PowerColor Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme PCS Pro Reviews
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"PowerColor's factory-overclocked Radeon HD 3850 is a good buy at under £120 (inc. VAT) if you can live with the different display output configuration but, in saying that, I can't help but feel like I'm repeating myself over and over at the moment. I guess that's because the mid-range has never been as strong as it is today there are just so many good purchases out there and that means it's a good time to be a PC gamer building a new system."
"In terms of performance, well, it's a mixed bag where the HD 3800 series resembles AMDs high-end parts while not being able to take the crown away from NVIDIA. As far as DX10 is concerned, I'm disappointed with the overall operation. Drivers should have matured by now so that argument is out of the league. We've seen quite a few performance charts where the card simply hiccupped and it felt like a mid-range product, hence Bioshock and Crysis.
Overall I'm satisfied with the product despite the fact the HD 3800 is late. Not only that, it should be the sole replacement for the HD 2900 series by now. However, I'm not judging the GPU per se, but PowerColor model which in my subjective opinion is simply solid. Although the cooling system might be unforgiving to some (2 slot solution), it's a nice addition both design and performance wise. The other freebie is higher clocked core and memory which a lot of you will enjoy, likewise not so dingy overclocking potential."
"...PowerColor's Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme is a rather unique proposition, leveraging its enhanced specification to position itself between the reference Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 parts. For just $20 more in the US, the addition of a more fulsome 512MB frame buffer and the higher core clock speed makes it, to my mind, an even juicier prospect still - The additional video memory in particular is an important, with more and more modern games simply utilising too much frame buffer space to run happily with just 256MB on-board. While these changes might not be enough to sway you from a GeForce 8800 GT board of some description, thanks almost solely to ATI's current anti-aliasing performance woes, PowerColor should be commended for putting together a very well thought out offering that does a great job of differentiating itself from the crowd."
"For those looking for something different, PowerColor's Xtreme, overclocked version of the Radeon HD 3850 falls somewhat in between a Radeon HD 3850 and the HD 3870. Temperatures are considered very low for its performance level and the third party cooler from ZEROtherm is actually cool to the touch, a stark contrast to the scorching shell on any GeForce 8800 GT today. It is however a bit too noisy for our tastes and unlike the variety of modern games found on almost any retail GeForce 8800 GT, this PowerColor package has no bundled games at all. While we do not have the local price for this card at the moment, it should fall between the S$319 and S$399 recommended local prices for the standard PowerColor Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 respectively. As you can see, there isn't too much wiggle room for this Xtreme version and we'll recommend that you do your math before making a decision. Still, if the PowerColor Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme 512MB is any indication, the new RV670 GPUs are very compelling products, if not the fastest, they offer better performance-per-watt. Ironically, AMD has been able to achieve success on one front, where they are still struggling in another."
"It has been a while since I was surprised by the performance of an ATI card and the PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme did just that. The performance of the card is very good and PowerColor squeezes even more performance form the card with factory overclocking."