Sapphire HD4830 512MB Reviewajmatson - December 2, 2008
Category: Video Cards
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With the flux of video cards hitting the market this year how do you choose what is the best for you? In these hard economic times companies are realizing that there is a large market for mainstream cards with the best bang for the buck. Sure there are blazing fast cards but for the price are they really justifiable? ATI has recently released the HD 4830 GPU targeted at the budget conscious user that wants the power to run today's games with no problems. Based off of the much respected HD 4800 series RV770 GPU the HD 4830 does not take its job lightly. Sapphire has taken their proven products and made an HD 4830 card ready to take on any opponent you encounter on the battlefield.
The Sapphire HD 4830 has the same memory type and bus as the HD 4850 with a reduced number of shaders and a slower core clock. Will this make a huge difference in the performance compared to its bigger brother or will the performance be close enough to justify a slower card? Also will the performance be enough to steal the mainstream market especially with a very catchy price point? To find out let's take a good look at the Sapphire HD 4830 and benchmark the card to see where it stands.
The Sapphire HD 4830 comes packaged in a nice looking blue and black schemed box with a Sapphire mascot next to the company and product logos. On the top of the box is Sapphire's gaming slogan "Prepare to Dominate". On the back of the packaging Sapphire points out highlights of the HD 4830 video card as well as what is in the box. Sapphire also places the system requirements on the left spine of the box.
Opening the box reveals a glimpse of the card in protective plastic. Underneath the video card are the accessories that Sapphire has bundled with it. Included with the HD 4830 is a driver CD, a manual, a 4-pin to PCI Express 6-pin power adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, a DVI to HDMI adapter, a S-Video adapter, and a component video dongle.
Now that everything is unpacked let's take a better look at the card.