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Sapphire HD5830 & HD5850 Xtreme Edition Review – CrossfireX

Rating: 8.5.

Sapphire have decided to re-release two of AMD’s last generation range of cards – the HD5830 and HD5850, but this time around they are offering them with a modified cooler and heavily reduced pricing. When we say heavily reduced, we really do mean it. The HD5850 ‘Xtreme’ has been reduced from an original price of £250 to £99 inc vat and the HD5830 ‘Xtreme’ from £200 to £80 inc vat.

While it might seem unusual to re-release older hardware Sapphire have built new cards with the last batch of ASIC’s from AMD to offer the enthusiast gamer an easily affordable gaming solution. With the price point now less than half the original, will two of these cards make for an ideal CrossfireX system?

Today we will compare them against a wide variety of hardware on the market today, including the new range of cards from both AMD and Nvidia.

Product Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme
Graphics Core Direct X 11 Direct X 11
ROPs 16 32
Core Clock 800mhz 725mhz
Memory Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory Clock 1GHZ (4GHZ effective) 1GHZ (4GHZ effective)
Manufacturing Process 40nm 40nm
Memory Bus Width 256bit 256bit

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