Radeon HD 5830 cards found in the wild

Although the rumor mill doesn't forecast the arrival of AMD's Radeon HD 5830 until March, it was only a matter of time before e-tailers started listing the unannounced graphics card early. Fudzilla claims to have found such a listing in Europe, and it gleaned some specifications as well as a price tag: €215. That's a little bit cheaper than the Radeon HD 5850, which typically costs upward of €260 in the European mainland.

According to Fudzilla, the still-unannounced 5830 packs 1280 stream processors and can crank out 60 texels per clock, down from 1440 SPs and 72 texels/clock on the 5850. However, the 5830 reportedly has a higher core clock speed (750MHz, up from 725MHz) and the same 1GB of GDDR5 at 4Gbps. Display outputs include the usual array of two DVI ports, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI.

Fudzilla is keeping the name of the e-tailer under wraps, but a search on European price search engine Geizhals reveals several 5830 cards selling for around €240 and up in the mainland. Geizhals quotes almost the same specs as Fudzilla, but it mentions an 800MHz core clock speed, not 750MHz.

If Radeon HD 5830 cards do start selling in the neighborhood of €215-240 next month, they'll be about 8-17% cheaper than 5850s. Carrying the same price relationship over to the other side of the Atlantic, where 5850 cards start at $289 or so, we get U.S. pricing of $239-266. That more or less corroborates the $239 figure we heard back in January.

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