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Test Setup And Benchmarks

ATI Radeon HD 5830: Bridging The 5700- And 5800- Price Gap

When choosing cards to test against the new Radeon HD 5830, we looked to options in the same price league. The closest cards would be the Radeon HD 4890 and GeForce GTX 275, and both of these are just ridiculously unavailable right now. We had a Radeon HD 4890 sample on-hand, but were unable to find a GeForce GTX 275 at retail around our Canadian lab, underscoring the scarcity of these boards. We did manage to include a GeForce GTX 260, which might even prove a more relevant comparison, since this card can still be found from $200 to $220 online.

In this case, none of our test units are factory overclocked models. We left the cards clocked at their reference clock rates.

Graphic Test System

Intel Core i7-920 (Nehalem), 2.67 GHz, QPI-4200, 8MB Shared L3 Cache
Overclocked to 3.06 GHz @ 153 MHz BCLK


ASRock X58 SuperComputer
Intel X58, BIOS P1.90

Onboard Realtek Gigabit LAN controller

Kingston PC3-10700
3 x 1,024MB, DDR3-1225, CL 9-9-9-22-1T


Radeon HD 5830 Reference
800 MHz Core, 1,000 MHz Memory, 1GB GDDR5

PowerColor Radeon HD 5850
725 MHz Core, 1,000 MHz Memory, 1GB GDDR5

HIS Radeon HD 4890
850 MHz Core, 975 MHz Memory, 1GB GDDR5

Asus ENGTX 260 MATRIX (Core 216)
576 MHz Core, 1,242 MHz Shaders, 999 MHz Memory, 896MB GDDR3

XFX Radeon HD 5770
850 MHz Core, 1,200 MHz Memory, 1GB GDDR5

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD5000AAJS-00YFA
500GB, 7200 RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s


Thermaltake Toughpower 1,200W
1,200 W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit 6.0.6001, SP1
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics Drivers

AMD Catalyst 10.2, Nvidia GeForce 196.21

Benchmark Configuration

3D Games


Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
High Quality Setting, No AA

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Version 1.0.0, Custom THG Benchmark
Highest Settings, 4x AA
DiRT 2
Version 1.0.0, Custom THG Benchmark
Run 1: Ultra High Settings, No AA, DirectX 9
Run 2: Ultra High Settings, No AA, DirectX 11
World In Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 9, timedemo
Very High Details, 4x AA/4x AF

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Patch 1.02, DirectX 10 in-game benchmark
Maximum Settings, 8x AA

Left 4 Dead

Version, Custom THG Benchmark
Highest Settings

Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5 Benchmark Version
Maximum Detail Settings, 8x AA, DirectX 9

Fallout 3

Patch, Custom THG Benchmark
Ultra Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, PhysX Off, 3DMark scores

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