ConclusionThe HD5830 Xtreme is not a card that brought a lot of fanfare with it. There were no great performance claims given, no revolutionary technology and perhaps most importantly no eye-bulging price tag. To put it simply the HD5830 Xtreme flew into our offices under radar. Even as the benchmarking began we expected to see few surprises, after all this is "only" a $129 card. The HD5830 Xtreme decided to shed its unassuming disguise as we moved further into our benchmarking runs. As we stated earlier, we never truly expected the card to beat its more expensive siblings (ok, more like one sibling and one disliked cousin) but it managed to do just that and more importantly it did it more than one. The HD5830 Xtreme might not post earth-shattering benchmark numbers but it did prove that it can offer much greater performance than it’s diminutive price tag suggests. The HD5830 Xtreme rings up at a roughly 35% smaller price tag than its competitors in this review yet was able to consistently provide 80-85% of their performance and in some cases over 100% of the performance. It looks like Sapphire picked the right time and right price to reintroduce the HD5830.
Based on everything that we saw so far, we're awarding Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme our mainstream Value award.
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