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SAPPHIRE 100228L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 320 Stream Processors
  • 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3
  • AGP 4X/8X
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/10/2014 7:11:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne of the Best AGP Cards

Pros: Was a great for its time. One of the best budget cards out there.

Cons: Although the power requirement was 450 watts, the recommended amperage was 30 amps on the +12V rail, which a lot of PSUs did not have at the time.

Other Thoughts: If you still have an AGP only motherboard, it may be a better value just to wait to get a new computer. This card barely meets the minimum requirements for a lot of games now in days unfortunately.

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  • Sean W.
  • 12/3/2013 10:54:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat 'lil card

Pros: The biggest "Pro" is that it is AGP. This card gave my single core machine a couple more years of life. I think I bought this card to replace an nVidia 6800GT.

The 6800GT was great for Doom3 and Half-Life 2 Episode 1, but it struggled with Episode 2. Once I popped the 3850 in there I was good to go.

If I recall, the AGP version was equally as fast as PCIe....if not a tad quicker.

Cons: For what it was, when every dropped AGP like a hot stone...None!!!

Other Thoughts: I only stopped using this card when the single core main CPU struggled with some of my son's CPU intensive games.

This is one card I'll probably always keep. A bit of a collectors item in my mind.

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  • Jon S.
  • 9/13/2013 2:31:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLast of the great AGP's

Pros: Still going strong after 4+ years!
Running games like Skyrim - FNV - Rift.
Of course not maxed out but hey thats alot to ask for a card this old.
The best legacy Video Card hands down!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Specs:
MSI Nforce3 NeoPlat Socket 939.
AMD Opteron 185.
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3850.
4gb OCZ Plat DDR.
500w Enermax PSU.
Zalman Heat dispersion.
Seagate 120gb.
Seagate 1tb.
Asus 24" Monitor.

I built this rig to run TES4 and ithas served me well.
She's had a good run and its time to upgrade to a whole new platform now that ESO is right around the corner.

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  • Audie M.
  • 5/29/2013 4:44:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card...

Pros: Fast & Stable.
No problems in 3+ years ownership.
Mine runs fine Over Clocked @ 709Mhz GPU Core & 739Mhz Memory Clock.

Cons: Power Hungry.
Must have 30 AMPS on 12V Rail to run FULL speed.

Other Thoughts: A must...
Download the latest "AGP Hotfix Driver" from AMD for the card to work correctly.

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  • Vladimir S.
  • 3/8/2011 1:43:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLegendary video card

Pros: Radeon 3850 HD - fastest AGP card to date (or ever?). Many thanks to Sapphire for releasing AGP version.

Runs latest games on high settings with decent framerate on my ancient 6 year old system.

Sapphire support has been great, they are still releasing hotfixed drivers for this AGP card as soon as new ATI Catalyst drivers are released.

I've had this card for almost 2 years now, and never had any problems.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/15/2010 2:12:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHD #*%) AGP...

Pros: Works, had problems with driver install but who did at first when these hit the streets...

Cons: driver cd at the time I got mine was useless

Other Thoughts: could have planed for the release of these cards and had a driver cd that was worth packing with the card.

bought my 3850 AGP beginning of 2009 so its been awhile since I had mine and its still working fine

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  • Brian M.
  • 2/9/2010 8:00:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful Upgrade

Pros: I needed an AGP 8X card that would play some of the 2006-2007 games in my LAN.
I'm excited to say Quake Wars, Unreal Tournament, Team Fortress 2 all run wonderfully. I could increase all the texture and detail settings to high and keep a fairly high resolution.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: It does require an 8 pin power connector, but did supply an adapter for two molex connectors. I am using a 450watt Enermax power supply and it works great.

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  • C A.
  • 2/9/2010 5:24:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat card for aging system

Pros: Nice card. A bit pricey for an AGP, but they all are now, aren't they? You'll love the 256 bit bandwidth over the newer 4000 series. Overclocks well with ATI Tray - it's Riva Tuner on steroids; got the core clock to 783 (from 668, changed the voltage) and the memory to 900 (from 828), and you can use profiles to clock when you play a game and unclock it when you close the game. Fan speed is controllable as well. Very cool!

Cons: Ordered it early morning Thursday, didn't get it until late afternoon Tuesday. It took 12 hours to get it from the warehouse to UPS? Come on newegg, that's pretty bad. Documentation was a joke, but if you know PC's, you can figure it out. Card IS a bit long, but I cleared everything in my mid case just fine. Be prepared to do some moving if you have a tight case, and don't even think about slugging this into a mini ATX case.

Other Thoughts: Had a minor issue with the TV out; apparently DVI port 2 and the TV out port are shared, which is not explained in any documentation. After about 2 hours of Googling (yep, it's a verb now), I found the answer, and all is well now. Didn't use the drivers on disc, but got the Catalyst 9.11 WHQL's from guru3d dot com; these seemed to be good for what I do. With a P4 3.00 OC'd to 3.47, and the ATI Tray program, I'm getting about 20-25 FPS in GTA IV, 1024x768 res, Med Textures and everything else on low. Not bad for a 5+ year old machine!

Make SURE you have an adequate power supply for this card: I got a 550wt BFG and luckily it came with a 6+2 PCIe connector, so all is well here. If you don't have the connector, a 2X4 pin molex adapter is included. Also comes with a VGA/DVI adapter and S-Video to component dongle. Heck, it even has a S-Video to composite plug! Nice deal all around, great for an old PC to become an HTPC!

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  • Alan M.
  • 2/4/2010 9:38:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I've had this for more than one year and it has not failed me yet. This card is able to play Crysis on medium/high graphic settings with my AsRock 4coreDual motherboard sporting an e7500 processor and 2 gigs of Ram at a resolution of 1440x900.

This being my first ATI video card, I was first worried about ATI Drivers and the Catalyst Control Center. But neither are bad at all once you figure the Catalyst Control Center out. That being said, I actually prefer the CCC when compairing it to Nvidia's driver utility, simply because the CCC provides a larger variety of options.

Cons: None that I can think of, ignoring the fact it's an AGP video card.

Other Thoughts: I've only used this on Windows XP. I have no clue how it fairs using Windows Vista or Windows 7 at that matter.

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  • Constantine V.
  • 2/3/2010 4:02:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFastest AGP Card available!

Pros: Despite being a 3000 series card when there are 4000 series AGP radeons available, this is the fastest one according to many benchmarking sites. I needed the upgrade to be able to play COD: Modern Warfare 2, my old X800 did not have shader 3.0, which is required.

Athlon 64 3500+
2 gigs of ram
Enermax 420w power supply

This card got me to playing with smooth frame-rates at 1024 x 768 and low detail settings. Absolutely awesome for such an old system.

Cons: You MUST plug in BOTH molex power connectors on the provided adapter to make this card work. I only had one plugged in on my first power up and the system only booted one time in 5 attempts. There are no instructions telling you to do so, and many people have had this issue not knowing it was a simple error.

Other Thoughts: Plug 2 molex connectors into the adapter, plug the adapter into the card, and install the latest drivers for it. Catalyst 10.1 has worked flawlessly for me thus far. Update your sound drivers if your system freezes in game. My cheap sound blaster Live was to blame. Updated the drivers and all problems vanished.

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