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DIAMOND Viper 3850PE3256SB Radeon HD 3850 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

  • 320 Stream Processors
  • 256MB 256-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Robert G.
  • 2/25/2008 10:23:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: This video card exceeds all expectations for onehundredthirty shipped. Came with a bunch of additional adapters and such, and was well packaged. Didn't use the drivers on the cd, just downloaded the driver straight from ATI. No Problem with two DVI monitors either. Also, FWIW, i hear that there is no appreciable differences between a HD3850 at 512MB vs 256MB. Google it if you don't believe me.

Cons: Card is a bit long, and comes close to covering up some of the IDE/SATA ports on a P5K mobo. No driver-level tuning in Riva tuner ... but that can't totally be blamed on Diamond/ATI. Riva tuner still has a long way to go to be friendly for the average enthusiast.

Other Thoughts: As below, Catalyst Control Center allows oc'ing the core to 770Mhz and memory to 1.117Ghz, which it'll run at. Riva Tuner will allow you to push it further through low-level tweaks, as well as set a fan profile. Haven't needed to push it further yet though. On a ASUS P5K mobo, with an OC'd E2180 (3.15Ghz) at 1.5 vcore, 4GB of Patriot DDR2-6400 RAM and this card (not SLI) was able to get 10365 3DMarks 06 in Vista Business x64. Probably further too, but since I don't need it I don't want to risk it.

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  • Brian S.
  • 2/24/2008 10:21:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGood at times but awful.

Pros: It works. It's cool temperature wise (idle), easy to install, fairly quiet, a good overclocker.

Cons: You can't control the fan on the card so it overheats constantly. ATI support for drivers and other things is awful. You are much better off buying a 9600 by NVidia.

Other Thoughts: when the card first came out ATI didn't support it and the drivers and tech support are abysmal. I'm never buying ATI again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/15/2008 10:22:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood card.

Pros: This video card has been very stable to me.

Cons: You should get the 512MB version of this card if possible. Being able to run games like Medieval 2:Total War with ultra high settings instead of high and lowered filtering settings stinks. Especially so since the card has the ability to process it fast enough if it were to have enough VRAM.

Other Thoughts: I have had an occasional artifact, which only lasts a few milliseconds, 3 times in 1 month of gaming with it. It does not worry me to much.

Besides this point the card runs a little warm but within specs. Besides this the fan is always running at maximum speed and does not return any info when GPUZ probes for the speed.

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  • William K.
  • 2/6/2008 8:38:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI See in Infer-Red

Pros: A 256 bit card that'll run CrossFire - and you don't have to sell one of your arms to afford it - sweet. I bought 2 cards to run a quad setup. After installing and making the necassary tuning tweaks - Perfect at high resolutions. No drag, no stutter. Doesn't run too hot - 50 - 52 degrees under a load - onboard cooling plus three 140mm fans cross draft the cards to keep 'em cool.

Cons: Only comes with one DVI-D to VGA adapter per card if you feel the need to run in analogue VGA.

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  • Jace R.
  • 2/3/2008 11:14:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: Just to clarify my previous review and add some info.
This card overclocks like mad! I was able to get the ram up to 1044 (up from 830) and the gpu went up to 770 (from 670) , and would go higher if ati drivers didn't limit it.

Cons: Fan speed controller seems a bit out of whack, it never turns the speed up even when the card nears 85-90c, but with a program such as ati tool i can just set the fan to 100% all the time and it never goes above 50c overclocked and under full load. So theres a pro in my con too! lol

Other Thoughts: Card didn't come with a molex to pci-e power adapter and I had to wait another week to build my system because of it :(

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  • Andrew R.
  • 1/25/2008 12:03:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Pretty speedy for the price, very quiet, and it stays reasonably cool (I usually don't see temps much above 50C).

Cons: I've had problems using this card in Vista with dual monitors. The driver often stops responding. I'm about 90% sure it is caused by the drivers, but ATI maintains its caused by general system instability. I find this difficult to believe since NVIDIA cards work fine with my system. In the meantime, I have to run a single monitor off the card to avoid the crashes.

Other Thoughts: Just so you know, this card does not come with a molex to PCI express power connector adapter. They're cheap, but hard to find locally. If you need one, order it off newegg with the card.

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  • Ryan A.
  • 1/23/2008 12:24:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat but not with 4 gb of ram

Pros: This card is great. I built a pc for a friend and with this card an AMD 64 x2 6000+ and 4 gb of g skill ram at 800mhz its so much faster then my laptop from alienware(Spec)-core 2 duo 1.83, 160 gb hhd, 2gb ddr2 667 Ram, with an ATI 1800 GPU.

Cons: I cant get the crad to be stable with 4 gb of ram in. I have used ATI divers 7.10, 7.11 ,7.12 ,and now the new 8.1 and windows vista HP 64 bit keeps crashing and recovering. I get lots of artifacts and the pc becomes unusable.

Other Thoughts: With the 2 2gb sticks in it wont work. Take 1 out and all is fine. The ram is fine because i have used both sticks alone but the ATI diver keeps crashing. Vista sees all 4gbs of ram and runs. But the 1st hint of anything 3d the driver fails. Over all this is a great card... just not with 4gb of ram.

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  • Jace R.
  • 1/23/2008 9:01:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest. Card. Ever.

Pros: I just upgraded from a Radeon X800 XL 256 AGP to this and I was blon away, every game looks better and runs at least twice as fast.
This runs Bioshock at full settings perfectly and looks awesome :)
The only game that makes this slow down is Unreal 3 at max settings, and of course Crysis.
But on medium graphics it is still very playable.
And ATI FINALLY added color vibrance (digital vibrance for you nvidia lovers) so I can now have obscenely bright colors on my old CRT :)

Cons: Card seems to get a little hot, but with a fan control program i can turn its normally silent fan into a little jet engine and the temp drops to near room temp... so not really a con, just an annoyance.

Other Thoughts: System Specs:
AMD Athlon64 X2 4000+ (2.1Ghz)
(this video card of course)
2GB A-Data DDR2 800 ram
550W PSU

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  • Chris T.
  • 1/23/2008 8:53:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card, some minor issues

Pros: Excellent performance when used in a Crossfire setup. 3DMark06 score of 11,400 puts my system in the top 10% of all systems. The cost is relatively low for what you get. It's definitely the most bang for the buck. This card is certainly good enough for most gaming.

Cons: Software that shipped with the card(s) from Diamond was not up-to-date. Thanks to PCMark06 for giving me a heads up. It was simple to go to the ATI website and install the updated software. Card is also very long.

Another fairly serious issue is temperature. For some reason the cooling fan for the GPU does not adjust to account for load. At the default fan speed and clock settings, the GPU can get to 90C or higher when benchmarking. ATI says the card can withstand nearly 110C, but both these temperatures are ridiculous as it makes my entire case, CPU, hard drives, and motherboard significantly hotter. If you plan on overclocking the card, or even if you don't plan to, I would recommend trying Riva Tuner from guru3d.com. You can use this program to set the fan speed for the card above the default speed, which is too low. I set mine to run at a constant 60% and even with overclocking of 729/1029 MHz the card never gets above 65C and is a cool 35C idle.

Other Thoughts: Once I got the updated software installed, and the heat issue resolved, I am very pleased with this card and it works well in my system. ATI needs to address the fan and cooling issue with their own software. Even if they say their card can take 100-110C temps, my CPU, motherboard, and hard drives can't. Nothing in a case should get hot enough to fry an egg on.

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  • Ian L.
  • 1/17/2008 7:44:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value!

Pros: Great value for a mid-range gaming PC. Low noise factor.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I should've waited a week or two for the rebates and bought the 512MB version.

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