Date: August 23rd, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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So what do you exactly get for ~US$215 when you purchase Asus' EAH5830 performance targeted videocard.
Asus supplied the usual driver and manual CD and a quick setup guide.
No game was included with this card.
The complete hardware kit covered all the bases with a VGA to DVI and a DVI to HDMI adapter, a six pin power cable along with a crossfire bridge. One thing missing was a 8 pin power adapter if your power supply doesn't have that connection. If you power supply is recent, it should have it.
And at last you have Asus' DirectCU version of the Radeon HD 5830. The first thing I had to note is that this videocard means business aesthetics wise. With an all black color scheme and a large GPU cooler, this videocard is a serious piece of hardware.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around Asus' DirectCU version of the ATI Radeon HD 5830.
First off we start at this videocard's VPU. Asus' use of the 40nm manufactured Cypress core is stock clocked at 800Mhz core, 1000Mhz 256bit DDR5 memory which is bandwidth capable of 128.0Gb/sec memory transfer which is pretty standard for mainstream 256bit enabled DDR5 graphics cards. This coupled with the VPU's 1120 unified shaders is capable of 12.8GPixels/sec and 44.8 GTexels/s while drawing 360 watts during maximum load and 165watts at idle. .
The amount of shader pipeline and clock rates is the main difference other than the core capabilities between it and the HD5870 and the HD5850. The HD5870 has 1600 shader pipelines whereas the HD5830 has only 1120 with the HD5850 falling exactly in the middle. In addition the HD5870 will have an overall higher peak memory bandwidth due to its higher memory clock at 153.6Gb/sec, but the HD5850 and the HD5830 are exactly the same at 128Gb/sec.
Asus' branded DirectCU Cooling solution is technically a twin heatpipe heatsink cooled via an 80mm incorporated fan. Noise levels are in the moderate range and quickly ramp up when this card is put under load to keep temperatures down. In stock trim, idle is around 35c and under 100% FurMark load you will see temperatures in the 75-78c range. These are definitely not bad at all and the cooler could have been setup to run quieter at idle with minimal temperature increase. But I would have it run cooler than have the fan spinning too slow and having idle temperatures in the upper 40c/ lower 50c range like I have seen on other manufacturer's HD 5830 cards.