WORK IN PROGRESS AMD ATi Radeon HD 4830 512mb by ASUS - Single Card Summary The ASUS EAH4830 is a very nice card. I bought it for 88$(before shipping) and for that price I have to say it's the BEST in its range. The gaming performance is phenomenal. Which is great considering this card is marketed towards budget gamers. The bundle it comes with is fairly weak. Two CD's(manual and drivers), a molex to 6pin PCIE and a DVI to VGA adapter. I was disappointed that they didn't pack a crossfire bridge in with it! This card is priced to where you can get two of them and get HD 4870/GTX 260 performance so the lack of crossfire bridge was a bad move. Pictures http://img.techpowerup.org/090207/DSC03805.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/090207/DSC03806.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/090207/DSC03807.jpg Benchmarks -TEST SYSTEM- AMD Athlon X2 7750 @ 3.1ghz, 4gb Corsair XSM2 DDR2800, AMD 790GX, Antec Earthwatts EA500D 500w, Seagate 250gb 7200.10RPM, Antec 300 case and Windows Vista 32bit Programs Running(to create a realistic test bed) - Xfire, Steam, ATi CCC, FRAPS and ASUS GamerOSD Left 4 Dead - All settings on the highest: 4x AA 4x ASF 1920x1080 82.03 FPS Average (Using custom Dead Air, Act 5 Finale Time Demo) Of course, Valve's Source Engine comes out on top with the smoothest game play experience. While playing the game(not benchmarking) it was incredibly smooth. Never saw the frame rate drop below 60FPS. Definitely the card to get if you are looking to play Source engine games maxed out with the best performance! SCREEN SHOT FarCry2 - All settings on high: 0x AA 0x ASF 1920x1080 DirectX10 Average FPS: 39.93, Max FPS: 64.14, Min FPS: 27.35 - Using the "ranch small" benchmark Wow! These are some great frame rates for a DX10 game on such a high resolution! I was shocked and impressed with the performance! World in Conflict - All settings on the highest: 2x AA 4x ASF 1920x1080 DirectX10 Average FPS: 23, Max FPS: 47, Min FPS: 9 This game's benchmark is good. Lots of explosions and close ups. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare I - All settings on the highest: 4x AA 16x ASF 1920x1080 Average FPS: 76, Max FPS: 178, Min FPS: 37 - Using fraps to count my FPS. I played in a 24/7 Broadcast server with 40 other players for the most part. Ran exceptionally well with minimal stutter. More benchmarks to come.. Have FarCry2, Vantage, World In Conflict and Stalker Clear Sky coming up. If you have a time demo for Clear Sky, please send it to me. Cooling + Overclocking The cooler on this card is very good. It only has a 2pin fan header, however, it keeps the card cool enough while creating almost no noise. It keeps the GPU at around 41c idle(46c idle OC) and 55c load(59c load OC) which is pretty impressive. It also covers the memory which most of the other 4830 models seem to ignore. I did find it strange that one of the memory chips was left uncovered..(link) Another thing that's great about the cooling is it has a heatsink on the VRM's which again, most other 4830 models ignore. This card not only cools great and runs great, it overclocks like a dream. I had it running at 700mhz on the core for well over 5 hours playing Left 4 Dead non-stop and I did not see a single artifact.. My old HD 4850 couldn't even clock that high on stock voltage! Score Performance: 9/10 Cooling: 9/10 Overclockability: 10/10 Price Performance: 10/10 Overall: 9.7/10 The only this card really needs is some packaged Crossfire bridges and a 3pin fan header.. Other than that, ASUS has another winner on their hands. AMD ATi Radeon HD 4830 512mb in Crossfire by ASUS and HIS - CrossfireX, Dual GPU Setup Summary The HIS ATi Radeon HD 4830, like the ASUS EAH4830, is a budget gamer card. It performs exceptionally well like the ASUS counterpart and still overclocks fairly high. I was slightly disappointed to see that it doesn't go higher than 650mhz in CCC unlike the ASUS which goes up to 700(and is stable at that speed). One thought that I had when I saw the HIS cooler was that it was going to be weak. I was wrong, it cools better than the ASUS cooler by nearly 10c on idle and at load. Again, like the ASUS card, this HIS card comes with a weak bundle. A molex to PCI-E cable, DVI to VGA adapter, driver CD, case sticker and the card. Lack of Crossfire cable kills these cards since they are easily Crossfire'd. Pictures http://img.techpowerup.org/090219/DSC03899.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/090219/DSC03900.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/090219/DSC03901.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/090219/DSC03902.jpg -TEST SYSTEM- AMD Athlon X2 7750 @ 3.1ghz, 4gb Corsair XSM2 DDR2800, MSI DAK790GX Platinum AMD 790GX and SB750, Forton Source FSP PowerMod 700w, Seagate 250gb 7200.10RPM, Raidmax Katana Case and Windows Vista 32bit Programs Running(to create a realistic gaming environment) - Xfire, Steam, ATi CCC and FRAPS Cooling + Overclocking The HIS HD 4830 card's heatsink may not look very powerful.. In fact, when I saw it was expecting much worse temps than my ASUS card but it actually performs better. 34c idle, 46c load. It's still got a 2pin fan header but it moves air fairly well without making any noticeable noise. The overclocking was stopped short as it only goes up to 650mhz in ATi's CCC Overdrive. It's stable at 650mhz so it was kept at that for testing.