Sapphire Radeon 5830 and 5850 Xtreme
Yes, you read the review title correctly. But no, this isn’t a review of two older graphics card models originally released a year ago. The Sapphire 5830 and 5850 Xtreme are actually two "new" graphics cards. More precisely, these are two previous-generation graphics cards that have been completely overhauled in design and are being released at extremely aggressive prices to compete against Nvidia’s mainstream lineup.
Admittedly, we wondered what Sapphire was thinking with these "new" 5800 cards. Actually, we nearly fell off our chairs at the thought of seeing the oddball 5830 again. But the mood quickly changed after we got these cards on the bench. And things got awfully serious after we finished testing these "new" Xtreme cards. In truth, we began to think the joke was on us, as Sapphire appears to have made a very shrewd move here.
Sapphire is positioning the 5830 and 5850 Xtreme to take on the Nvidia GTX 460 and 550 Ti, while claiming to offer better performance, temperatures, power consumption, and price. That’s a very tall order, especially considering these cards don’t feature new Radeon 6800 architecture.
Let’s take a closer look at these new Xtreme cards from Sapphire and find out if we were left juiced or jilted.
Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, Sapphire shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years Sapphire has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products.