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Discussion in 'Industry News' started by Guest-16, 19 Feb 2008.

  1. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest


    SAPPHIRE Technology, industry leader in graphics upgrades for the PC, has just launched a new version of its successful HD 3850 with enhanced memory configuration of 1GB.

    The new SAPPHIRE HD 3850 has 1GB of GDDR3 memory, running at 829MHz (1.66GHz effective). It has a core clock speed of 703MHz, higher than the standard model, which together with the large onboard memory delivers exciting levels of graphics performance especially in games or applications where large volumes of texture or data are involved.

    The SAPPHIRE HD 3850 series incorporates the latest ATI Avivo™ HD Technology for enhanced Video display and features a built in UVD (Unified Video decoder) for the hardware accelerated decoding of Blu-ray™ and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, reducing CPU loading to a minimum. The HDMI adaptor delivers true audio and video output on a single cable for direct connection of an HDMI ready display, making the SAPPHIRE HD 3850 an ideal solution for gamers and video enthusiasts.

    Featuring the latest CrossFireX technology, the SAPPHIRE HD 3850 has two high speed connectors on each card allowing 2, 3 or even 4 graphics cards to be daisy-chained together for enhanced performance when installed in a CrossFireX mainboard. As each card has two dual-link DVI connectors, this allows up to eight monitors to be used at the same time, or - with CrossFire enabled - two GPU’s (and up to four with future driver releases) to provide a more powerful rendering solution.

    All the new SAPPHIRE HD 3800 series combine a powerful unified shader architecture with support for Shader Model 4.0 and the forthcoming DirectX 10.1 connected via the latest PCI-Express Gen 2.0 interface. The architecture shares the 320 stream processors and 512-bit internal ring bus memory controller of the company’s other high end models together with multiple rendering units and a programmable tessellation unit to deliver outstanding graphics performance. Now manufactured in a new 55nm process technology, the GPU in the HD 3000 series delivers this performance with lower power consumption and at lower cost than previous generations. A new feature known as ATI PowerPlay actively reduces power consumption depending on loading.

    SAPPHIRE HD 3000 series graphics cards are Microsoft Windows Vista™ Premium certified and supported by the ATI Catalyst® suite of software, ensuring customers have ongoing access to software updates for performance, stability and added features. Support for DirectX10.1 provides developers with access to enhanced programming techniques and new lighting effects.

    General Specifications

    SAPPHIRE HD 3850 1GB

    External Memory Interface 256-bit
    Memory Type 829 MHz GDDR3
    Frame Buffer 1024 MB
    Cooler Single slot fan assisted cooler

    Power Connector 6-pin PCIe
    Peak Board Power ~95W
    Display Interfaces 2x Dual-link DVI with HDCP + HDTV Out
    (HDMI+Audio with adapter)

    ATI CrossFireX Dual interconnects
    (2, 3, or 4 way ready)

    Specifications correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
    All trademarks and registration marks acknowledged.
  2. Guest-23315

    Guest-23315 Guest

    Rich, will you be doing a 512Mb vs. 1Gb review of these 3850's?
  3. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    I won't be and to be honest, I can't see Tim doing one given the mass of other new cards coming out at the moment.
  4. Guest-23315

    Guest-23315 Guest

    OK, cool.

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