Sapphire HD 5830 Modern Warfare 2 Edition Reviewccokeman - February 24, 2010
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The Sapphire HD 5830 is a card that fills a strategic point in the product line for ATI. The list of DirectX 11 cards delivered by ATI is pretty steep with 11 cards put out to market in few months. The 5830 is built on TSMC's 40nm process and comes equipped with the same 2.15 billion transistors as the HD 5850 and HD 5870 Cypress core GPU's. Where it falls short of the rest of the 5800 series, is in the amount of shader cores at 1120, texture units down to 56 with the same ROP count as the HD 5770 at 16. The power consumption is listed at 175 watts under load which is 24 watts higher than the HD 5850 is rated! The core clock speeds on this card are 800Mhz on the core and 1000Mhz on the 1GB of GDDR5 memory. The front of the Sapphire HD 5830 looks much like a Vapor-X model with the large center fan. The back shows the Sapphire built PCB. Each manufacturer is designing their own PCB for this series it looks like. The side view of the top of the card gives you a glimpse at the cooling solution used under the cover. When you tilt the card over you get a look at the five, yes five heatpipes used to pull the thermal load from the GPU core.
The connectivity options are standard for the HD 58XX series of cards with two Dual Link DVI ports, a single DisplayPort connection and Native HDMI that supports HDMI 1.3 and 7.1 HD sound. The rear of the card has two PCIe 6 pin power connections and the fan header for the onboard cooling fan. With the display connectivity you can use ATI's Eyefinity technology with a series of three similar monitors to give you a max resolution of 7680x1600. Adding one or more HD 5830 cards together in a CrossfireX setup is a breeze. There are two bridge connection points on this card to provide up to a total of four cards for a nice boost in performance. You do however need a board that supports more than two cards if you want to take advantage of a three or four card CrossfireX graphics solution.
Lets get this thing installed and see if it can hold its own against the boys in green.