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MSI R4830-T2D512-OC Radeon HD 4830 Videocard Review
MSI R4830-T2D512-OC Radeon HD 4830 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
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!
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Dec 17 2008   J. Apong  
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Radeon HD 4830 is leaner, meaner and best of all... Cheaper!

After playing withe ASUS Radeon HD 4850, it was difficult to imagine that videocards could offer even better value for money in this generation... but that's exactly what's going on with the MSI R4830-T2D512-OC graphics card.

Running about $150CDN ($100 USD, 55GBP), the MSI R4830-T2D512-OC videocard manages to perform within 5-10% of its bigger brother, the RV770-based Radeon HD 4850, while costing 35% less.

These performance levels relative to more expensive videocards aren't something typically seen, particularly at this price point. NVIDIA's nearest competitor to the Radeon HD 4830, the NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GT (which is really just a re-branded 8800 GT), comes closest to the Radeon HD 4830 in terms of performance and price, but tends to be slightly slower under testing and a little bit more expensive.

Given the results PCSTATS has seen in this review, it's not hard to imagine the MSI R4830-T2D512-OC videocard making its way into a mainstream computer system originally intended for home-office work. The R4830 isn't quite powerful enough to be running the latest DirectX 10 games with all the eye candy and image quality settings turned up, but with a bit of adjustment it's still capable of handling most games that mainstream gamers will throw at it.

Aside from its performance, the other appealing aspect of this card for mainstream users are its low power-consumption figures and overclockability. The MSI R4830's low power draw was complemented by low overall heat, and those two factors make for some great overclocking conditions. The RV770LE GPU didn't let us down, giving ample overclocking headroom, moving from 585MHz to 730MHz core clock speeds as well as memory speed increases from 1800MHz up to 2200MHz. At these levels the MSI R4830 was able to perform either as fast or faster than the Radeon HD 4850!

For anyone who's looking to do some gaming but can't quite manage the $200 price point of a Radeon HD4850, your videocard has arrived. Add in some overclocking and the MSI R4830 could net you a healthy jump in performance for an increased edge in your favourite games.

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Contents of Article: MSI R4830-T2D512-OC
 Pg 1.  MSI R4830-T2D512-OC Radeon HD 4830 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Radeon HD 4830 Core Technology
 Pg 3.  Getting 20% Extra Out Of the MSI R4830 for Free
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, Crysis
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 9.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR, Crysis
 Pg 10.  — Radeon HD 4830 is leaner, meaner and best of all... Cheaper!

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