Asus EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card - HotHardware
Asus EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card

Asus EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card

Back in November 2007, AMD launched the 55nm ATI RV670 GPU. With this launch, we were introduced to two new ATI video cards, the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850. If you read our launch article, then you already know that the RV670 is a derivative of the R600, which powers the Radeon HD 2900 XT. Our initial experience with AMD's new cards was pretty positive. The Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 offer good performance at nice MSRPs with impressive power characteristics.

After launch articles though, everyone anxiously waits for the retail board reviews. This article will be our first look at a full retail board based on the new RV670 GPU. The card we have up on the review block today is the ASUS EAH3850 TOP (full model number: EAH3850/G/HTDI/256M). As you've probably already realized, this is a Radeon HD 3850 card, and as such it sports 256MB of GDDR3 memory and DirectX 10.1 support.

Asus EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card

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The price is awfully close to the 512mb versions of the 3850.  The extra performance is notable here, however.  Plus the game is worth adding into the price if you're interested in it.  Still, I find it harder to recommend 256mb cards to people these days.

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Get yourself an additional 256MB of frame buffer for the money any day... texture sizes are getting any smaller moving foward. ;-)

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this is what i like to see, i can't wait for the next generation of ati chips to see what rolls out for 10.1 video cards, seeng this justifies my waiting, and i will wait just a little longer for the next rollout to upgrade my pc

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I have been reccomending this card for anyone on a budget for a while now.. Glad to see my advice was on spot.  Now with that said, I would ask you to make sure you downloaded nvidias newest driver for crysis and to double check the pci-E lanes in the bios. For some reason sometimes the pci-e lanes close down to x1 or x8 when a 8800gt is pluged in for whatever reason.  Nice review, Id like to see the higher end model 3870 Top from asus and see how it performs vs the 8800gt in its price range.

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I want to see a 512mb version that gives the 8800gt 512MB or even the GTS a run for its money or is there a 512MB version out there already?

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