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SAPPHIRE 100234L Radeon HD 3450 512MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 40 Stream Processors
  • 512MB 64-Bit GDDR2
  • 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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  • Garett N.
  • 6/22/2008 9:59:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSAPPHIRE 100234L

Pros: Stable, fast, easy to install.

Display comes up very quickly and no more "sparkle" graphics compared to onboard w/AMD 780G.

Cons: CrossFire doesn't work w/XP x64 OS, latest catalyst drivers, latest BIOS on my Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H.

Other Thoughts: Onboard video on my AMD 780G was taking forever to recover after suspend/hibernate and showed "sparkling" on the screen, so got this to break my dependence, get the extra 512MB video RAM, and try out crossfire.

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  • Michael O.
  • 5/12/2008 5:02:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSaphire 100234L 3450

Pros: Card was relatively cheap, 512MB Xfire supported.

Cons: Not really much of a graphix processor. would prefer low profile card. Hybrid reduces memory back on card.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a 256MB card that did not list as supporting crossfire. well it turns out the MB was wrong, the performance was F'd up the hybrid was worse than card solo. Now the MB has a bios that fixed the issue, kind of. It still does not perfrom well and the hybrid only recognizes 256 mem (system has 4GB in it). So i think i should have kept my old card and been patient.
This is not my gamer so gaming performance is no big deal its most for a HTPC to sit next to gamer to watch TV and movies on while i game, and in this respet the card works just fine.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2008 9:26:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat DXVA card

Pros: Wanted to take advantage of Hybrid Crossfire with my AMD 780G mobo, card was easy to install and easy to setup crossfire. I get 100% hardware acceleration for HD DVD and Blu Ray movies with my system as well as good acceleration for some of the video games I play on my bigscreen.

Cons: none so far.

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  • Jeff E.
  • 4/17/2008 11:00:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst hardware ever

Pros: cheap, good low budget specs

Cons: crashes system a couple of times a day (generic driver not responding)

Other Thoughts: I have built all my system for the last 12/13 years and this card wins the worst pice of hardware ever award. Utter junk... yes the case is well ventilated

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  • Bryan M.
  • 4/13/2008 8:25:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap for 512MB ram. Works excellent for what it is meant to do (hd/bd viewing). Cant get any less quiter than fanless.

Cons: Seems to run hot. Not really meant for 3D gaming

Other Thoughts: I have this card in a htpc that runs mame, pwdvd (hd/bd playing), and karaoke. Card can handle everything perfectly, cpu util sits between 10-15%. Core2 Duo E6750, 4GB Ram, Vista64.
Even though I never encountered lockups because of the heat, I make sure my system is well ventilated (i use 3 x 120mm fans to help keep noise down)

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  • Jeff E.
  • 4/9/2008 7:05:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsheat fix

Pros: cheap, standard 3d video card (not for gaming though)

Cons: Heat, as it turns out with some quality controll heat should not be as huge an issue but a card should not make it to the consumers hands that is going to lock up the system.

Other Thoughts: I posted about it being 70+C and I did a little modification to get it running 10C cooler and for me this makes the card usable (no system lockups). I removed the heat sync and cleaned off the ridiculous amount of thermal grease. I stretched out the springs applying pressure to the heat sync as they were weak… applied a very small amount of good thermal grease and re attached the heat sync… Results in 10c cooler. While I am no expert if my 3850 fanless is ideling at haf the temp of the 3400 something is wrong.. so far it has been fine after the fix.

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  • Jeff E.
  • 4/8/2008 5:27:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fanless, media processing

Cons: runs at 70C in my case under no load.... (my 3850 fanless in the same case @ the same time runs at 35C for a comparison....) The heat is causing generic windows display driver not resonding issues.. unless you are running it inside a refrigerator do not buy...

Other Thoughts: dam hot.....

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  • Wayne T.
  • 4/1/2008 8:51:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsOverheated quickly

Pros: Fanless

Cons: Overheated and would freeze up my computer. Switched out graphics cards and haven't had problems.

Other Thoughts: Updating my score for Windows Experience Index rated this card at 4.0, whereas I installed Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 2600 and it rated a 4.7 for Graphics and 4.9 for Gaming Graphics. Clearly not as good as advertised.

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  • James S.
  • 3/27/2008 10:27:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for HTPC

Pros: Great card for the money, if you want to do blu-ray playback on your box this is the way to go. Do not go with the 2xxx series of this card. Theres an issue that if you play a movie at non-standard HD Resolution 720p/1080i or 1080p ALL decoding will be redirected back to the CPU so a resolution of 1366x768 will redirect all BluRay decoding back to your CPU. The 3xxx series fixes this issue.. GREAT CARD!

Cons: No DVI to HDMI adapter, but thats about the only issue I had.

Other Thoughts: I'm now able to play bluray movies with this: P4-D 641 (3.2ghz HT), ECS 945GCT-M/1333 Mainboard, WinTec 2GB DC DDR2-667, Lite-On SATA Blu-Ray DH-401S-11 Rom. And it plays at 1080p on a 50" Vizio Plasma over VGA with only 25-30% cpu usage. BTW NEWEGG ROCKS!

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  • Benson W.
  • 3/13/2008 10:04:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood for what it is

Pros: Silent. HDMI audio output via correct Sapphire HDMI-DVI adapter.

Cons: Not that fast (as expected). Windows Vista Video score is only 4. HDMI audio can only be output to "ONE" DVI adapter.

Other Thoughts: People with the thought to get an ATI card for HTPC has to be aware. ATI Radeon HD 3000 series (3400, 3600, 3800) has build-in audio chip so your audio can be output via HDMI without any internal cable. You need the correct HDMI-DVI adapter (gray color one from Sapphire). But the audio chip is only connected to ONE DVI out. So you only have audio to one device.
ATI Catalyst Control Center (driver) version is absolutely necessary for this card. It fixed many many issues with this card.

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