The card that we will be showing you today is the reference Radeon
HD 5830, which is a dual-slot graphics card that measures in at 11.1″
The back of the Radeon HD 5830 has a metal plate on it, so it is pretty bare and boring as you can see from the image above.
The Radeon HD 5830 does look pretty good for having the bulky
factory cooling solution on it, so it will be interesting to test and
see how well it really does cool. ATI CrossFire will be supported via
the two interconnects located on the top of the card. On the right
motherboard you will be able to run up to four of these graphics cards
The Radeon HD 5830 video card has a pair of dual-link DVI outputs
along with DisplayPort and HDMI outputs. All of the hot air from the
cooling fan exhausts out the small vent hole on the back of the card
and the little slots just in front of the CrossFire interconnects.
The ATI Radeon HD 5830 has two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors on it
and both are required for operation. A 500W or larger power supply is
recommended by AMD and a list of suggested power supply units can be
The air intakes on the end of the card don’t do too much from what
we have been told by the AMD engineers (less than 10% of the air
intake), but they do add some flare to the card. The only bad thing
about this is that the card sticks out more, which is why the length is
a hair over 11 inches!
The ATI Radeon HD 5830 measures just over 11.1″ in length, which
is the same length as the Radeon HD 5870. This makes it one of the largest video cards on the market today, and as you can tell from the image above it is
actually longer than the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 185 & 295. The
card sitting on the very bottom is the Radeon HD 4770, which measures
just 8.25″ in length.