Today I have the honor of welcoming ThinkComputers.org’s newest sponsor, MSI. Micro Star International, better known as MSI, is one of the largest PC component manufacturers in the world, being one of the five largest motherboard and server manufacturers, and the #1 video card manufacturer for four years running. MSI is a partner of both nVidia and ATI, building full lines of both geForce and Radeon cards. Besides motherboards, servers, and video cards, MSI builds notebook PCs, barebones PCs, wireless networking and Bluetooth products, industrial mainboards and computers, multimedia products such as PCI TV Tuners, and various consumer electronics products like MP3 players and digital photo frames. MSI has a reputation for quality, and I look forward to bringing you their high-quality products in the future.
Today I will be looking at MSI’s version of the Radeon HD 4830, the R4830-T2D512 OC. The HD 4830 is ATI’s last new product of 2008, and I suppose the last new card in the Radeon 4000 series. Read on to see what MSI has done with the HD 4830, with a factory overclock and heavy duty power supply with solid state chokes, this card is far from the reference version.
I should mention that besides this being TC’s first MSI sponsored review, this will also be my first MSI product. I really don’t know why, MSI has been a consideration with every video card purchase I have made, for whatever reason I ended up with a different brand.
Model: R4830-T2D512 OC
Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x16
GPU: Radeon HD 4830
Core clock: 585MHz
Stream Processors: 640 Stream Processing Units
Memory Clock: 1800MHz
Memory Size: 512MB
Memory Interface: 256-bit
Memory Type: GDDR3
DirectX: DirectX 10.1
OpenGL: OpenGL 2.1
Ports: 2 x DVI, 1 x HDTV / S-Video Out
RAMDAC: 400 MHz
Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600
Dual-Link DVI Supported
The R4830 comes in an attractive box with MSI’s orkish looking mascot on the front. There is a generous smattering of features front and back, along with system requirements.
As this is my first MSI video card, I don’t know if the box interior is typical MSI or not, but I like it. The card is nestled in a thick foam compartment, the bundle is in its own separate compartment, and all is covered by a clear plastic shell. The card itself in inside of a high-quality static-free sleeve.