|ASUS Radeon HD 4830 Video Card EAH4830|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Mathew Williams - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 26 November 2008|
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Asus HD 4830 Conclusion
The HD 4830 series of video cards proved to be a worthy addition to the Radeon HD 4000 product family. With prices reaching below $100, it fills an important price point for the Holiday shopping season. Those looking at the HD 4600 series would be wise to give the HD 4830 serious look as it offers a considerable performance increase.
Our test card, the EAH4830, came to us from Asus in a colorful, well-designed package, free from harm. Asus also maintains an excellent website showcasing their products, although at the time of this review, any mention of the EAH4830 has been absent from the US product pages. I was able to find a news release announcing its launch, but with the product already on the market, I recommend Asus get a product page up as soon as possible. On the plus side, the EAH4830 is listed on the support section of the Asus website. Finding updated drivers was easy, and thanks to some serious bandwidth from Asus, I was able to download drivers in a matter of seconds, not minutes like some other manufacturer websites out there.
Out of the packaging, the EAH4830 takes on a classic red and black color scheme. The heatsink and fan design is attractive, but not overstated. Overall, it's a great looking card, although chances are most people will be more interested in the visuals it can produce as opposed to the way it looks.
As with most Asus products, the EAH4830 is very well constructed. The heatsinks were firmly attached, with no noticeable movement or flex. Asus went with high quality capacitors, mosfets, chokes, and EMI shielding. All add up to great construction quality, which equates to better stability and a higher overclocking threshold.
Once in our test system, the EAH4830 performed admirably. With the stream processors reduced by 20% and clock speed down 50MHz compared to the HD 4850, I expected performance to suffer substantially. In all of our tests, however, the EAH4830 offered framerates close to the 4850, only differing an average of 10-12%. The factory overclocked memory certainly helped, and overclocking the GPU could easily close this gap. The only knock I have against this card is the lower performance per watt, with power consumption on par with the higher performing HD 4850. Fortunately, the Asus designed heatsink and fan helps keep the heat produced by this power consumption in check.
Although our price comparison tool has found a few retailers selling the ASUS 4830, only one offers the best deal. As of November 2008, you can buy the EAH4830 from NewEgg for under $100 (after MIR of course); otherwise the price is $119.99. At this price, the EAH4830 is an exceptional value, although I would have liked to see a DVI-HDMI adapter and crossfire bridge included.
Out of all the 4830's currently on the market, the EAH4830 from Asus offers the best factory clock speeds and performance. At its current price, it is also one of the best deals out there. If you're looking for a mid-range video card, the EAH4830 deserves some serious consideration.
+ Excellent price/performance ratio
- No DVI-HDMI adapter
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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