And there she is, doing a good workout in our test-lab. Quite a pretty sight in the test system isn't it ? Let's have a look at the HIS version of exactly the same card.
HIS Radeon 3870 512MB GDDR4
Here's what to look for in the stores if you plan to buy a Radeon HD 3870 from the good folks at HIS. Nice design by the way. HIS recently changed that. Let's have a look what HIS is bundling with the Radeon HD 3870.
Once we open up the box we spot that the graphics card is bundled with the HIS regulars. Everything you need to get connected is basically in there.
HDTV Output cable
DVI to VGA Dongle x 2
DVI to HDMI Dongle x 1
Crossfire Cable x 1
Half-life 2 discount coupon
And obviously a HiS Radeon HD 3870. Let's have a closer look at the graphics card itself.
Honestly, it's a pretty kickass card with 64-bit (128-bit FP texture filter) HDR capability, improved HQ anisotropic filtering and even 8192x8192 HR texture support. The card itself is 100% the same as the reference design we just told you all about. Look and compare if needed. Except for the stickers, you will not spot a single difference. I'm actually glad not to see a big sticker on there as we now get a glimpse inside the cooler (said the true geek).
The card is running pretty hot, HIS is working on the new ICEQ version which should be released within weeks. The beauty of the dual-slot cooler is that the heat released by the graphics card is not enclosed in your PC chassis. Contrary to it, it's exhausted outside the PC.
And yes, as always a product photo of the card making a good sweat in our test systems. Observe that only one 6-pin power cinnector is implemented on the card. What a difference with the HD 2900 XT that is.
Let's have a peek at the HIS Radeon HD 3850 on the next page.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB review Today a test and review on the new AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB. Obviously ATI is releasing a 1GB model to compete with the new Core 216 version of that GeForce GTX 260. The 4870 series really diggs that GDDR5 memory bandwidth, and what's the cheapest thing to do to gain some extra performance ? Increase the framebuffer volume. Now that by itself is not going to work miracles, yet in memory limited situations (loads of high quality textures, filtering and AA modes) it will help you here and there. And a little bit of extra bite is all the product needs to get beat that Core 216 card again.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 4850 Crossfire A review with Crossfire results as well, on the all new Radeon HD 4850 from Force3D and PowerColor. Definitely a review worth reading.
AMD ATI Radeon 3850 & 3870 review Today AMD will launch the Radeon 3000 series products, in specifically the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870. I'll give you a quick hint, these cards are roughly as fast a Radeon HD 2900 XT .. yet they are priced a very promising level; how does a price range of 149 to 249 USD sound ? See, performance wise a 149 USD Radeon HD 3850 will wipe the floor with the entire competitors GeForce 8500/8600 series easily and the 3870 will put up a great fight with the 8800 GTS. With new releases often also we can see a couple of new tricks. Today's announced products will see light of in the form of DirectX 10.1 support, the new UVD (video de/encoding) engine is now integrated opposed to the 2900 XT which didn't have it. Full PCI-Express 2.0 support, and a die-size based on 55nm to die for.