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SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity Technology
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs all tests and games solid 30 fps and higher with 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2x AA, 16x AF, dx 9/10/11, motion blur on with supportive games, tessellation on with supportive games, advance shadows on with supportive games. Used CCC 10.6, no crashes or problems yet.

Runs cooler, in my system, than my friends evga gtx 460 1gb that i borrowed for a few days to test not to mention i got this for $199.99 + free shipping while he spent almost $240 after shipping.

Frame differences compared to my hd 5850 1gb reference were anywhere from 12 to 27 fps using settings described above and no overclocking either card. So $200 vs $300-350 for 12-27 fps difference? I'd say that's not a bad deal. If you're a performance nut that has to squeeze out every last frame that you can, hd 5850 is very good...but pricey without breaking $350 barrier.

Cons: for $200, nothing is wrong. I did try to overclock without tweaking factory voltage but card artifact. After tweaking voltage, slight 75 mhz core / 200 mhz effective increase was stable using ati overdrive. Not bad, just tedious extra steps to do what you'd want it to do as an enthusiast.

Other Thoughts: The card is 1-1.5 inches longer than my sapphire hd 5850 reference design. Measure your case before consider purchasing. For those who are on a budget, this is a great card. Both gtx 460 1gb and hd 5830 1gb are solid performers with low temps and power consumptions.


Test system:

Win 7 pro 64-bit
Corsair 750w psu
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 oc 3.42ghz 1600 mhz fsb
Asus Arctic Square cpu cooler
OCZ Freeze thermal compound
Asus P5QL Pro mobo
Kingston HyperX 4gb DDR2 1066 5-5-5-15 2T @ 2.2v
Sapphire HD 5830 1gb
Sapphire HD 5850 1gb
Evga GTX 460 1gb
(the last two below were tested as well just out of curiosity but results weren't very great in comparison to the top 3 cards.)
BFG GTS 250 1gb
XFX 9800 GTX+ 1gb

Parts installed in NZXT Zero 2 full tower, average case temp is 35 C.

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HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2K2/4G
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Perfect performance and oc capabilities. Heatsinks work as expected. Most, if not, all ddr2 1066 modules are defaulted at 800mhz upon boot and will require minor settings in bios to achieve 1600mhz desired with proper voltage as well. With that note, modules have endured hours of benchmarks, stress tests, memtests, and gaming at 1600mhz 5-5-5-15 2T @ 2.2v with no errors. Allowed stable Intel C2Q Q9550 cpu oc from 2.83 ghz to 3.42 ghz (1333 mhz fsb to 1600 mhz fsb) so far on air cooling. Quite happy with results.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have not used Kingston since 2003 after their earlier HyperX series launched for DDR 400 so giving these modules a try has been a very good experience so far. They replaced 4 sticks of Corsair Dominators DHX series 6gb worth that have all died on me within the same week after 10 months of use. Not saying Corsair are bad since I've purchased their xms gaming rams from ddr 400 to ddr2 800 to ddr2 1066 and ddr3 1600 over the last 7 years installed in over ten systems. Never have any of them gone bad until the dominators. If these HyperX modules continue to do what they do, I will easily recommend them to future customers and purchase more for personal systems. Thank you Kingston for delivering amazing products and NewEgg for painless and quick service as always. Keep up the good work.

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SAMSUNG TOC T260HD Rose   Black 25.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: tv tuner, 10,000:1 DC, 2x HDMI, gloss black/rose red bezel, remote control :D, screen size, beautiful 1080p blu rays, very sturdy and doesn't "wobble" when i bump my desk. 5 eggs & Highly recommend any of the ToC series (t220, t240, t260) all of them are beautiful in both looks & functionality.

Cons: 16:10 aspect ratio instead of 16:9 for movies but not a problem. Definitely a dust magnet and I guess the built-in 3 watts speakers are a tad weak for certain movies and music but I have Logitech z-2300 set for audio ;)

Other Thoughts: The T260HD is huge if you sit as close as I do (approximately 3-4 ft) and it has a nice weight to it. Picture quality is as should be from Samsung and their ToC series monitors/HDTV's. I sold my T220HD to upgrade to this one and this is quite nice. Connected my ps3 for blu rays via hdmi, even though native resolution is 1920x1200, 1080p movies scales pretty nicely and looks phenominal.

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Display Name: Vu N.

Date Joined: 06/24/07

  • Reviews: 23
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  • First Review: 09/14/07
  • Last Review: 07/22/10
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