Testing MethodologyThe Radeon HD 5830 Xtreme is sitting at a very attractive price point. Coming in at $129USD, the card is approaching the bottom rung of the pricing ladder which is all well and good, but where it sits on the performance ladder is equally important. Cards in this price range are generally fighting for the bang-for-your-buck award so to speak and that award is usually won by the one who can offer the greatest performance at the lowest price. To that end we will be evaluating how this card stacks up against the MSI R6850 Cyclone and MSI N460GTX HAWK from our $200 Graphics Wars review. It is not expected that the HD5830 Xtreme will beat these cards per se, however it will provide a prime example of what level of performance you can expect for the money and whether or not the $129 price tag is well fitting. Bear in mind that these cards dropped in price to only $159.99 (after rebate) for both cards. Can $30 bring that much of a difference? Read on.Testbed Configuration
- Intel Core i7 2600K Processor at 3.4GHz (Supplied by Intel)
- Intel DP67BG Motherboard (Supplied by Intel)
- 2x 2GB Kingston DDR3-1600 MHz Memory
- 160GB Intel X25-M SSD
- Enermax Revolution 1000w PSU
- Windows 7 64bit Operating System
- Samsung SyncMaster 2443BW 24-inch 1900 by 1200 pixel resolution display
With the fact that 35% of all of our readers are running a Full HD capable display (1080p, 1200p, 1440p and 1600p combined), we're running our tests in 1920x1200 only (except 3DMark11), as we believe that is the proper representation of challenges faced by this graphics card.
Unless we stated otherwise, all optimizations have been set on full quality, Catalyst AI has been disabled and the tests are run with Anisotropic filtering and Anti-Aliasing turned on. Our goal is to provide you with information how hardware actually performs in real world situations while keeping the synthetic part of the review that provides you with easily comparable results.
All gameplay tests are not measured through a ridiculously short, 60-second FRAPS run - but rather a complete level of the game, lasting for 10-20 minutes. We believe that by measuring actual gameplay on a long run we can notice does the reviewed product carry inadequacies which can lower your experience.
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