mean the OC potential will differ too much from chip to chip.

I was also hoping for a card that's physically smaller than the 5850 though, so I was kind of disappointed when the 5830 is just as long and and in some cases even longer than the 5850.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 11:50 AM

I read that the 5830 cores are basically 5850 cores that weren’t able to meet the binning requirements for use in the actual HD 5850. I hope that doesn't mean the OC potential will differ too much from chip to chip.

I was also hoping for a card that's physically smaller than the 5850 though, so I was kind of disappointed when the 5830 is just as long and and in some cases even longer than the 5850.

The 5830, 5850, and 5870 all use the same cores. :) As yields get better the lower end cards will be produced by better and better chips (which already seems to be the case, > 1 GHz core clock is nothing to sneeze at). Since the starting cards will have some actual faulty chips in them they need more power to operate properly; hence the larger than expected cards. Physically they could make the same board for all three and just disable different parts of the chips for different SKUs (as well as different BIOSes).

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 02:27 PM

Looks to be a solid card, though some of the benchmarks it didn't do real well in. Seems to be about even with the 4890, but you are getting DX11 with it. I bet two of them in Crossfire would be really nice, little bit more of a boost than two 5770s imo. Though if its between the 5830 or the GTX 260/275.. I'm going to go with the 5830. Better performance for similar prices.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 03:03 PM

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Hmm still mad about the power consumption issue but I guess it's served it's purpose for the price bracket

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 03:20 PM

It plays at the right performance point.
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 06:56 PM

It plays at the right performance point.

Since it's already using more power than the 5850, I say they release versions with higher clockes near or at what you got it to.Then I'll like it more lol, it needs to kill the 275 all the time since it's in the same price bracket (and newer)

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:07 PM

You also have to remember that ATI does not have a reference board for this core and gave the board partners the ability to put together their own. My test system idles around 190 watts without any power saving features enabled and when overclocked under load I got 311 watts i believe! so that's actually right around the power consumption that the Toxic 5850 delivered. 309 watts if memory serves me right. So under load thats about 120 watts give or take a few! Power consumption is something to shake a stick at as a point of difference. In the grand scheme of things you would have to have your computer running full out on the GPU and cpu 24/7 to even see any even measurable difference in the KW used in your home.
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:15 PM

In the grand scheme of things you would have to have your computer running full out on the GPU and cpu 24/7 to even see any even measurable difference in the KW used in your home.

Exactly!

If someone's worried about power consumption, there's no point to even consider a high-ish end card

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:29 PM

I know but it still came as a shock, but either way. I guess I will shut mu trap for now (for release drivers maybe be all that's holding it back from better matching the 275)

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