ATI Radeon HD 5830 gets official: DirectX 11 but slightly too expensive?

Chris Davies - Feb 25, 2010, 3:07am CST

AMD have announced their latest graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 5830, just as they were predicted to last week.  The HD 5830 slots into the sub-$250 bracket and supports DirectX 11, ATI’s Eyefinity multi-display technology and ATI Stream; however it also confirms yesterday’s leaked specifications, which revealed that the card would not be as powerful – in comparison to its HD 5850 sibling – as some users had anticipated.

The HD 5830 has 1120 stream processors for 1.79 TFLOPs of compute performance; it can also manage 44.8 GTexels/s from its 56 texture units, and a 12.8 GPixel/s pixel fillrate.  However the HD 5850 has 320 stream processors more and manages almost twice the pixel fillrate.

The usual suspects – HEXUS, HardOCP, Tom’s Hardware, Hot Hardware and TechSpot – have launch-day reviews of the ATI Radeon HD 5830, and opinion is mixed.  A common complaint is that the card is a little too expensive for what performance it offers, though that performance was still sufficient to run DirectX 11 games without anti-aliasing and at their full frame rate.  If street pricing was more like $200 to $225 it seems a lot of reviewers would be much happier.

Press Release:

New ATI Radeon™ HD 5830 Graphics Card Brings Huge Performance, More Choice for DirectX® 11 Gaming

Newest addition brings all the features of the ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 series, great performance and even lower price

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —2/25/2010
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon™ HD 5830 graphics card, bringing gamers the cutting-edge features and performance of the award-winning ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 series at a lower price than ever before at less than $250 USD.1 With the introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 5830, gamers have another great choice in graphics hardware, with full support for DirectX® 11 gaming, ATI Eyefinity technology,2 and ATI Stream capabilities.3

“The ATI Radeon™ HD 5830 graphics card makes enthusiast-level performance even more accessible to gamers, adding another compelling choice to the award-winning ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 series,” said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Division. “Cutting-edge features such as full DirectX® 11 support, ATI Eyefinity multi-display capabilities and ATI Stream technology position the ATI Radeon™ HD 5830 graphics card to become a favorite with the gaming community.”

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