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Sapphire Radeon HD 4830


Now that we’ve had a look at the hardware, let’s go over the feature highlights provided to us by Sapphire:

Feature Comments
TeraScale Graphics Engine

The powerful new TeraScale graphics engine features deliver high resolutions and fast frame rates.

A promise made by every video card manufacturer about just about every product; we’ll see shortly if they deliver.
Enhanced Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic Filtering

High performance anisotropic filtering and 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) smooth jagged edges and create true-to-life graphics, for everything from grass to facial features.

Anti-aliasing reduces the perception of jagged lines and edges, while anisotropic filtering improves texture sharpness on objects that are at a distance from the camera. ATI-based cards have historically been strong in delivering high-quality AA without a significant performance hit, we’ll see if this one lives up to the legacy.
DirectX 10.1

Play today while preparing for tomorrow with state-of-the-art DirectX 10.1 graphics capabilities.

Though industry adoption of DirectX 10 has been slow due to the large remaining install base of Windows XP machines, DX10 capability is essential for full graphical fidelity in the games that utilize it.
ATI CrossFireX™ Technology

ATI CrossFireX™ technology with up to quad GPU support offers superior scalability so your system is ready to level up when you are.

ATI’s latest attempt at multi-gpu support allows the simultaneous use of up to four cards in one system, when used with a compatible motherboard. The gains this nets you vary by game, but it can sometimes provide a nice boost.
PCI Express 2.0

Support for PCI Express 2.0 will prepare you for bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications.

The PCI-Express 2.0 specification provides double the data rate and transfer rate of the older PCI-e 1.x specs, helping to remove potential bottlenecks
Power to Spare

This GPU has the brute processing power needed for physics, artificial intelligence, stream computing and ray tracing calculations.

A wonderfully vague claim that manages to sound positive without saying anything. Nothing to see here people, move along.
Unified Video Decoder 2

Unified Video Decoder 2 frees up your CPU for other tasks so you get The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for even the most processing-intensive content, including VC-1, H.264 and now MPEG-2. Also, take full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture (PIP) capabilities.

An on-GPU decoding unit makes watching HD video much more pleasant, as it takes the decoding work off of the CPU, freeing it up for other tasks. Support for VC-1, H.264 and MPEG-2 mean that it will decode DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray movies without significant help from the CPU.
Upscale Beyond 1080p

Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond.

Nice to see that it supports 1080p content, though upscaling beyond 1920×1080 is unnecessary unless you’ve forked over the $$$$ required for a 30″ monitor.
On-chip HDCP

On-chip HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) makes life easier by allowing you to playback HDCP protected content.

Though the idea of protecting content from the people you’re selling it to is patently silly, HDCP support is required for Blu-Ray and HD-DVD playback though, so it’s good to see it here.

Enjoy the latest audio technologies using HDMI with 7.1 digital surround sound support. Also, xvYCC support allows the user to enjoy a wider range of color when connected to a capable HDTV.

HDMI output is nice for those who like to game on HDTV displays. xvYCC colorspace support means that doing so won’t degrade image quality any.
ATI PowerPlay™ Technology

ATI PowerPlay™ Technology delivers high performance when needed and conserves power when the demand on the graphics processor is low.

Dynamic voltage scaling has been standard on CPUs for a while now, it’s nice to see GPU manufacturers following suit.
Energy Efficient Manufacturing Process

Second generation 55nm chip uses the industry’s most energy efficient manufacturing process.

Using less energy in the manufacturing process is nice for generating warm fuzzy feelings about the environment, though it rarely translates into any cost-savings for the end user.


Now let’s take a look at the specifications, so we can see the raw capacity this card has to work with:

Chipset HD 4830
process (Die size) 0,055 µ
transistor count 956 Mio
memory options 512MB
Core frequency 575
Memory frequency (eff.) 900
Unified shader pipelines 640
Memory Bus (bit) 256
memory type GDDR3
data bus PCI Express x16
peak memory bandwidth (GB/sec) 57.60
standard cooling Active
standard slot solution Dual
external power need yes, 6pin
Pixel Shader version 4.1
DirectX DX10.1 SM4.1
OpenGL 2.0
Memory Optimization Hyper Z HD
Full Screen Anti-Aliasing Smoothvision HD + Adaptive AA


16-bit integer or floating point
TruForm Truform 2.0
Adaptive De-Interlace Video Shader HD
Video acceleration MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, WMV9, VC-1, and H.264
HDTV compatibility


HDMI compliance /

HDCP ready

HDMI 1.3 /


HDMI modes (over DVI) 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Dual-Link capabilities 2
native display support 10-bit
3D Graphics Resolution 2560×1600
TV Out resolution 1024×768


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4 Comments... What's your say?

  1. Actually the 128bit memory interface can indeed compete with one using a 256bit interface depending upon many other factors like overall bandwidth, GPU power, memory type and amount.

  2. I find it hard to believe that a card with a 128bit memory interface can compete with one with 256bit.

  3. Actually, from what I can find, the 4770 ranges from $99-109, whereas the 4830 ranges from $74-109. The 4830 may not be in the same bracket now as when it was released, but it’s still got good bang for the buck.

  4. its difficult to see why you’ve recommended this card, when a 4770 will outperform this one in all benchmarks, and is 10 $ cheaper at the very least.

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