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Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme & HD5850 Xtreme Review



Testing of the Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme and Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of equal and greater capabilities to show where they fall on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles to give you an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing other than applying the AA and AF settings manually in the control panel. I will test the cards at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see the effects of any increases in clock speed. The cards are placed in order from highest to lowest performing in the graphs to show where the cards fall by comparison. In addition to the stock testing, I will include performance testing in both Surround (NVIDIA) and Eyefinity (AMD) with the appropriate cards. For this review, a few new games have replaced some of the aging titles.



Comparison Video Cards:

  • Galaxy GTX 470 GC
  • XFX HD 5870
  • Sapphire HD 6870
  • XFX HD 6850
  • Sapphire HD 5850 Toxic
  • EVGA GTX 460 FTW
  • Sapphire HD6790
  • Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme
  • Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme



  • Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme - 964MHz / 1198MHz
  • Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme - 1000MHz / 1230MHz

Overclocking any graphics card that is installed in your system is pretty straight forward. Especially when you are locked out from being able to adjust any of the voltages that go to the card. The overclocking software that I used was the Sapphire TRIXX, which is a very simple overclocking utility that also gives you the ability to view simple data about your graphics card such as temperatures, driver version and clock speeds. The HD5830 Xtreme maxed out at 964MHz on the core, which is an increase of 21% while the memory was only able to go up to 1198MHz or about 20% over stock clock speeds. The Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme was able to make it all the way up to 1GHz on the core or 19% over stock and the memory was able to get all the way up to 1230MHz which is about 17% higher than the standard clock speeds.



Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consists of looping Crysis Warhead and Unigine 2.5 for 30 minutes each to see where the clock speeds will fail when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment fails, then the clock speeds and tests are rerun until they pass the full one hour of testing.



  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Aliens vs. Predator
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  5. Just Cause 2
  6. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
  7. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  9. 3DMark 11 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card (Sapphire HD5830)
  3. Closer Look: The Video Card (Sapphire HD5850)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  7. Testing: Metro 2033
  8. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  9. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  10. Testing: Just Cause 2
  11. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  12. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  13. Testing: 3DMark 11
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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