ASUS EAH 5830 DirectCU Review 48

ASUS EAH 5830 DirectCU Review

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The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

ASUS is using a new cooler that is designed to combine low fan noise and cooling performance at an affordable price. You can immediately see the heatpipes coming out of the thermal assembly, conveying a feeling of cooling power.

Graphics Card Height

ASUS has made their card occupy two slots in the system, which is the expected configuration for the HD 5830.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

The card has one DVI port, one HDMI port, and one DisplayPort. This is just one of many output configurations that are possible on the new cards, thanks to the overhauled display output logic. Basically the card can drive six TMDS signals that can be combined in any way (a dual-link DVI consumes two TMDS lines). Personally I would have preferred a DVI connector instead of the DP, because more people can potentially use that. ATI also mentioned that AIBs are free to design HD 5830 cards with up to six outputs, but nobody has announced any such products yet.

For HDMI Audio, NVIDIA requires you to feed an external audio source, for example from your motherboard's on-board audio, to the card via SPDIF cable. AMD on the other hand has integrated a sound device inside their GPUs which is the easier solution for most users. Also AMD's integrated sound device has been upgraded to support HDMI 1.3a which includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz / 24-bit.

CrossFire configurations are supported to improve performance even further.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

Here are the front and the back of the card, high-res versions are also available (front, back). If you choose to use these images for voltmods etc, please include a link back to this site or let us post your article.
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