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While this is not current technology, it was a good match for an older, "2nd tier" gaming system that I needed an inexpensive video card for. Drawing only about 110W peak, I didn't need to upgrade the existing PSU. Uses current AMD drivers. Heatsink on VRMs, and "solid" polymer capacitors. Fan is barely audible.

Runs Fallout 3 & Fallout:New Vegas VERY smoothly at near-max details, at 1440 X 900, which is just what I was looking for. Not bad at this price-point, and, yes, I would buy it again.


Only a con *if* you have your heart set on the pictured heatsink and fan. Mine had the shroud and blower arrangement that exhausts through the rear of the card. Massive copper heatsink with two heat pipes, and heatsink contacts RAM, a plus. (See the VisionTek HD3850 for visuals.) Personally, I prefer this design.

Because this GPU is based on 55nm technology, probably not a great choice if you have a small, cramped case, and/or marginal air-flow.

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NOTE: Cards are *not* described accurately.

This is not Newegg's fault; the cartons are incorrectly labeled by VisionTek as using "DDR3" memory, when, in fact, like any proper HD3870, they are equipped with DDR4 RAM. Clocks are 800MHz core, 1170MHz (2340MHz effective) memory. This represents a slight overclock from the reference 775/1125MHz speeds, but this is normal for the VisionTek HD3870.

Card is 9-1/8" long. (23cm.) Peak observed temperature under load: 72° C. Disc contains AMD Catalyst 11.11 drivers, (Nov. 2011), which will work just fine.

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