This is where we land at the HIS Radeon 3850 256MB. Now believe it or not, you can purchase this card for roughly 150 USD/EUR and to be honest here; it's really not "that" much slower than the 3870. Quite honestly, this is the kick-ass product that will fight directly with NVIDIA's GeForce 8600 series of cards, seriously it will eat these green cards alive. This is just a LOT of performance for that money. But hey, if you do not believe me... have a peek at our benchmarks later on okay ?
The card itself is based on the reference design and is clocked at a default 670 MHz on the core frequency and 1650 MHz (effective) on it's gDDR3 memory.
As stated DVI connectors, both again dual-link DVI of course, yet in the middle see the find a 7-pin HDTV-out mini-din, a user can plug an S-video cable directly into the connector, or use a dongle for YPrPb (component) or composite outputs, or use the 3-way RCA HDTV analog connector.
At the back of the card we again see a 6-pin power connector. Don't forget to hook it up it your PSU. Tis a pretty looking card isn't it ?
The 3850 has two Crossfire connectors. So CrossfireX comes to mind. For 600 bucks you could hook up four of these and have a pretty interesting 1712 GigaFLOPS experience. Think about that for a moment.
Okay did the moment pass ? Good, let's continue... All HIS cards are bundled pretty much the same these days. You receive everything you need to get connected. I love it that the HDMI dongle is included even with these 150 USD based cards, that's value and commitment. The way it should be done. But this is HIS, they always have this stuff right.
HDTV Output cable
DVI to VGA Dongle x 2
DVI to HDMI Dongle x 1
Crossfire Cable x 1
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So yes, I think the HIS Radeon HD 3850 is a pretty sexy card to look at. Not only to look at though, it will offer you a massive amount of performance for the money as we'll show you in this article. But we have one more Radeon HD 3850 card to be tested today. Let's move towards the next page and see what TUL has to offer.
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.