Powercolor HD3850 Extreme PCS - AMD 3850 Performance explored
Published: 15th November 2007 | Source: Powercolor | Price: £135 |
The graphics card market is a fast moving place and after our last review of the XFX 8800 GT that did rather well it was inevitable that we would be seeing another card come out in the marketplace.
This time it's ATI's turn to come out with a new chip..and we've got our hands on the Powercolor HD3870. In my opinion the mid-high range has suffered a little lately with some bad and some ok offerings. Will ATI's latest card be the one to pick? Read on fellow enthusiasts...
With the limited information we've had available to us on this GPU, I thought I'd start with
Lets not forget that the Powercolor HD3850 is overclocked out of the box from 668Mhz on the core to 720MHz and the memory is increased from 828Mhz to 900MHz. None too shabby.
Now let's get onto the card in hand (none in the bush). Powercolor have gone the classic route of adding an attractive computer generated lay-dee on the front cover of their packaging, which is a little cliché, but there's still a fair amount of information. The box looks a little samey which is a shame but I don't think many of these will be sold on retail shelves...more e-tail.
Powercolor have always been a company that tend to keep their package fairly minimal. All of the hardware you'll need is, however, inside the box but I do not think you'll be finding a raft of software to use. This isn't always a bad thing as it tends to reduce costs.
* Quick Start Manual
* S-Video to component connector
* S-Video to composite connector
* Composite to composite connector
* DVI to VGA connector
* Internal Crossfire connector
Not shown is the driver CD which will obviously be included in the retail version.
It's all looking fairly good so far, let's go on to see what the card actually looks like.