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HIS 5830 Turbo
Written by Scott Harness   
Monday, 15 March 2010 00:00

card_fan1HIS 5830 Turbo

With an uprated cooling setup, higher clock speeds and a free game, the HIS 5830 Turbo hopes to provide more value for money with extra performance and additional software.


I think it's safe to say that the 5830 has been received with mixed opinions from both reviewers and end users. However, for the most part, this is based on the first drivers available for the card as well as on the default reference cards. Since AMD are leaving it up to the vendors to create their own mix with the 5830 GPU, we are now starting to see various different cards appear with the 5830 at their heart.

Many of these vendors, including today's review supplier, have decided to increase the clock speeds of the core and memory for their respective design of 5830 card, perhaps in the hopes to alleviating some of the disappointment folks had when they realized that the 5830 doesn't quite perform as well as hoped at the price point it's been released at it. AMD have since managed to score a deal where by you can now get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with the cards, so considering that many feel the 5830 is over priced, if you're looking to get one, it's going to be especially important to look at the extras you're getting.

have sent over their Platinum package , supplied with extra software, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (a $60 game) and it comes pre-overclocked above the recommended AMD specs. The also sports their iCooler cooling setup which we really liked on the 4xxx cards we reviewed a while back, so let's open the box shall we?



Model Name
HIS HD 5830 iCooler V Turbo 1GB (256bit) GDDR5 PCIe (DirectX 11/ Eyefinity) (Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 Game Coupon Inside)
Radeon HD 5830 PCIe Series
Memory Size
1024MB GDDR5
Pixel Pipelines
1120 stream processing units* (Unified)
Vertex Engines
1120 stream processing units* (Unified)
Manu. Process
Memory Type
Engine CLK
Memory CLK
4.4GBPs / 4400MHz
Memory Interface
Bus Interface
PCI Express x16
Max. Resolution
3x 2560*1600 (Dual dual-link)
GPU Features
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • PCI Express 2.0 Support
  • OpenGL 3.1 Optimization and Support
  • HDCP Capable
  • ATI Stream
  • ATI Stream
  • ATI CrossFireXTM multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance (Software Crossfire)
  • 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireXTM technology in dual mode)
1x DVI, 1x (Native) HDMI, 1x VGA

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The box for the HIS 5830 Turbo is a little different proportionately than we've come to expect from HIS in the past, however I have to say that I personally think it's the best packaging to date. It's quite a heavy package and the box is both thinner and deeper. As is usual for HIS, the box has all the pertinent information on the rear and highlighted information on the front.


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Inside we find a gray cardboard box which contains the card and package contents. The extras are all kept loose on a tray with the card itself securely packed beneath. All the packaging and support is cardboard, making it all recyclable.


Included with the HIS 5830 Turbo is a CrossfireX bridge, two 2x Molex to 1x PCIe 6 pin adapters, a DVI to VGA adapter, a redeemable voucher for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (via Steam) and a small folder which holds the Driver disk, extra software and media (3D Bumptop, HIS Wallpapers) and an HIS case badge. We've seen larger packages but overall there is quite a bit here.


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The card itself sports the big black iCooler V cooling setup, which uses a shrouded heat-pipe cooling setup with a single fan. As this is the CoD:MW2 edition platinum package, HIS have decorated the cooling shroud with an appropriate game sticker.


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The fan for the cooling is a blue translucent one and sits right above the GPU itself. The back edge of the cooling shroud sports these raked grills to give the card a very sporty impression; it looks pretty good overall I think.


Whilst we are at the rear end of the card, let's check out the power headers. Two 6 pin PCIe power connectors are needed, so make sure you have at least a 500w (recommended 600w) power supply as the 5830 is a little juicy under load.


Turning the card around we can see the IO layout. Aside from the exhaust grill, we also have two DVI-I outputs, a native HDMI output and a DisplayPort output. You'll also notice that HIS have gone with a gun metal look for the IO plate itself which gives this part of the card a high end audio look to it, something we've seen on HIS cards in the past and makes a welcome return here.


The rear of the card is quite uneventful, although you can see the cross brace used to hold the cooler on the GPU, complete in matching gun metal coloring. You'll also note that HIS have gone with their signature blue PCB and this image also shows quite well how big the card is.


Test Setup: Intel Core 2 Duo 6420 @ 3.20GHz, 4GB of OCZ PC2-6400 Ram @ 960MHz, Asus Blitz Formula, Silicon Power M10 32GB + WD640AAKS, Asetek Waterchill Watercooling, Hyper Type M 730w PSU. All latest drivers as of March 2010 and the OS is Windows 7 64bit.

For comparison, we are testing against a default clocked 5830 card.


Left 4 Dead 2 - Recording a custom demo on the Dead Center, Hotel level (inside in the inferno), we used FRAPS to record frame rates as we played back the demo on all cards at same settings.

Assassin's Creed 2 – The second of our DirectX 9 games, we tested by climbing a tower repeatedly in the Venice, San Polo – Rialto Bridge area and taking a leap of faith to the hay below. Fraps was used to record frame-rates and the cards were set to the highest possible for each card.

Batman Arkham Asylum – We used a combination of the in game benchmark and FRAPS to gather our numbers for this game. All cards were set to the highest possible settings for that card.

Crysis Warhead – We used the Framebuffer benchmark tool to run through the Ambush demo and recorded the results with FRAPS. Settings for each card were set to highest possible for that card.

Colin McRae's DiRT2 - DiRT2 has some very good looking visuals and provides us with our first DirectX 11 test. We used FRAPS with the games inbuilt benchmark to test a quick run around a London track.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat Benchmark – Our second DX11 test uses a combination of Fraps and the Ray portion of the benchmark. Cards were set to highest possible for each card

Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark - DMC4's benchmark provides a nice way of testing that anyone can do. Results are all from the benchmark itself, and include average frame rates as well as 4 graphs for each level tested. Settings for all cards were the same.


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