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Sapphire HD5830 & HD5850 Xtreme Edition Review – CrossfireX

The Sapphire HD5830 Xtreme Edition card arrives in a rather eye-catching box. Another 3D render of a futuristic lady wielding a sword, we aren’t quite sure why she is wearing goggles, but perhaps its best not to ask.

The bundle contains power and video converter cables, literature on the product and the Sapphire Select Club, as well as a software disc.

The card itself ships with a custom cooler on a modified blue PCB. This is a very similar cooler to the models we have seen recently on the Sapphire HD6870 and HD6790. This angular blade design is very good for circulating high volumes of air without creating a racket.

The card has a single CrossfireX connector, meaning it can be paired up with another card. It requires 2x 6 pin PCI-E power connectors to operate.

The card has three output connectors. Dual link DVI, HDMI, and a mini displayport.

The HD6830 Xtreme ships with a custom Sapphire heatpipe cooler, comprising three thick copper pipes which link into two separate banks of aluminum fins. Sapphire are using Elpida W1032BABG memory – we have also seen these being used on newer 6 series graphics cards, such as the HD6870 FleX Edition.

Two of the cards configured into a Crossfire pairing.

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