XFX Radeon 5830 ReviewGeekspeak411 -
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The XFX 5830 itself takes a huge step away from the standard 5000 series heatsink model. Sporting a circular heatsink with two HUGE heatpipes, the 5830’s cooler definitely doesn’t look as imposing as the standard solution, but I would venture to say it cools better. Other than the voltage regulators, the rest of the card remains uncovered allowing you to see the full extent of the engineering that went into this card. For the price, you get an 800MHz base clock and 1120 stream processors, linked into a 256bit memory bus. Link that with a full gig of GDDR5 RAM and you’ve got one heck of a mid-range performer!
Like I said before, the card has all of the connection ports you need. With two DVI ports, an HDMI 1.3 port supporting audio transmission and the other standard goodies, and a DisplayPort, you will be able to connect and combination of screens to your rig. With Eyefinity possibilities, this versatility is definitely appreciated considering three monitors with resolutions up to 2560x1600 would be awesome on a single card. The rear end of the card has the two 6-pin PCI-E connectors required to provide enough juice to keep this card happy and they are surrounded by the additional circuitry required to deliver results. Being a shorter card than the top of the line items right now, this card should have no issues fitting in your tower.
Of course, what would any ATI enthusiast’s card be without the CrossFireX ability? This card connects just like all the other cards and is able to scale with pretty much any of the ATI CrossFireX capable cards out there with some pretty awesome results! The beauty of crossfire as opposed to nVidia’s SLI is that it scales across editions. You can make countless combinations of cards such as connecting a 5970 to a 5870 for some triple GPU action!
Now with the card hooked into the test bed, let’s install the drivers.