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PowerColor AX3850 256MD3-H Radeon HD 3850 256MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 320 Stream Processors
  • 256MB 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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  • Zachary S.
  • 2/2/2008 1:58:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSatifactory

Pros: This card handled just how i wanted, not the most powerful kick, but still a great deal for a great card.
It runs smooth as silk and i couldn't be happier.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Buy it, you will be impressed. Who could go wrong with that wicked samurai!

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  • Orion H.
  • 1/10/2008 9:50:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: Works perfectly on 32-bit Vista. Am able to play FSX 10 with the settings cranked up high. No driver issues, good image quality. Avivo video encoding times are great though it could do with more options.

Cons: None.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 1/10/2008 9:57:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFAN ONLY RUNS AT 30%!!!

Pros: Great card, installed without a hitch, can run games like half-life II and it's episodes with full settings and x2 AA without problems in crossfire mode, love these cards!

Cons: THE FAN ONLY RUNS AT 30%!!! The GPU temp will go to 90 degrees C under full load unless you get something like ******** (newegg won't let me list the program name) and manually set the fan higher (I recommend between 60% and 70% for good cooling without whiny fan noises). With the fan on these speeds, the cards in my computer stay will under 60 degrees, 55 if the room is cold. Other than this, I find no problems with the card.

Other Thoughts: I could solve the problem myself, and the guy I talked to when I called ATI swore to me that 90 degrees was just fine for this card, but if you want to be sure you're not overheating the card, just set the fan to do what it's supposed to do: cool the card to reasonable levels...

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  • michael m.
  • 12/30/2007 12:13:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggshey

Pros: Runs every game I got on high, at 1680`1050 runs crisis on med with some on high.

Cons: I got this because it was the only one left, of course they now have the 512,for alittle more. It never ends....

Other Thoughts: great card for the money.

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  • Craig B.
  • 12/26/2007 12:44:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: fast, plays crysis at medium settings just fine especially with overclocking.

Cons: only 256mg RAM, cooling system is a lil run of the mill. Auto-tune for the Catalyst driver overclocked it too much....it ran fine in desktop but when I went into BF2 it locked up.

Other Thoughts: Was able to overclock the board easily. I dont recommend going above 760 for the GPU and 980-984 on the memory (default is 669 gpu and 829 memory). Idle temp without overclocking was 51C...with overclocking it was like 52C idle.

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  • Casey B.
  • 12/23/2007 12:11:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the $$$

Pros: Fast, comes with all cables needed, very quiet card,

Cons: The card was bigger then i thought. I had to move my hard drive to get it to fit. Fan seems to spin very, very, slow and it has even stopped once(idk if its sup post to do that but it keeps under 80c when in game and idles at 40c)but it does start to spin faster in game.

Other Thoughts: worth ever $ I'm waiting for a water block to come out for it!!!!

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  • Barry S.
  • 12/22/2007 9:04:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: HDMI with onboard 5.1 sound
Fast enough to run Crysis respectfully
Quiet

Cons: Only 256mb.. but it still performs great.
Sound not fully HDMI 1.3 compliant.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card because the 512mb versions were all sold out. The HDMI w/sound gives this card a rare spot as the HTPC gamers card.

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  • Theodore P.
  • 12/22/2007 2:45:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerColor HD3850

Pros: Excellent card for the price.ATI quality.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: This is my secondary card, my primary card is 8800GT, tested this one with Crysis demo overclocked it with ATI overdrive to Core 700Mhz memory 1700Mhz uder WinXP - 1024x768 All settings on high->34FPS;Under Vista Core 720MHz memory 1800 - 1024x768 ->27FPS with little flickering on the textures, but runs stable. Drivers Catalyst 7.12 on Intel E6600,4GB super talent DDR2 667,Ultra Xfinity 600W power supply, Power Color HD3850.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/21/2007 11:48:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty Nice

Pros: Runs Crysis noticably better than my 7900GS. The fact that it can handle Crysis in the first place says that it's a decent card

Cons: Fan is pretty loud when it first starts up, but calms down in a few seconds.

Other Thoughts: I didn't overclock the card, but I've heard that it does pretty well.

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  • Curtis B.
  • 12/18/2007 12:10:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Card at a good price

Pros: Great card, worked well right out of the box, the updated drivers were easy to find on ATI's site. Runs Vanguard very well on one step above balance.

Cons: Runs a bit hot 60-80C under prolonged load. If you run it for a while make sure to take a look at the decal on the heatsink itself, mine started to peel up from the heat. Also have been having some problems with crossfire on the 2 I ordered. The problems started after I attempted to let the overdrive auto tune the cards.

Other Thoughts: Great cards for the money overall. I couldn't bring myself to give it a 5 due to the cons listed above but if you are looking for a good card at a great price you can't beat this.

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