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.
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.
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.
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
Excerpt: Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Atomic Manufacturer: Sapphire UK Price (as reviewed): £188.02 (inc. VAT) US Price (as reviewed): $299.99 (ex. Tax) Core Clock: 825MHz Memory Clock: 2400MHz Warranty: Two years (parts and labour) RV670 was a sign of change at AMD/ATI—change for the better—after a slew of...
Excerpt: Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Manufacturer: Sapphire UK Price (as reviewed): £139.98 (inc. VAT) US Price (as reviewed): $239.95 (ex. Tax) Core Clock: 775MHz Memory Clock: 2.25GHz Warranty: Two years (parts and labour) Just the other week, we had a rather in-depth look at AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 3870...
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
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.