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REVIEW / AMD Radeon HD 5830 1 GB

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Régis Jehl Published on August 25, 2010
Translated by Jack Sims


  • Chip Cypress
  • GPU frequency 800 MHz
  • Memory quantity 1 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory frequency 1000 MHz
  • Cooler double decker
Released in February 2010, the Radeon HD 5830 is another card in the Radeon 5000 range. While it does obviously have DirectX 11 compatibility, what about energy consumption and gaming performance? Does it stand up to the competition or should it be avoided?

Size, noise and heat

The size of the card varies a great deal from one manufacturer to another. It is sometimes the same length as the very large Radeon HD 5870, sometimes shorter. Get out your ruler and check if it'll fit into your casing.

In terms of noise and heat, we can't say as we didn't receive the stock model (see inset). Moreover, each manufacturer offers their own solution.

Energy consumption

Overall, it does pretty well though this model does consume slightly more than the Radeon HD 5850. We scored it at 90 W at idle (office docs, internet) and 272 W in 3D load (values for whole configuration), while the HD 5850 draws 84 W in idle and 266 W in 3D load.

Gaming performance

Without being bad, gaming performance is quite disappointing. The Radeon HD 5830 is thus closer to the HD 5770 than the HD 5850. In comparison to the NVIDIA offer, it's a long way behind the GeForce GTX 465 / 460 and on an equal footing with the GTX 275.

This card is therefore to be recommended for those who own mid-resolution screens (1680 x 1050) or those who are happy to deactivate certain graphics effects in the most demanding games.

General performance average
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and compare this model with other cards

Lets give you some numbers. In Fallout 3, at 1680 x 1050 with all filters activated, the HD 5830 gives an average of 63 fps. The Radeon HD 5770 is at 58 fps on average. In Race Driver GRID, the order is reversed with, in the same conditions, an average of 90 fps on the 5830 and 104 fps on the 5770. Lastly, in BattleForge (DX11), the advantage is clearly in favour of the 5830 with 31 fps on average against 23 fps for the 5770.

In the end, the Radeon HD 5830 doesn't seem the great deal we were hoping for. Too close to the Radeon HD 5770 in terms of performance, it is too closely priced to the Radeon HD 5850. Something wrong here! Be careful then, if you're looking at buying this model, and make sure you check out the pricing of the 5770 (down the range) and 5850 (up the range) first. On the NVIDIA side, the two GeForce GTX 460s have the advantage over the 5830, whether in terms of performance or pricing.
The card at a glance
For our tests we used the ASUS EAH5830 DirectCU. Its fan gives wildly varying performance. At idle, it's particularly quiet (40.7 dB(A)). Unfortunately in 3D, it's the opposite at a particularly noisy 54.8 dB(A).

The connectivity of the card is in step with current trends: DVI, HDMI and Display-port sockets are all included. It is perhaps a shame that there's just a single DVI port. The contents of the box are rather spare: one CD of pilots, guides and various video and electric adaptors.

We do however like the fact that you can get DTS HD MA and Dolby Digital Rue HD in bitstream through the HDMI out. Also note that it's possible to extend the display onto two, three, or four monitors and extend the overall resolution (the Eyefinity function).

This allows you to do your gaming on multiple monitors. In a race game, with three screens, you have the windshield view on the center screen and the driver's and passenger's windows on the other two displays. In a shooter game, you get really wide viewing angles - you can truly see what's happening on the sides. Note that to use Eyefinity, at least one of your monitors needs to have a DisplayPort connector. On this model however, performance levels are pretty poor and you have to reduce graphics options drastically to retain a semblance of fluidity.


  • Good 3D performance for mid-definition screens
  • Low energy consumption
  • Low heat levels
  • DirectX 11 compatibility


  • Bulky
  • No stereoscopic 3D
  • Pricey


The name of this card is misleading. It's in fact closer to the mid than high-end. Nevertheless though its performance levels mean it is best reserved for mid-resolution screens, it does retain certain advantages: DX11 compatibility and reduced heat and energy consumption. Make sure you check out pricing before you buy - this card is not always advantageously priced.
4 AMD Radeon HD 5830 1 GB DigitalVersus 2010-08-25 00:00:00
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