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.
Excerpt: "A very, very good graphics card. I have made numerous computers in the past and it was never really that hard choosing which graphics card to go for, there was one that would fit my budget and give good performace. However with the recent introduction of the (cards decending in price and performance, highest to lowest) nVidia 8800gts, nVidia 8800gt, ATI 3870 and ATI 3850, there are so many cards that are targeted at the midrange. And now nVidia has ...
Pros: Plays all current games at max quality (except crysis)
Cons: New 4870 is coming out in june, if you can wait for that