TechSpot: ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review

AMD has been busy putting out new graphics cards since launching the Radeon HD 5000 series five months ago. With today's release, that translates into almost two new graphics cards each month.

Looking at the budget and mid-range segments show that there is no more than $40 separating each card. So why the big gap between the Radeon HD 5770 and 5850? As it turns out AMD has been planning to plug this hole all along with yet another offering. The Radeon HD 5830 is expected to come in at somewhere around $250, ~15% cheaper than the 5850.

Appearance and form factors aside, what we are most excited about is having a new Radeon HD 5800 product at a more affordable price tag, that is, as long as AMD has kept the value proposition.

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I am a fan of Nvidia, but ATI has really been leaving them in the dust as of late. I still will not defect to ATI, but ATI really has been doing a great job with price and performance. Either way, a fan of Nvidia or ATI, competition is good for all of us.

grewnd33 said,
I am a fan of Nvidia, but ATI has really been leaving them in the dust as of late. I still will not defect to ATI, but ATI really has been doing a great job with price and performance. Either way, a fan of Nvidia or ATI, competition is good for all of us.

I don't understand why people stick with inferior brands instead of "defecting". Why would you stick to a brand name when another one offers something better?

Blasius said,

I don't understand why people stick with inferior brands instead of "defecting". Why would you stick to a brand name when another one offers something better?

I stick with Nvidia because I like Nvidia. The drivers they offer have good support and their cards are good cards. I could see if ATI was offering something that was amazingly different than Nvidia, but honestly, we are basically comparing apples and apples.

This looks like the card to nail the price performance/features for ATi until next generation or they do a price drop, definitely will look into this to replace my failing 3870. :)

+Richard Hammond, you never win with technology! When I bought my 4850, one week later the 4890 was released and the 4870 had a price cut :(.

Too much choice. Not enough money!
I would love an upgrade, but personally my X1800XT doesn't give me any hassle playing all the games that I want and like playing (CS:S, HL2DM, CoD4, MW2, FM2009/2010, Mirror's Edge).

Hmm, read the anandtech review and their results were the opposite regarding the 4890 and the 5830.. 4890 won pretty much every time, and its 50-70 dollars cheaper. Although I guess 4890's may be a bit harder to find. I'd advice people to wait until nVidia gets some competition going, these prices are a bit ridiculous.

WICKO said,
Hmm, read the anandtech review and their results were the opposite regarding the 4890 and the 5830.. 4890 won pretty much every time, and its 50-70 dollars cheaper. Although I guess 4890's may be a bit harder to find. I'd advice people to wait until nVidia gets some competition going, these prices are a bit ridiculous.

Agreed. I got 2 4770s in crossfire and can't justify spending $300 on a new card to match my current performance and basically just get a DX10.1 to DX11 upgrade. Even though I'm excited for these new cards I too can't justify the price quite yet. I need Nvidia to help me out here!

Edited by svnO.o, Feb 25 2010, 8:09am :

Se7enVII said,

Agreed. I got 2 4770s in crossfire and can't justify spending $300 on a new card to match my current performance and basically just get a DX10.1 to DX11 upgrade. Even though I'm excited for these new cards I too can't justify the price quite yet. I need Nvidia to help me out here!

Don't keep your hopes up nvidia aren't planning on entering mid or low end market with anything besides older rebranded cards.

WICKO said,
Hmm, read the anandtech review and their results were the opposite regarding the 4890 and the 5830.. 4890 won pretty much every time, and its 50-70 dollars cheaper. Although I guess 4890's may be a bit harder to find. I'd advice people to wait until nVidia gets some competition going, these prices are a bit ridiculous.

I'd also advise people to not spell advise with a c, guess I was pretty tired haha.

WICKO said,
Hmm, read the anandtech review and their results were the opposite regarding the 4890 and the 5830.. 4890 won pretty much every time, and its 50-70 dollars cheaper. Although I guess 4890's may be a bit harder to find. I'd advice people to wait until nVidia gets some competition going, these prices are a bit ridiculous.

I think (one of) the major difference between this review and that review is that Anandtech was more willing to turn AA on. Apparently this card doesnt like having to do that.

Wow, its slightly faster than my 4890, but is more expensive i suppose. Pretty sweet budget card though considering what it offers.

vice le von said,
The 5850 is damn hard to find these days. So I might just wait for a smaller footprint version of this 5830 and buy it.

I was going to go with a 5770 because I don't have that big of a PSU (550w) to go with the higher end cards, but if the 5830 uses around the same amount I might just go with this.