Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic

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Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate a somewhat unique Radeon-based graphics card, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic.  Unlike most reference 3870 cards, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic differs from ATI’s reference design and features higher GPU and memory speeds, a fancy single-slot cooling solution that leverages Microloops’ Vapor-X technology, and it has one of the better retail bundles we have seen in quite  a while too.  Come on by the site and check it out...

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic



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That's a nice looking card.  I always liked Sapphire, although it is unusual to see them switch from their classic red.  It really loks great though.  I dig single slot coolers, as my current card unfortunately takes up two.  Impressive overclocks with pretty good performance gains.  Yet I'd like to see stock vs OCed performance on Crysis, to see how much performance is gained there.

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I'd like to see the HD 3870 X2 Toxic.. ;)

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AjayD replied on Mon, Apr 7 2008 11:21 AM
I like the fact that the Vapor-X cooler allows for a single slot design, but I wonder if it can handle more aggressive OCing or if it is limited in application to mild OCing. For the money I think I would rather have one of these than a 9600GT, though it would have been interesting to see how they compare.

 

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It seems most people say the 9600GT is superior to the 3870 in most AA tests, but without AA the 3870 often is faster.  I'd say you can't go wrong with either.

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frg1 replied on Mon, Apr 7 2008 5:23 PM

 what a nice card

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