Reviews and Problems with Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 3870
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Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Toxic
5 July 2008
Conclusion: ATI/AMD is currently facing some stiff competition from Nvidia with their 9600 GT offering good mid-range performance and slightly undercutting the pricing on the 3870. We believe it is in their interest for AMD to knock down the price of the 3870 about $15 to give some added value. That said as far as the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Toxic this is easily one of the better 3870 cards we've seen.
Excerpt: When we're asked by readers for hardware advice, one of the most popular topics involves the graphics card. With a myriad of options out there covering the price and performance spectrum, it's not always a cut and dried answer. First, we need to consider the person's budget requirements, then assess the rest of their hardware to see what best fits their situation. It's not simply a matter of buying the most expensive card one can afford. We wish it were that...
Pros: Excellent Performance for Price, Great Image Quality, Solid Supporting Bundle with The Black Box Voucher, 512MB Frame Buffer, Single Slot Cooler
Conclusion: As I mentioned in our introduction, the Radeon HD 3870 Atomic has been my favourite Radeon HD 3870 board to work with thus far, and it should really go without saying that the Radeon HD 3870 Toxic also carries that accolade. While the factory overclocks on the Toxic are far less spectacular than we saw previously, the reason for this makes perfect sense in enabling Sapphire to create a board that can be mass-produced, and given the overclocks we managed to post with our...
Summary: Even though the Sapphire Vapor-X Cooling Technology is a nice feature I think the implementation of it could be better. Under load the fan is so noisy that you feel like throwing the card out of the system right after installation. Yes, the card runs quite cool but what does that help if you can't stand the noise. Another problem with the fan is that it tends to constantly change fan speed in short intervals making the noise even more obvious.
Pros: Single slot cooler, Overclocked out of the box, HDMI cable included, Low idle power consumption, HDMI+HDCP+Audio, PCI-Express 2.0 support, 3DMark full version included
Cons: Very noisy fan under load, Limited overclocking
Summary: At last ATI has made a comeback of noteworthy proportions with this new board. Our look at the Sapphire Radeon HD3870 X2 has left us impressed, even if we're a little concerned with the limitations of this hardware-doubling technique.
Pros: Twin-GPU Crossfire on a single PCB, good performance scaling over 2 GPUs
Cons: Seems to be an overly simple and ultimately limited solution to NVIDIA's monopoly
Excerpt: We reviewed Sapphire's Radeon HD 3850 in What's New, Shopper 241. This is its bigger brother, the 3870. On paper, the 3870's specifications are considerably better than the pricier Gigabyte GeForce 8800GT's. The 775MHz core speed, for example, is a lot faster than the 8800GT's 600MHz, while the 512MB of GDDR4 memory runs at a blistering 2.25GHz compared to 1.8GHz.
Conclusion: Aber nicht nur die Leistung, sondern auch
d er Preis ist mehr als entscheidend. D ie
Preiskampf Strategie von aMD/ATI hat schon bei der HD 387 0
Serie gut geklappt. Das Ziel dieses Modells ist nicht
nur die hohe Leistung, sondern auch der niedrige Preis. Derzeit bekommt man
eine 3870 X2 zwischen 330,- und 380,- Euro, je nach Marke und
Ausstattung. Das ist natürlich deutlich unter dem High-End-Modell von
Excerpt: Nach unserem Radeon HD3870 und 3870 Crossfire Bericht wollen wir euch Heute ein weiteres Produkt aus dem Hause ATI/AMD vorstellen, die Sapphire Radeon HD3870 X2 . Diese Grafikkarte ist nichts anderes als die Bauteile von zwei Radeon 3870 Karten, die sich aber auf einer Platine befinden. somit spart man sich einen 2. Steckplatz, wenn man die Power von 2 Karten genießen will.