Summary: I have an inexpensive system. It was scoring 24.8 with an inexpensive video card a pci slot. Lagging, glitching, and general slowness was the norm for it. After installing this card I scored 841.6. Major difference. Now no lagging, glitching or general slowness. The thing to remember is that a dedicated video card in the pci-e slot will take a huge load of the cpu. Granted this is an older card with no DirectX 11 support.
Summary: The Sapphire 3870 is a great video card,it really doesn't need to be overclocked to run well,I decided to buy it as an upgrade from my Sapphire 1650 pro.I am very impressed how well that it is able to make a great improvement in video editing.I am not a Gamer so I could not say how well it performs but I have read great reviews from gamers.The 512 of DDR4 that this Card has is super fast and the catalyst software works well with the card.
Summary: Yes, you could get a faster card. However, consider this. If you get two 3870's for around $120 and use them in a crossfire setup, the next faster setup with a single card will cost you $400! I'm talking about a savings of $280 over buying an ati 5870.
Summary: The Sapphire ATI Radeon 3870 HD is one of the best video cards in the market. You can play games that require a lot of performance. And the price is just perfect! With a minimun of a Core 2 Duo, 2GB of Memory and the ATI Radeon 3870, you can play any game you want.
Summary: there are 2 reversions to this card. 1 is a dual slot and the other is single slot. the dual slot version gets HOT! the heat get blown out the back were the pci bracket is. if the single slot version gets just as hot that 1 blows the heat in to your case and heats everything else up as well! so the dual slot card would be the better choice. drivers seem to be a lot more stable than what ATI used to be. works good in vista 64bit.
Sapphire Radeon HD 3870: 3870 Low price, High Spec
16 September 2008
Summary: A little outdated now thanks to the 4870, but with every cloud comes a silver lining and now the 3870 is down to about £70, down from the £160 I paid for mine the week after they came out. If you consider yourself an "elite" gamer this may not be the card for you, anyone who is looking for a massive increase in performance over your onboard card or an older ati/nvidia card, the HDMI adapter works amazingly if you are after an HD capable media centre PC and the low power...
Pros: Great for playing on lower res monitors (up to about 19")
Cons: struggles (only with crysis however) at higher resolutions