Date: April 5th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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So what do you exactly get for US$250 when you purchase this HD5830 performance videocard.
Sapphire supplied the usual driver CD with case sticker, a basic user's manual along with a full version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare which will support DX11. Any videocard that comes complete with an top of the line popular game is a huge plus in my books. Also included was ArcSoft's SimHD which promised to improve video performance playback through enhanced visual quality.
The hardware kit covered all the bases with a VGA to DVI adapter, two six pin power cables along with a crossfire bridge. Overall, there isn't anything left out.
And last out of the box is the videocard itself. This card is based off the ATI reference design PCB but is complimented with the addition of Sapphire's large heatpipe cooler. But what surprised me was the increase in size over the HD5700 series and how it spans the who motherboard. People with cramped cases should take note of this.