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Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme & HD5850 Xtreme Review

gotdamojo06    -   April 11, 2011
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There is quite a bit to say about the two new Sapphire cards coming out, the Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme and the Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme. The first aspect of the HD5800 Xtreme series that I wanted to point out is the fact that at the stock speeds, the temperatures that the cards were able to get were the lowest when compared to all of the other graphics cards that they were compared to. This does give you a great starting point for your next system build if you are trying to keep your system as cool as possible. However, the cooling solution that Sapphire put on the card was not able to keep these temperatures at that point once I began overclocking. While the coolers were able to keep the temperatures in a safe region during the overclocking, they were a bit higher than I was expecting to see with the stock temperature results that I saw. The power consumption that both of the graphics cards were able to get were one of the lowest three cards tested, which is always something nice to see when you are getting ready to plan your next build, and keeping in mind that the less power you pull from the wall, the lower your power bills should be.

Sapphire did get a wide variety of different display adapters installed on either card. You have DVI, HDMI, as well as DisplayPort, which is going to allow you to install just about any monitor that you may have laying around. Even an older analog display using the included dongle to convert from a digital to analog signal. This brings up my next point. With all of these different display adapters available, you are able to get an easy way into an Eyefinity setup. Which, with the way gaming is going now-a-days, some sort of multi-display setup may just be the next best thing to have. Overclocking of the cards was pretty decent. Both of the cards were able to increase both the GPU Core and Memory clocks by about 20% over the stock speeds, which is no small feat. The pricing on both of the cards is quite competitive. However, with the price only being $20 apart from each other, I would suggest the Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme over the Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme. You are going to see better results. About a 20% higher score in 3DMark 11 at the 2560 x 1600 resolution at stock speeds.

Going back to the first question that I asked at the beginning of the review. Are you looking for a new graphics card for your system? If the answer to this question is yes, and if you are looking to keep within a certain budget, lets say under $150. Then for the price/performance ratio that I was able to see with the Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme, I would suggest you take a closer look at this card and it may just become a reasonable candidate for your next system build.

 

 

Pros:

  • Stock Temperatures
  • Power Consumption
  • Connectivity
  • Price
  • Performance (HD5850 Xtreme)
  • Price/Performance (HD5850 Xtreme)
  • AMD Eyefinity

 

Cons:

  • Price/Performance (HD5830 Xtreme)
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