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XFX Radeon 5830 Review

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To look at a card is one thing, to see it’s software suite is another, but what it all boils down to is just straight performance numbers in an all out brawl between the XFX 5830 and the OCC benchmarking suite. I will push the 5830 to its absolute overclocking limit to see just how much can be gained performance wise and find out just where this card stands among its peers. One place where nVidia has the leg up on ATI immersion-wise is nVidia’s PhysX technology, to level the playing field, tests will be run with PhysX disabled, but keep that in mind as the carnage commences!


Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked settings:

  • XFX Radeon HD 5830 900/1200 MHz

After a little bit of research on similar chips, I got a feel of how far these little puppies can go. First off, whenever you are overclocking you want to set the fans to 100% to ensure you are getting the most stable environment possible. Heat is the enemy here, so anything you can do to get rid of it, the better! Now, getting to the software side of things is fairly easy. After opening up the CCC, all you have to do is navigate to the ATI Overdrive section. The software maxes out at 900MHz on the core and 1300 on the RAM, for our testing today, that should be plenty of playing space, should you want more however, there are other alternative utilities out there. Starting with 10Mhz increments, I slowly crept my way up to 900MHz testing each time using the integrated burn utility. Maxed out and stable on the core clock, I worked on the RAM. Again I slowly raised the speeds until I maxed out at 1200MHz. These overclocks are pretty huge improvements and should see some big gains in the benchmarks.


  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Darkest of Days
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Warhammer 40,000 DOW II
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. Resident Evil 5
  8. Left 4 Dead
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage

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