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

Test Setup And Benchmarks

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
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (Nehalem), 2.67 GHz, QPI-4200, 8MB Shared L3 CacheOverclocked to 3.06 GHz @ 153 MHz BCLK
MotherboardASRock X58 SuperComputer Intel X58, BIOS P1.90
NetworkingOnboard Realtek Gigabit LAN controller
MemoryKingston PC3-10700 3 x 1,024MB, DDR3-1225, CL 9-9-9-22-1T
GraphicsRadeon HD 5830 Reference800 MHz Core, 1,000 MHz Memory, 1GB GDDR5PowerColor Radeon HD 5850725 MHz Core, 1,000 MHz Memory, 1GB GDDR5HIS Radeon HD 4890850 MHz Core, 975 MHz Memory, 1GB GDDR5Asus ENGTX 260 MATRIX (Core 216)576 MHz Core, 1,242 MHz Shaders, 999 MHz Memory, 896MB GDDR3XFX Radeon HD 5770850 MHz Core, 1,200 MHz Memory, 1GB GDDR5
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar WD5000AAJS-00YFA500GB, 7200 RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s
PowerThermaltake Toughpower 1,200W1,200 W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91
Software and Drivers
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit 6.0.6001, SP1
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics DriversAMD Catalyst 10.2, Nvidia GeForce 196.21
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool High Quality Setting, No AA
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Version 1.0.0, Custom THG Benchmark Highest Settings, 4x AA
DiRT 2Version 1.0.0, Custom THG Benchmark Run 1: Ultra High Settings, No AA, DirectX 9Run 2: Ultra High Settings, No AA, DirectX 11
World In ConflictPatch 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 DeadVersion, Custom THG Benchmark Highest Settings
Resident Evil 5Resident Evil 5 Benchmark VersionMaximum Detail Settings, 8x AA, DirectX 9
Fallout 3Patch, Custom THG Benchmark Ultra Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02, PhysX Off, 3DMark scores