Powercolor HD3850 Extreme PCS - AMD 3850 Performance explored

Synthetic Benchmarks - 3DMark

Benchmarking - 3DMark

I used the popular gaming benchmarks made by Futuremark to bench all of the cards. I used 3dMark 03, 05 and 06. I ran all benchmarks from the stock settings as well as at 1920 x 1200 (4 x AA).

3DMark 03

First we start with 3DMark03. This is a benchmark that relies heavily on DirectX 8 features. This will give an indication of how the card will run on games that rely on DX 8.

Here the HD3850 didn't fare so well in the 3DMark stakes compared to the higher end cards. It still puts out an acceptable performance though.


I ran 3dMark05. This benchmark requires some more features of DirectX 9 and gets slightly more taxing on the cards.


Again the Powercolor HD3850 just doesn't manage to keep up with the more expensive cards in 3DMark05.


3dMark06 is the latest in the benchmarking tests from Futuremark. It has a lot of DirectX 9.0c features such as HDR and use of Shader model 3.0. This benchmark is very taxing for the cards and also includes quite a harsh CPU benchmark. Seeing as this was run with the exact same CPU this was not an issue. This is the latest Futuremark benchmark and so carries a bit more weight for modern games than the previous two.

Surprisingly here the score for the HD3850 suffers even more than in the previous two benchmarks. It seems that the DX9.0c performance in the Futuremark suite isn't quite the HD3850's forté.
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Most Recent Comments

15-11-2007, 01:20:25

Well it's release day and the day most of you have...well, not really known too much about I suppose!


Click for more

Digg it!Quote

15-11-2007, 01:55:56

Nice review Kemp. Performance was a little underwhelming but it all depends on the price point really. I think on the first page hard should be harm.Quote

15-11-2007, 12:12:17

Cheers mate. Performance was pretty damn good if you ask me, £135 for a card that nearly performs as well as an 8800GT?Quote

15-11-2007, 12:17:11

Nice review there, I really thought I would have to be canceling my 8800gt order! But not quite. I've never had an Ati card, but I take it the price will be around £130 and up for pre oc'ed cards. Is the powercolor a reasonably middle of the road brand for Ati?

The cooler looks pretty decent, found a link to manufactures of them:


Nice one Quote

15-11-2007, 12:25:29

looks awsome

performs medeocre - reasonable

not bad i guess Quote

15-11-2007, 12:47:35

ATI are back in the game, well sort of. I wonder when places will get them in stock.Quote

15-11-2007, 12:56:49

For a stock clocked 8800gt you can get it for 250 at zipzoomfly.com right now its out of stock but if anything its less. I do love the fact that ati is cutting down on power consumtion and higher temps.Quote

15-11-2007, 13:09:07

Mr. Smith
Review a 3870? CF?

Review was decent though Quote

15-11-2007, 15:03:34

Yep they will be forthcoming, didn't get a 3870 initially but I'll be sure to get one in soon

For £139 in the UK and $140 in the US it's a bargain card that performs almost as well as an 8800GT.Quote

15-11-2007, 19:15:33

Mr. Smith
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Yep they will be forthcoming, didn't get a 3870 initially but I'll be sure to get one in soon

For £139 in the UK and $140 in the US it's a bargain card that performs almost as well as an 8800GT.
Sweet, thinking of CF 3870 (oh Rast, where are you?)

I love the direct conversion from $ to £... Import ftw!Quote

23-01-2008, 09:35:35

Tried not to bump too old a thread, but I`ve just noticed that PowerColor/Radeon/Sapphire are making an AGP 8x of the 3850.

Interesting for those holding onto 939 boards with their teeth.

Gotta get some decent results from that.Quote

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