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Sapphire HD 5830 Modern Warfare 2 Edition Review



The Sapphire HD 5830 does an admirable job in competing at the ~$200 price point. Throughout the benchmarks the HD 5830 usually fell in between the performance of the GTX 275 and GTX 260. The HD 4890 on the other hand, had comparable performance throughout the benchmark suite. When pitted head to head with the GTX 275, the results fell right about at a 50/50 split. With that being said, the HD 5830 fills the void for ATI at the ~$200 dollar point. One thing this card does and does well is overclock. I was able to get this card to an easy 1010Mhz on the Cypress core and 1270Mhz on the 1GB of GDDR5 memory. That amounts to a 20% increase in GPU clock speed and a 27% increase in the memory clock speed, all for the cost of a few minutes of my time. Now if you play the benchmarking game you most likely can go a bit further with this HD 5830 since the benchmarks are run at lower resolutions that are less strenuous. I was able to pass 3DMark06 running at 1280x1024 with a GPU core clock of 1030 Mhz, but really if it cant pass the whole session its not good enough to publish.

When it comes to cooling, Sapphire went all out as usual and equipped this card with a five heatpipe solution that kept the load temperatures in the mid 40's °C at stock frequencies and with the drivers controlling the fan speeds. Consequently with the fan speeds at 100% when running the HD 5830 overclocked I received similar results, with temperatures in the 48/49°C range. One thing that you notice when looking at the specifications is that the HD 5830 has a maximum board power rating of 175 watts versus the 151 watts on the HD 5850 and 188 watts on the HD 5870. Under load when overclocked, the system pulled 311 watts from the wall, roughly what the HD 5850 Toxic pulled when overclocked. If the performance of this card is not quite enough you can always run up to four cards in a CrossfireX setup with a motherboard that supports up to four 4 cards for a solid performance boost. ATI has been working on their Crossfire profiles so you should see better results in more games as this process goes forward. Sapphire's bundle of accessories is usually second to none and this does not disappoint with the inclusion of Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This game has become the best selling FPS ever, so it's a solid addition to the bundle and a refreshing change from Dirt 2! With the HD 5830 you get all of the features of the HD 5800 series just at a lower performance level. You have Eyefinity support, HDMI 1.3 support with 7.1 HD sound,Direct X 11 support, PowerPlay technology to reduce power consumption by lowering the clock speeds at idle and during 2D usage, Avivo video converter and Stream technology. You get all the features of the big dogs without the added cost. The Sapphire HD 5830 Modern Warfare 2 Special Edition delivers performance fitting its price point with the added bonus of some superior overclocking potential to give you that extra bit of performance when needed.



  • Overclocking
  • Cooling Performance
  • Bundle
  • EyeFinity Support
  • Native HDMI with HD sound
  • Crossfire X



  • Power Consumption


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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Far Cry 2
  8. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  11. Testing: WarHammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  12. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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