The new Radeon HD 5830 comes quoted on the USD 260-USD 270 range in the USA, and on this price range it competes directly with GeForce GTX 275, a model that is being phased out right now, leaving solutions based on this graphics processor from AMD virtually the only video card on this specific price range. Let’s see how Radeon HD 5830 compares to GeForce GTX 275 and whether or not this model from XFX is a good buy.

In the table below we compare the main specifications from the three video cards we included in our review. On NVIDIA graphics processors the shader units work at a higher clock rate from the rest of the chip, and this clock is the second clock under “core clock.” Even though the GeForce GTX 260 doesn’t compete directly with Radeon HD 5830, it is a pretty popular video card and we think readers would be interested in see a comparison between the two.

Video Card Core Clock Memory Clock (Real) Memory Clock (Effective) Memory Interface Memory Transfer Rate Memory Shaders DirectX
XFX Radeon HD 5830 800 MHz 1 GHz 4 GHz 256-bit 128 GB/s 1 GB GDDR5 1,120 11
Palit GeForce GTX 275 633 MHz / 1,404 MHz 1.134 GHz 2.268 GHz 448-bit 127 GB/s 896 MB GDDR3 240 10
GeForce GTX 260/216 576 MHz / 1,242 MHz 1 GHz 2 GHz 448-bit 112 GB/s 896 MB GDDR3 216 10

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table and NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table tutorials.

Now let’s take a complete look at this model from XFX.


Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.