Not all that long ago, spending less
than $200 didn't get you a whole lot of videocard. The story is a
whole lot different now, the latest generation of mainstream and midrange graphics
cards have upped the performance curve significantly. Add some overclocking into the mix and you might even leap ahead to then
next fastest videocard class... all without spending an extra cent!
In this review PCSTATS is testing MSI's R4830 T2D512-OC videocard.
Retailing for about $150CDN ($100 USD
55GBP) , this pre-overclocked
videocards fits in nicely between the $95 Radeon HD 4670
and the $220
Radeon HD 4850
graphics cards. Best of all, the MSI
R4830 is built with the Radeon HD 4830 graphics processor, which
means it's effectively a dialed down version of the mainstream Radeon HD 4850 with almost all
the benefits of the Radeon HD 48XX series to draw from.
MSI have overclocked the AMD
Radeon HD 4830 GPU (code
named 'RV770LE') an anemic 10MHz beyond that of standard Radeon HD
4830 graphics card, yielding a core clock speed of
585MHz rather than the standard 575MHz. The R4830's 512MB of GDDR3 memory is
clocked at the default speed of 1800MHz. Not very exciting out of the
box as far as pre-overclocked videocards go... this is true.
However, MSI's R4830 videocard has a infinite abyss of overclocking
potential to tap into! It's that potential for an additional 20%
increase in speed care of overclocking, coupled with the MSI R4830
T2D512-OC's competitive price point that makes this particular PCI Express x16
videocard such an interesting option to consider.
This mainstream Radeon HD 4830 is just screaming to be overclocked.
The MSI R4830-T2D512-OC is a dual slot PCI Express x16
videocard which is CrossfireX compatible. In addition to its twin
DVI-D monitor outputs, the MSI R4830 is equipped with a TV-out port that
accomodates S-video, composite, and component outputs. Supplied with the R4830 videocard is a single DVI-to-analog adaptor and associated
cabling for S-Video/composite-RCA/component (RGB). Sadly there is no DVI-to-HDMI adaptor supplied with this
For Radeon RV770LE GPU cooling we find a
simple circular extruded aluminum heatsink with MSI's special curved fan
blades that are supposed to cut down on noise. At full blast the heatsink generates a moderate amount of noise, but
in a case its idle fan noise should be nearly unnoticeable. There is
venting at the I/O bracket for air to pass through, but without ducting from the GPU
heatsink warm air isn't necessarily going to expelled out the rear of the
A six-pin PCI Express power connector is required
in addition to the power supplied to the MSI R4830 videocard
by the PCI Express slot. If your power supply doesn't include the proper you
might want to consider upgrading it to a modern unit like
How will the MSI R4830-T2D512-OC videocard compare to some of NVIDIA's midrange
graphics cards, like last year's Geforce GTS 320
which still retails for close to
the same price? Stay tuned to PCSTATS, boys and girls, we're about to