Review: ATI Radeon HD 5830 graphics AIB

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 2nd 2010 | Discuss
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: amd gpu graphics ati gaming radeon gpgpu pmark

ATI-AMD continued to roll out products in its Evergreen line this week, adding to the Enthusiast segment with the HD 5830. The HD 5830 fits in the lower end of the Enthusiast segment in between the HD 5850 and the HD 5770 with a $240 price point.

The following chart puts the new board in perspective with its peers from AMD.

HD 5770 HD 5830 HD 5850 GTX 260 Core 216
1.36 TFLOPS 1.79 TFLOPS 2.09 TFLOPS  
850 MHz 800 MHz Core Clock 725 MHz 1.2 GHz Core Clock
800 Stream Processors 1120 Stream Processors 1440 Steam Processors 240 Processor Cores
108W 175W Max Power 151W Max Power 182W Max Power
40 NM 40 NM 40NM 55 NM
1.04 Billion Transistors 2.15 Billion Transistors 2.15 Billion 1.4 Billion Transistors
13.6 GPixel Fill Rate 12.8 GPixel Fill Rate 23.2 GPixel Fill Rate 16,128 MPixels
GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 DDR3
1.2GHZ Memory Clock 1GHZ Memory Clock 1GHZ Memory Clock 1GHz Memory Clock
$170 $240 $300 $230

Comparison of ATI Radeon 5830, 5850, and Nvidia GTX260 AIB’s specifications

As with all Evergreen GPU’s the HD 5830 is equipped with ATI’s Eyefinity Technology. In the case of the Evergreen line, that means the board can power  three monitors at resolutions up to 1920x1080. And the entire Evergreen line provides full Direct X 11 support. The Maximum Board Power for the  HD 5830 is about 25 W higher than the HD 5850, this could be attributed to the Core clock speed which is 75 MHz higher than its big brother. This disparity difference definitely influenced the PMark score of the HD 5830.

We tested the HD 5830 on an Intel i7 based machine running at 2.93 GHz, with 32-bit Windows 7. We matched up the HD 5830 against the Nvidia GTX 260 Core 216. Even though the GTX 260 is an older board it is comparable in segment placement and price. W with the GTX 260 Core 216 available for $230.

As we have seen in previous rounds of benchmarks Nvidia’s counterpart to the HD 5830 performs admirably side-by-side by side until we really start to tax the boards. As you can see in the Unigine Tropics testing once we turn up resolution the AA to 8X and turn on the Ambient Occlusion the quality of the ATI architecture really starts to come through.

The HD 5830 will no doubt come in a variety of different looks and clock speeds, many of which are already hitting the market. Our board was the standard elegant ATI design with 2 DVI ports, and HDMI and display port out.

ATI was looking to fill the gap between the HD 5570 and 5850 and that is exactly what they did in terms of performance and price. The HD 5830 is a quality product at the lower end of the Enthusiast segment.

The HD 5830 rounds out the Evergreen Enthusiast Segment, which includes the dual GPU HD 5970 ($750), The HD 5870 ($400) and the HD 5850 ($300).

Pmark for Radeon HD 5830. HD 5850, and Nvidia GTX 260

Vantage benchmarks

Unigine Tropics benchmark

Resident Evil benchmarks

What do we think?

The ATI Radeon HD 5830 AIB is a lot of graphics board for not too much money. However, in terms of the Pmark the HD 5850 is a better choice. The 5850 uses less power, gets better benchmark scores, and doesn’t cost that much more.

Once again, although the Pmark shows the best case condition, if a buyer is only using one parameter in his or her shopping decision, then the 5830 wins on price.

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