MSI 5830 Twin Frozr II 1GB
Until recently there has been a gap in ATI’s Radeon lineup, directly between the 5850 and 5770 in terms of performance and price. Looking to close that gap, ATI launched the Radeon HD5830. The nomenclature and naming sounds logical, but there are a couple caveats here though. The first is that the 5830 isn’t really a new card; rather, it is a card that essentially couldn’t meet the 5870 binning process. 5870, you say? Yes, 5870. Indeed, the 5830 is actually a neutered 5870. As a result, this new card looks very similar in terms of aesthetics and size, but the horsepower under the hood is considerably less.
Further, the 5830 is designed to essentially replace the 4890 in the context of ATI’s 5000 series lineup, at least in terms of pricing. With 4890 stock drying up across the board and scarce, the 5830 is the new kid on the block looking to make its mark. So we have a bit of an interesting situation here with a card that is physically similar to a 5870 but nowhere near the performance, in fact coming below a 5850 that is actually a smaller card. So what’s the catch, why consider a 5830?
Well, the catch is that while the 5830 doesn’t offer a very compelling purchase under normal circumstances, there is one significant advantage that can make it very worthwhile: overclocking. When overclocked, the 5830 puts the hurt on the 5850 in terms of gaming value.
Overclocking a graphics card can be a bit daunting, however, as the returns typically aren’t much worthwhile. But we have an exception today: the MSI 5830 Twin Frozr II 1GB. MSI has taken the 5830, installed a custom heatsink with heatpipes and dual fans, used some military-grade components in its construction, and allowed voltage tweaks for serious overclocking. The result? We won’t fully tip our hand just yet, but let’s say that we managed to pull down some serious numbers.
Let’s take the MSI 5830 Twin Frozr II 1GB for a spin and see just how far we were able to push it.
Thanks go to MSI for supplying the review sample.
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