Sapphire Launches Passive Cooled HD 3870
"Sapphire have launched a passively cooled 3870 called the HD 3870 ULTIMATE Edition"
Published: 28th March 2008 | Source: Sapphire |
Sapphire Technology, ATI's largest partner and manufacturer of alternative cooling solutions for graphics cards, has just launched a new ULTIMATE Edition version of the top of the range HD 3870.
The Sapphire HD 3870 ULTIMATE Edition has 512MB of GDDR4 memory, running at 1125MHz (2.25GHz effective) and has a core clock speed of 775MHz, delivering the same levels of performance as the standard model – but featuring a totally fanless and silent heatpipe cooler.
The Sapphire HD 3870 incorporates the latest ATI Avivo HD Technology for enhanced Video display and features a built in UVD (Unified Video decoder) for the hardware accelerated decoding of Blu-ray and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, reducing CPU loading to a minimum. The bundled HDMI adaptor delivers true HD audio and video output on a single cable for direct connection of an HDMI ready display.
All the new Sapphire HD 3800 series combine a unified shader architecture with support for Shader Model 4.1 and the DirectX 10.1 connected via the latest PCI-Express Gen 2.0 interface. The architecture shares the 320 stream processors and 512-bit internal ring bus memory controller of all the current high end models together with multiple rendering units and a programmable tessellation unit to deliver outstanding graphics performance.
Ok so the main selling point of this graphics card has to be its silent operation. We recently posted an article about the passively cooled 9600GT and the opinion seemed to be that people would be interested if a more powerful, silent option came along.
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