Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 - Budget Overclocking

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
Presented in a slimline cardboard box with dimensions not dissimilar to the graphics card contained within, it's clear to see that Sapphire have made a concious effort to keep any additional costs to a minimum. The overall colour scheme of the packaging is a combination of black and blue with an almost 'Vista-like' Aura style background. Ruby also makes an appearance at the front of box, getting out her best assets for the lads (her swords of course!).
 Sapphire HD4830 Box Front Sapphire HD4830 Box Back
Sapphire HD4830 Box Open Sapphire HD4830 Contents
Inside the box you'll find the usual collection of accessories including a DVI-VGA converter, DVI-HDMI converter, Molex-PCIe cable, S-Video cable and a driver disk. The card itsself is packaged inside a bubble-wrap padded anti-static bag, which will more than likely only offer minimal protection from courier inflicted damage. This basic level of packaging is something we've mentioned previously in our HD 4870 review, but given that this is a budget card it would seem that Sapphire are willing to take their chances.
Sapphire HD4830 Top Sapphire HD4830 Cooler
Sapphire HD4830 Front Sapphire HD4830 Rear
The card itsself is of a non-reference design with the most visible difference being the Sapphire blue PCB. Sapphire have also replaced the AMD stock cooler with an aluminium fin design that closely resembles an Intel CPU cooler. During our testing the cooler kept the card at around 38c idle / 56c load with an ambient temperature of 23c. Noise levels were also very acceptable with the card being inaudible over the system and CPU fans.
Sapphire HD 4830 Qimonda memory Sapphire HD 4830 PWM
A total of eight Qimonda GDDR3 memory IC's span the top and rear of the card with each chip carrying the model number HYB18H512321BF-10. Based on our previous experience with Qimonda GDDR3 these should overclock reasonably well, but obviously we'll find out for sure over on the next page.
Interestingly Sapphire have moved the power delivery (PWM) chips to the other side of the card compared with the reference AMD design. This could possibly be to obtain the benefit of additional airflow from the cooler, but will certainly prevent the card from being used with any other aftermarket coolers (such as full-cover water blocks).
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Most Recent Comments

18-11-2008, 11:09:23

nice review Jim.This looks to be a killer little card as there is some very interesting benches regarding these things in cross-fire(they beat "green teams" best cards on one or two games.

18-11-2008, 17:38:23

Not my 'cup of tea' Quote

18-11-2008, 20:38:43

Originally Posted by name='Hassan'
Not my 'cup of tea'
Care to explain why?

Nice review jimbo. Think im going to grab something like this just to tide me over for a while. Next on the cards is something like this and fallout 3 Quote

19-11-2008, 06:21:35

Originally Posted by name='nepas'
nice review Jim.This looks to be a killer little card as there is some very interesting benches regarding these things in cross-fire(they beat "green teams" best cards on one or two games.
I read that and I am temped to replace my 8800GT with one of these with a view to get another in the future.Quote

19-11-2008, 07:37:33

It's a good comparison, but I do have to point out a few flaws.

The 9500GT has to have been included as a joke. Anything nVidia release below a x600 can only be perceived as a multimedia/desktop card (even tho ALL gfxcards promote themselves as "great gaming performer" - that's shtick). It's always been the case with the x400, x200 etc. Hence they're around or below £50. Now if u did a pureHD comparison also, that'd be different perhaps.

I have a 8400 in a media pc, and have no expectations of benching it against a 8600.

If u popped in a 9600GT, as nVidia's base expectation for proper game playing, then we could perhaps be more serious. The costing ofc would be that much different, but also would be the performance.

It is great that the 4830 can push it's elder brothers when it's oc'd, but what bothers me in the comparisons is that if u bought the brother - u'd most probably oc that too. Tricky.

For £100, I don't know about the validity of getting this card tbh. It's not something I'd promote.Quote

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