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SAPPHIRE Ultimate Edition 100226U Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 320 Stream Processors
  • 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • John M.
  • 9/7/2008 11:41:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig silent type

Pros: Low power, quiet, dual-head DVI outputs, HDMI output, works with Linux

Cons: Big, but I have plenty of room

Other Thoughts: I am using this card in a non-gaming Linux workstation, where dual-head display, noise and power consumption are most important. And 3D is there if I need it.

Like everyone says, this card is big, but it fit fine on my GigaByte EP35-DS3R motherboard in my Antec Solo case.

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  • Anthony S.
  • 7/4/2008 4:53:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsbad design???

Pros: quiet, of course. installed easily. adaptors to go hdmi or vga.

Cons: to my knowledge every motherboard has the memory in a similar spot. the passive cooler on this card is on the left side of the card. i do not see it fitting in the primary pci spot of any board. if you do not plan on running dual boards and/or you don't mind the card being on the secondary pci mount, you should be fine.

Other Thoughts: the board is long but fits fine on an atx board.

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  • adam k.
  • 6/24/2008 10:32:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsit REALLY doesn't fit

Pros: Looks super.

Cons: I didn't believe the other reviews..... I bought this card because the heat sink was on the opposite side. It didn't fit any of the shuttle cases we have in the office.

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  • Patrick W.
  • 6/20/2008 6:04:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice card

Pros: This is a very nice card... It is fast and powerful. A world of difference compared to the HIS 3650 silent card that I have. Vista x64 SP1 rates this card at 5.9 (highest) on both counts. Photoshop is snappier, as well as general desktop performance. And, it is completely silent :) which we love. The passive cooler on this card seems to work really well, tho of course airflow inside your case is very helpful. Finally got a Sapphire!

Cons: You look at the pictures and think "Nah, this card isn't that big", and then you open the box and grab it and find... it is HUGE! But even tho it is big, it didn't hit my memory slots (barely) on my new Biostar T-Power i45 board. The card is actually 9.5 inches (24.1 centimeters) long; then, you have to plug the pci-e power plug in the back, making it stick out a little further there.

Other Thoughts: Seemed my previous card, the HIS 3650, was bottlenecking my desktop performance in my new system (I only had it in there for a day while waiting on this card), and it also would never be recognized at pci-e 16x mode, and instead was always at 8x mode (I don't think this makes a difference tho).
By the way, there is also a Sapphire 3870 Silent being made available right now (check Sapphire site), tho atm Newegg doesn't have it yet. I looked over the specs but they're almost the same; only gamers may tell the difference in performance there maybe.
--Biostar TPower i45, Intel E8500, 8gb ddr2 G.Skill RAM, WD 640gb SataII HDD, Sapphire Radeon 3850 Silent, etc.

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  • Ben B.
  • 6/18/2008 1:24:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCrossfireX

Pros: Good performance for what you pay. Heatsink is a nice feature to add if you either:
1. want a silent case
2. dont want to add to your case noise

Cons: The heatsink BARELY fit over my northbridge on my DFI DK x48 Motherboard. This might be a hazard if your NB is already running hot and without a 40mm highspeed fan. Fortunately, mine has a fan.

Other Thoughts: I am using this in CrossfireX with a 3870x2 but since I did not want a spend the $ nor waist the extra space, I chose this card and I would cannot say that a better decision could have been made (accept with a 3870) CFX rocks! high 14k 3DMark 06 score.

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  • Jonathan P.
  • 5/21/2008 1:33:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

Pros: If you don't have a specific need for an Nvidia card, and you want no fan, this is about as good as it gets. Excellent performance, no noise, and limited power draw. I'm very pleased with the card and would definitely suggest it if you're looking for quiet and solid. It doesn't get that hot even without lots of case cooling, and no fan means no fan to break and burn out your card.

Cons: You pay a premium for no fan, you can get faster cards for the same or less money, with fan. Still some issues with Anarchy online and potentially a few other games, these are with the card's family not this specific card, any of the 3xxx cards have the same issues and it's the games, not the cards. These are all older games which aren't fully compliant with newer standards.

Other Thoughts: It is a long card, and blocks your memory slots on most boards, but it fits in a lianli mid tower with standard height memory.

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  • Euton L.
  • 5/6/2008 11:48:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSilence

Pros: This card is great with my asus mb, can connect dvi to hdmi to plasma and get audio(pretty sure just stereo) through hdmi

Cons: its big and takes up an extra pci slot with the heat sink, make sure you have room

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  • Edward B.
  • 4/21/2008 12:27:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHuge Card

Pros: No Fan

Cons: HUGE Heat sink - interferes with memory on most boards - could interfere with cooling structures on chipset and processor.

Other Thoughts: I had to put the card in my secondary (x4) PCI-E slot - it interfered with memory in the primary.

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  • James W.
  • 4/14/2008 8:35:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I purchased this video card for my home PC with the goal of video editing and internet surfing. It's obviously quiet due to the heatsink. The heatsink functions fine and doesn't really get hot at all at idle. The card also throttles down when at idle which is a major reason I bought it.

Cons: The heatsink takes up one PCIE slot as well as a slot above and below it. I had to put it in the second PCIEx16 slot on my ASUS Rampage, otherwise it would interfere with the audio riser card. In this configuration I basically have one PCI and PCIEx16 slot open.

Other Thoughts: Drives for the card from ATI's website work fine under XP x64. No complaints.

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  • Jon T.
  • 3/21/2008 1:21:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: I use my computer to record music and do some video editing so it has to be quiet. I also like to play the latest games. This card is perfect for me. Silent and it has no problem with high graphics games.

Cons: It's big, but I didn't have a problem. Asus P5B Deluxe in a Antec Sonata case.

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