Powercolor HD3850 Extreme PCS - AMD 3850 Performance explored

Game Tests - UT3 Beta and Crysis Demo

UT3 Beta

UT3 runs on the Unreal 3 engine (really?? - Ed). Again it's a nice scalable engine and we played it in Vista using the DX10 setting. Remembering that UT3 is currently in the beta stage and so figures will not be final, let's see what the performance is like for UT3. UT3 was played at 1920 x 1200 with full settings in-game.

ut3 beta benchmark
The Powercolor HD3850 played the UT3 beta smoothly and it was a pleasure to play. The performance here was easily on par with the XFX 8800GT i rated highly in a previous review.

Crysis Beta

Crysis is also currently in beta stage so please be aware of this as you read the numbers. It is looking to be the game that really takes graphics forward and the only game coming out soon that fully utilises DirectX 10. DirectX 10 really looks like it is going to be taken to the next level with Crysis.

Note that Crysis was played at 1368 x 768 with details on "Very High" with 2 x AA, which was only very barely playable in DX10 for all the cards tested.

crysis benchmark

Crysis was the only game I felt that the HD3850 didn't fare so well at. The 8800GT barely limped along at an unplayable frame rate utilising the DX10 path on "Very high" settings and 2 x AA and the Powercolor HD3850 was actually unplayable.

Lowering the detail to "Medium" resulted in a much more playable game, but hell: it wouldn't be a benchmark if it wasn't tough would it?!
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Most Recent Comments

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

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