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ATI Radeon HD 5830 Fills Price/Performance Gap

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The new DirectX 11 GPU for you if you've only got a $250 budget.

AMD keeps on rolling out with the DirectX 11 GPUs from ATI. The company today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 5830 graphics card, which at $239 USD, fills the gap between the 5770 and 5850.

"The ATI Radeon HD 5830 graphics card makes enthusiast-level performance even more accessible to gamers, adding another compelling choice to the award-winning ATI Radeon HD 5800 series," said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Division. "Cutting-edge features such as full DirectX 11 support, ATI Eyefinity multi-display capabilities and ATI Stream technology position the ATI Radeon HD 5830 graphics card to become a favorite with the gaming community."

We've put the Radeon HD 5830 through our own range of tests and found it to be a worthy offering, especially for those who were unable to find a Radeon HD 4890.

Incredibly similar gaming performance makes comparisons between the Radeon HD 5830 and Radeon HD 4890 easy. The similarities don't end there, as both cards were launched at similar price points. Almost certainly, given enough time and (hopefully) some competition, the Radeon HD 5830 will drop in price and deliver the same price/performance ratio that the Radeon HD 4890 has spoiled us with. And let us not forget that the 5830 delivers more than game performance alone. It uses half the idle power of the Radeon HD 4890, notably less power under load, and supplies us with all of the Radeon HD 5000-series goodies that make these new cards such an attractive prospect. Of course we're talking about Eyefinity triple-monitor gaming, bitstreaming high-def Blu-ray audio over HDMI, and DirectX 11 compatibility. On top of that the reference card is notably quieter than the 4890, although there is a compromise that has been made in the large size of the card.

Check out our full review here.

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    Judguh , February 25, 2010 4:51 PM
    I just have one question for the Tom's Hardware editors. Why write up this news article when its clear that you guys have a new feature article on the left of your homepage which tells us everything about the 5830? (that article, by the way, was a very awesome, informed article) :D 

    On another note - I'll probably stay away from the 5830 til it comes down to the $199 - $209 price point. It would just seem wise to me...
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    Bluescreendeath , February 25, 2010 4:50 PM
    The price of the 5830 at $240 is a bit too high...I'd rather either get a $200 ATI 4890 (still pretty common) or spend an extra $50 to get a much better ATI 5850.
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    Judguh , February 25, 2010 4:51 PM
    I just have one question for the Tom's Hardware editors. Why write up this news article when its clear that you guys have a new feature article on the left of your homepage which tells us everything about the 5830? (that article, by the way, was a very awesome, informed article) :D 

    On another note - I'll probably stay away from the 5830 til it comes down to the $199 - $209 price point. It would just seem wise to me...
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    redplanet_returns , February 25, 2010 4:51 PM
    5870 size...but 5770+ performance...

    i'll wait for the 5870 price drop...
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    FlorinR , February 25, 2010 5:02 PM
    it looks like that new gen of cards is just a low power+Eyefinity+die shrink of the HD4xxx series
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    carlhenry , February 25, 2010 5:20 PM
    Quote:
    it looks like that new gen of cards is just a low power+Eyefinity+die shrink of the HD4xxx series


    at least there is progress. imagine this cards will be the igp's of the future. low low power, eyefinity and dx20.1

    now, if fermi can raise the bar feature-wise... we'll see
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    towely , February 25, 2010 5:36 PM
    this card seems very overpriced. $250 for comparable performance to a 1+ year old card? No, thanks.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 25, 2010 5:39 PM
    I'd really like to see an extraordinary video card of exceptional value introduced for $99.99. It doesn't look like it's going to happen.
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    BobDotBarker , February 25, 2010 5:51 PM
    I see 3 on Newegg when I just checked. Doesn't show up in the left column filter list but you can search for 5830.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=5830&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=PRICE
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    cknobman , February 25, 2010 5:54 PM
    No matter how you slice it most of the 5xxx series below the 5850 are disappointments.

    Customers expect more performance from a new gen and this is not what we are getting. Even though the core is clearly capable of much more AMD is crippling them and telling us we should ignore performance and be happy with extra features and then to put icing on the cake all the 5xxx cost more than their 4xxx counterparts!!!

    Less performance for more money???? New features that in large part cant be useful enough because the card is to crippled to REALLY take advantage of those features???

    Shame on you AMD your getting greedy. I hate Nvidia and own your stock but your doing nothing for me now. I have to hope fermi gets here soon and does a half assed job so there will be some kind of competitiveness in the market.
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    BobDotBarker , February 25, 2010 5:55 PM
    It looks like Newegg has 3 available.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=5830&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=PRICE
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    rhino13 , February 25, 2010 5:56 PM
    I guess you need a lot of cards to go arround when your only competitor does nothing but anounce product dellays.

    [Insert clever comparison between Duke Nukem Forever and Fermi here.]

    If Fermi does in fact ever make it to market I'm sure we'd see price drops across the board on the 5xxxs, even if Fermi isn't as good.
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    agnickolov , February 25, 2010 6:24 PM
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    ATI Radeon HD 5830 Fills Price/Performance Gap


    It does fill a price gap, not so sure about the performance gap, however...
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    TheDuke , February 25, 2010 6:44 PM
    too expensive to be considered over a 5850 or 5770 and two, how did it end up so much of a power hog and how did it come out larger than the 5850
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    Mousemonkey , February 25, 2010 6:49 PM
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    it looks like that new gen of cards is just a low power+Eyefinity+die shrink of the HD4xxx series


    A die shrink and a bit of a hardware tweak then give a new name and sell it as a new card, a bit like what Nvidia is being berated for with the G300 series except when ATi do it it's fantastic and Nvidia are evil. Nice double standards don't you think?
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    sliem , February 25, 2010 7:23 PM
    I'd stick with 9800 or 8800 512 for $100. More bang for the buck, imo.
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    micky_lund , February 25, 2010 7:50 PM
    hmmm...price/preformance, this needs to go down another $30, to just above the 4890s current price
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    idisarmu , February 25, 2010 8:40 PM
    cknobmanNo matter how you slice it most of the 5xxx series below the 5850 are disappointments. Customers expect more performance from a new gen and this is not what we are getting. Even though the core is clearly capable of much more AMD is crippling them and telling us we should ignore performance and be happy with extra features and then to put icing on the cake all the 5xxx cost more than their 4xxx counterparts!!! Less performance for more money???? New features that in large part cant be useful enough because the card is to crippled to REALLY take advantage of those features???Shame on you AMD your getting greedy. I hate Nvidia and own your stock but your doing nothing for me now. I have to hope fermi gets here soon and does a half assed job so there will be some kind of competitiveness in the market.


    I take it you were in Cryo back in 2007... did you see what Nvidia did back then? 8800GTS 320mb for $400? ...and then there was the 8600GTS following it with nothing in between it, performance-wise.
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    Marcus Yam , February 26, 2010 12:01 AM
    JudguhI just have one question for the Tom's Hardware editors. Why write up this news article when its clear that you guys have a new feature article on the left of your homepage which tells us everything about the 5830? (that article, by the way, was a very awesome, informed article)

    While you may read Tom's Hardware through a web browser pointed directly to the front page, there are still a group who only subscribe to our News RSS feed (http://feeds.pheedo.com/toms_hardware_headlines). For those people, having a news article alerting them to the review might be helpful.
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    dark_lord69 , February 26, 2010 2:36 AM
    "If you've only got a $250 budget"
    What planet do you live on that makes you think that is not a lot of money for a video card? I think it's a mistake to spend anymore than that.

    Too often websites like this boast about new features and show enthusism for video cards that cost waay more than they should. Based on the benchmarks I've seen I wouldn't pay more than $180 for this card. It is NOT better than the 4890.

    Sure it has eyefinity which is great if you are rich enough to afford 3 monitors and if you got that kind of money to blow then you should be buying a top of the line card anyways.

    Also, I know it supports Direct X 11 but I have seen the screen shots and can't even tell the difference not to mention the frame rate takes a HUGE hit when running a game in DX11 mode.

    Here is some advice for those who don't have the experience of building computers since the Pentium II was popular.

    1st..Try to keep it under $200.
    Reason: The value of high end video cards drops increadibly fast if you buy a video card $600 there is a good chance that it won't be worth half that amount in a year.

    2nd..Ignore the hype
    Reason: Video card makers always want you to buy new video cards because that keeps the company profitable and keeps thier shareholders happy.

    3rd..Pay attention to benchmarks
    Reason: Just because it's of a newer generation doesn't mean it will nessarily give you better performance.

    Rather than buying this card at $250 I suggest buying a 4890 NEW on ebay for $190 OR if you don't mind a used one you can get it for $175. If you hate ebay and will only buy retail then there is always the 4850 for only $100.
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    OvrClkr , February 26, 2010 2:39 AM
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    The price of the 5830 at $240 is a bit too high...I'd rather either get a $200 ATI 4890 (still pretty common) or spend an extra $50 to get a much better ATI 5850.


    Or better yet a 169.99$ XFX 4890 (free shipping) :

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5279719&CatId=3669

    The 5830 would have been great if priced at 220.00$ like others have said here, half the ROP's of a 5850 is not worth 250.00$ IMO..

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