Powercolor HD3850 Extreme PCS - AMD 3850 Performance explored
Published: 15th November 2007 | Source: Powercolor | Price: £135 |Overclocking
Overclocking on the Powercolor HD3850 was performed using the excellent RivaTuner v2.06. A test run of 3DMark06 was performed after the overclock to verify stability and also if the OC was worth the time.
Note that no hard or soft mods were performed on the card apart from setting the higher clocks.
Here's what happened:
Not a bad overclock of .786/1982. I expect given time and some more mature driver that this card is capable of more as the cooler certainly keeps the card chilly.
A small rise in the 3DMark score shows that the overclock was worth it!
To get the power consumption of the cards listed I booted the PC with a GPU that takes up a negligible amount of power and recorded the power draw at the plug. I then compared this to the output of the exact same system with each card in turn at idle and full 100% load using RTHDRIBL.
Whilst this is not 100% accurate, it's a good measure of system power consumption.
As we can see, the Powercolor HD3850 is very good on power consumption, easily lower than the power hungry 8800GTX and not doing too badly compared to the 8600GT, beating it at peak load power consumption.