Specification and Packaging
Set firmly in the middle of the 4670 and 4850 is the 4830. This is the newest of the three GPU's, with ATI announcing it about a month after the initial launch of the 4000 series.
Although this card doesn't feature one of HIS's custom coolers or come pre-overclocked, it still has a fairly meaty specification:
Powered by Radeon® HD 4830 GPU
956 million transistors on 55nm fabrication process
640 stream processing units
24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering
ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance
PCI Express® 2.0 support
Engine CLK: 575mhz
Memory Size: 512mb
Memory Type: GDDR3
Memory Clock: 1800mhz
Memory Interface: 256bit
Whilst all the specifications seem very strong, the card's memory runs at a lower clock than the memory on the 4670. However, thanks to the much bigger memory interface (256 v 128bit), the card should have far more bandwidth.
Packaging & Appearance
The packaging for the 4830 has a similar construction to that used on the 4670. It uses a gloss-coated card with a graphic and product name on the front. HIS have decided not to cut out a window in this box however; they obviously don't feel the cooler is worth 'showing off'.
The box features pretty much all you need to know about the card. HIS have left most of the minor details to the back of the box, allowing the front of the box to look fairly attractive. The graphic appears to be similar to that which they used on the IceQ coolers featured on the 4670 & 4850.
As you can see, HIS have used a similar packing method for the 4670 & 4830. Once you open the secondary box, you will be presented the card itself and a driver CD. HIS have used an Anti-static bag for this card, something which they failed to use with the 4670. Unfortunately, the bundle with this card left a lot to be desired, with just a Driver CD, Case sticker and DVI adapter included.
No doubt you will rip open the Anti-static bag to see your new card; here is what you are presented with:
As you can see, the 4830 uses a 'flower' cooler. While it doesn't look as impressive as the IceQ range, it still kept our card cool and stable throughout testing. Like the 4670, HIS have chosen not to cool the memory chips, but this shouldn't hinder performance too much. The card has 2 DVI and Crossfire bridge connectors. This means, if your motherboard supports it, you can have 4 of these running in Crossfire.