The worldwide economic recession has affected every industry including IT. As you can learn from the last month’s news, every major manufacturer has cut its staff and lost profits. The situation being that serious, not only manufacturers but also end-users like you and me have to cut ones’ costs. In this article I will suggest you a way to save on your graphics card, which is an indispensable component of every computer, and even try to win in terms of performance. Here’s the idea: a Radeon HD 4830 can now be bought in retail for slightly over $100 whereas a Radeon HD 4870 1024MB will cost you about $230 or more. Easy to see, there is a difference of $120 between the retail prices of Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4830. In other words, one HD 4870 costs as much as two HD 4830 cards (and you will even have some change to keep). And as you perhaps know, two Radeon HD 4830 can be joined together using CrossFireX technology and increase your computer’s performance in games. Or you can save on your graphics card today and buy a cheap Radeon HD 4830 and then buy one more such card after a while for even less money (due to inevitable price reduction). It would be more profitable than if you sell (or throw away) you existing card to replace it with a faster one.
The solution is economical indeed, but of course, we should not forget about the mainboard. You need a mainboard with two PCI Express slots (based on the Intel P45 chipset with 8x + 8x slots at least) to build a CrossFireX subsystem, but such mainboards are quite inexpensive nowadays, so this shouldn’t be a problem. But will a Radeon HD 4830 tandem be faster than a single Radeon HD 4870? I will try to answer the question in this review by benchmarking two Radeon HD 4830 512MB cards in comparison with a single Radeon HD 4870 1024MB. The cards are all provided by Hightech Information System (HIS). We have already tested the HIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo in our labs, so I will start out by describing the HIS Radeon HD 4830.