Asus EAH 4830 ReviewDesja - December 21, 2008
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The Asus EAH 4830 uses the same RV770 GPU core found in higher end 4850 and 4870 video cards. The factory core clock is set at 575MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at 1004MHz through a 256-bit interface. The design of the card looks impressive for a lower end version of it's senior sister cards. This fan is much larger than the EAH 4850. The board design is also very well laid out which I like to see in comparison to some of the older graphics card in the past. This of course is not just for aesthetics but also for even heat distribution.
The video output of the Asus EAH 4830 has two DVI ports and a TV-out port. Of course as is with most of the mid range cards there is a 6 port power plug at the back end of the card.
The Asus EAH 4830 has two Crossfire bridge connections. This feature allows 3 ATI cards to be used in a CrossfireX configuration to increase the graphics horsepower in your system.
The design of the heat sink is quite substantial but is not a full coverage design like the reference cooler on the HD4850. Using a combination of a large fan and an aluminum heat sink; the potential for cooling properties is higher in my opinion than larger heat sinks with thinner fans like the reference HD4850 cooler.
Four screws on the back of the PCB are removed to get access to the GPU core. A large amount of thermal paste is factory applied to the GPU. The heart of the 4800 series and of course this card is no exception to the RV770 core.
Let's see what kind of goodies Asus has in store for us in its software package.