At TechwareLabs, we often bring you reviews of the latest and greatest, top-of-the-line hardware. While this is certainly important, there’s a much larger segment of the market that often gets ignored: the budget gamer. Whether you’re a starving college student who is balancing the need to game against keeping your student loans in check, or just someone who wants to build a game-worthy system without dropping a ton of cash, there are wide range of video cards out there to meet your needs (and budget). Today we’ll be looking at Sapphire’s latest offering in the budget-gamer category, the Radeon HD 4830. At $109.99 (directron.com), this card is competitively priced, but is it worth your hard-earned cash? Let’s find out!
Packaging and First Looks
The packaging on the 4830 is tastefully done, with ATI’s Ruby Rom character featured front and center. On the back, a bit of ad copy accompanies a list of highlighted features, which we’ll go over later.
Inside, we find the card itself with all the necessary accessories: driver disc, Molex to PCI-e 6 pin power adapter, DVI->VGA adapter, DVI->HDMI adapter, S-Video->Composite adaptor, and S-Video->Component adapter. No games or extras were included with the driver software, but that’s hardly unusual for a card in this price bracket.