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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

Unigine - Heaven Benchmark Results

Unigine Corp. released the first DirectX 11 benchmark "Heaven" that is based on its proprietary UnigineTM engine. The company has already made a name among the overclockers and gaming enthusiasts for uncovering the realm of true GPU capabilities with previously released "Sanctuary" and "Tropics" demos. Their benchmarking capabilities are coupled with striking visual integrity of the refined graphic art.

The "Heaven" benchmark excels at providing the following key features:

  • Native support of OpenGL, DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11
  • Comprehensive use of tessellation technology
  • Advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion)
  • Volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm
  • Dynamic simulation of changing environment with high physical fidelity
  • Interactive experience with fly/walk-through modes
  • ATI EyeFinity support

The distinguishing feature of the benchmark is a hardware tessellation that is a scalable technology aimed for automatic subdivision of polygons into smaller and finer pieces, so that developers can gain a more detailed look of their games almost free of charge in terms of performance. Thanks to this procedure, the elaboration of the rendered image finally approaches the boundary of veridical visual perception: the virtual reality transcends conjured by your hand.

Unigine Corp. is an international company focused on top-notch real-time 3D solutions. The development studio is located in Tomsk, Russia. Main activity of Unigine Corp. is development of UnigineTM, a cross-platform engine for virtual 3D worlds. Since the project start in 2004, it attracts attention of different companies and groups of independent developers, because Unigine is always on the cutting edge of real-time 3D visualization and physics simulation technologies.

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Getting back to a more synthetic type of benchmark, we see the HD 5830 doing a little better than it did with Far Cry 2 and Resident Evil 5. The HD 5850 still puts on a star performance and stands out from the crowd, but at least the HD 5830 distinguishes itself from the HD 5770. This test was run with 4x anti-aliasing; let's see how the cards stack up when we increase this to the maximum level of 8x.

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The impact of increasing the anti-aliasing is pretty clear. Two things happened; the older HD48xx cards took a nosedive, and so did the NVIDIA GT200 cards. While the HD 5830 still can't catch up to the HD 5850, it manages to get by the GTX285. One thing I noticed while observing the benchmark wind its way through the streets of Heaven 1.0; when smoke from the chimneys was in the scene, the frame rate dropped radically. It really hurt the older cards; I'm not sure if it was just their memory deficit, or what caused this effect.

Product Series Stream Processors Core Clock (MHz) Shader Clock (MHz) Memory Clock (MHz) Memory Amount Memory Interface
MSI Radeon HD4830 (R4830 T2D512) 640 585 N/A 900 512MB GDDR3 256-bit
XFX Radeon HD5750 (HD-575X-ZNFC) 720 700 N/A 1150 1.0GB GDDR5 128-bit
ASUS Radeon HD4850 (EAH4850 TOP) 800 680 N/A 1050 512MB GDDR3 256-bit
ATI Radeon HD5770 (Engineering Sample) 800 850 N/A 1200 1.0GB GDDR5 128-bit
XFX Radeon HD5830 (HD-583X-ZNFV) 1120 800 N/A 1000 1.0GB GDDR5 256-bit
ASUS GeForce GTX 260 (ENGTX260 MATRIX) 216 576 1242 999 896MB GDDR3 448-bit
XFX Radeon HD5850 (21162-00-50R) 1440 725 N/A 1000 1.0GB GDDR5 256-bit
MSI GeForce GTX 275 (N275GTX Twin Frozr OC) 240 666 1476 1161 896MB GDDR3 448-bit
ASUS GeForce GTX 285 (GTX285 MATRIX) 240 662 1476 1242 1.0GB GDDR3 512-bit
XFX Radeon HD5870 (HD-587X-ZNFC) 1600 850 N/A 1200 1.0GB GDDR5 256-bit

Let's take a look at one more benchmark, a decidedly less cheerful scenario in a post-apocalyptic "Zone", which is traversed by mercenary guides called Stalkers.



 

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