HIS HD5830 Review
This has been a strange test.
Firstly the HIS HD5830 Turbo definitely spanks the HD5770 and puts up a good showing against the HD5850. In most of our tests it was very close between the two in pure frame-rate terms which would make it easy to conclude that you should rush out right now and buy one.
There are a few caveats though. The biggest one, the one that is almost impossible to ignore, is the pricing. An HD5770 is around £130 and gives good performance for that price bracket. The difference between the HIS HD5830 Turbo and a HD5850 is around £30 though. Performance wise the 5850 does hold the lead throughout testing, the anomalous Need for Speed Shift notwithstanding, and that is in stock form. Lots of our earlier testing has shown that the overheads available with a 5850 allow incredible overclocking performance that really gives a boost to the frame-rates.
Because HIS have done such an excellent job in squeezing every last bit of performance out of the 5830 Turbo it means that there isn't a lot of room to pull some extra performance out. The Cooler easily copes with the heat and remains quiet under loading.
Curiously we end up with two conclusions.
If your heart is set on a HD5830 then the HIS HD5830 Turbo is a fantastic choice and certainly should be top of your list. The cooler is very quiet, the performance is excellent and you get Modern Warfare 2 for free. As an additional bonus is because of its pre-overclocked state you can fit and forget.
However, if you've got around £210 to spend on a graphics card then you really should consider the extra £30 for a HD5850 which beats it on performance and if you overclock it will be far in the distance.
- Great performance for a middle-range card
- The HIS Turbo variant really does add something over the standard card
- Very quiet
- Priced very close to a 5850
- Already at its overclock limit