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Written by Bruce Normann   
Friday, 26 March 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
XFX Radeon HD5830 DX11 Video Card
XFX Radeon HD5830 Features
ATI Radeon HD5830 Specifications
Closer Look: XFX Radeon HD 5830
Detailed Features: XFX Radeon HD 5830
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark Vantage Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
Far Cry 2 Benchmarks
Resident Evil 5 Benchmarks
Unigine - Heaven Benchmarks
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Benchmarks
XFX Radeon HD5830 Temperature
VGA Power Consumption
Radeon HD 5830 Final Thoughts
XFX Radeon HD 5830 Conclusion

XFX Radeon HD5830 Features

The feature set of the XFX HD5830 video card is identical to the two previously released HD5800 series cards. The only differences are in the number of processing units at various places in the architecture. For those who perused the mountain of details that accompanied the 5800 series launch, this graphic should look somewhat familiar. What might catch your attention are the big white spaces where I used a digital eraser to show what gets left out on this particular chip. It's not nearly as pretty as the corporate graphics, but it gives you a better feel for what gets left on the cutting room floor when a potential HD 5870 GPU becomes an HD 5830. Notice that the number of ROPs gets cut in half, and I suspect some of that L2 cache goes away, too. This could potentially have a bigger performance impact than the reduction in shaders from 1600 down to 1120.


All ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series graphics cards come with ATI Eyefinity Technology, which can instantly triple your visual real estate, up to three displays for the ultimate in innovative "wrap around" capabilities, all with crisp, sharp picture quality. ATI Eyefinity technology engages your peripheral vision and puts you right in the game. At the office, you can multi-task without needing to flip between windows. Ideal for multi-media applications, keep as many palettes or panels open as you would like, while you edit images or videos.

ATI Stream Technology unleashes the massive parallel processing power of your GPU to help speed up demanding every-day applications. Experience fast video encoding and transcoding, so that video playback, editing and transferring content to your iPod or other portable media players is quick and easy.

As the first fully Microsoft DirectX 11-compatible GPUs, the ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series delivers unrivaled visual quality and intense gaming performance. Enjoy in-your-face 3D visual effects and dynamic interactivity, with features like HDR Texture Compression, DirectCompute 11 and Tessellation.

The 5800 Series is further supersized with GDDR5 memory, 1.8X of graphics performance boost with ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode, and unparalleled anti-aliasing and enhanced anisotropic filtering for slick graphics and supreme realism.

Radeon HD5830 GPU Feature Summary

  • 2.15 billion 40nm transistors
  • TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
    • 1120 Stream Processing Units
    • 56 Texture Units
    • 64 Z/Stencil ROP Units
    • 16 Color ROP Units
  • 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • DirectX 11 support
    • Shader Model 5.0
    • DirectCompute 11
    • Programmable hardware tessellation unit
    • Accelerated multi-threading
    • HDR texture compression
    • Order-independent transparency
  • OpenGL 3.2 support1
  • Image quality enhancement technology
    • Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
    • Adaptive anti-aliasing
    • 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
    • 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
  • ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
    • Three independent display controllers - Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
    • Display grouping - Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
  • ATI Stream acceleration technology ATI_Radeon_HD5830_Video_Card_Big_Bunny_02.jpg
    • OpenCL 1.0 compliant
    • DirectCompute11
    • Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling4,5
    • Native support for common video encoding instructions
  • ATI CrossFireXTM multi-GPU technology6
    • Dual GPU scaling
  • ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology7
    • UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
    • Advanced post-processing and scaling8
    • Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
    • Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
    • Independent video gamma control
    • Dynamic video range control
    • Support for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2
    • Dual-stream 1080p playback support9,10
    • DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
    • Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP11
      • Max resolution: 2560x160012
    • Integrated DisplayPort output
      • Max resolution: 2560x160012
    • Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
      • Max resolution: 1920x120012
    • Integrated VGA output
      • Max resolution: 2048x153612
    • 3D stereoscopic display/glasses support13
    • Integrated HD audio controller
      • Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
      • Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
  • ATI PowerPlayTM power management technology7
    • Dynamic power management with low power idle state
    • Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
  • Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  1. Driver support scheduled for release in 2010
  2. Driver version 8.66 (Catalyst 9.10) or above is required to support ATI Eyefinity technology and to enable a third display you require one panel with a DisplayPort connector
  3. ATI Eyefinity technology works with games that support non-standard aspect ratios which is required for panning across three displays
  4. Requires application support for ATI Stream technology
  5. Digital rights management restrictions may apply
  6. ATI CrossFireXTMtechnology requires an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard, an ATI CrossFireXTM Bridge Interconnect for each additional graphics card) and may require a specialized power supply
  7. ATI PowerPlayTM, ATI AvivoTMand ATI Stream are technology platforms that include a broad set of capabilities offered by certain ATI RadeonTMHD GPUs. Not all products have all features and full enablement of some capabilities and may require complementary products
  8. Upscaling subject to available monitor resolution
  9. Blu-ray or HD DVD drive and HD monitor required
  10. Requires Blu-ray movie disc supporting dual 1080p streams
  11. Playing HDCP content requires additional HDCP ready components, including but not limited to an HDCP ready monitor, Blu-ray or HD DVD disc drive, multimedia application and computer operating system.
  12. Some custom resolutions require user configuration
  13. Requires 3D Stereo drivers, glasses, and display

Although most of this article will focus on gaming performance, it's important to remember that the Radeon HD5xxx series has the most extensive and effective video processing technology available today. Many of the features referenced in the list above have real-world implications for seemingly simple tasks like web browsing.


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