Date: August 23rd, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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ASUS EAH5830 HD 5830 DIRECTCU VIDEOCARD INTRODUCTION
It was only a few short years ago that the black art of overclocking and tweaking your videocard to perform above spec was frowned upon by most hardware manufacturers. But in today's market, adding in overclocking functionality is now a key marketing term to draw in new enthusiasts and gamers looking to get a little more bang for their hard-earned dollar.
What was once something that would void your warranty and have a RMA department turn their back on you is now popular past time in the hardware community for over 10 years is finally accepted. It's not so much that they allow it, but they push you to do it and and do everything short of opening and holding the door open for you while still allowing you to keep your full warranty. As I have said before, competition is a great thing and the industry has finally seeing that if you can't beat them, join them.
Today on the review block is a prime example of the point I am getting across. The Asus EAH5830 DirectCU edition is not your everyday overclocked videocard. Sure some other manufacturers allow you to overclock and that is perfectly normal today. But Asus is pushing the envelope a little further by not only allowing you to ramp up your clock rates, but also push them farther by unlocking the GPU core voltage control. Through their included SmartDoctor software, you are now allowed to push voltage rates past the stock voltage levels and push you core to the absolute maximum while supplying the extra voltage needed to keep things stable. Sure with the added voltage their will be additional heat output but they also try and have you covered by strapping on a rather robust heatpipe cooling solution.
But will this card perform better when voltage tweaked and overclocked to its limit or will it fall flat on its face and be summed up as a marketing ploy? Read on to find out..
ASUS CORPORATE PROFILE (From Asus)
ASUS, a technology-oriented company with a global staff of more than ten thousand and blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is renowned for high-quality products and cutting-edge innovation. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.
ASUS has an unyielding commitment to innovation and quality, a fact borne out by its corporate slogan—"Inspiring Innovation • Persistent Perfection"—and the numerous media, industry and governmental accolades it receives every year. In 2008, ASUS won 3,056 awards—receiving over 8 awards on average every day. The company's revenue for the same year was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars, and it topped the IT Hardware Category of the annual league table of Taiwan 's Top 10 Global Brands with a brand value of 1.324 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS also ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek's “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years.
Inspired by the diverse needs of consumers in all areas and phases of life, ASUS' foremost mission is to deliver truly innovative solutions that in turn inspire consumers to reach for greater heights of productivity and fun. By leveraging its intimate understanding of the requirements of today's digital home, digital office and digital person, ASUS has the honor of claiming many world's firsts—such as the introduction of the groundbreaking Eee PC™, the ingenious use of renewable materials like leather and bamboo in notebooks and the incorporation of its proprietary power-saving Super Hybrid Engine technology into its notebooks and motherboards. By pioneering many new innovations, trends and technologies that have had a genuine impact on its customers' lives and the Earth at large, ASUS hopes to garner mindshare as well as market share.
To succeed in the ultra-competitive IT industry, ASUS focuses on speed-to-market, cost and service. That is why every ASUS employee strives to master the " ASUS Way of Total Quality Management" in order to fulfill the ”Persistent Perfection” promise of the brand. Guided by these precepts, ASUS has developed a strong advantage in product design, technology, quality and value/cost. These advantages in turn constitute ASUS' formula for success—allowing marketing to communicate these strengths to win our consumers' hearts.