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ATI HD 3850 256MB DDR3 PCI2.0 £66.64 delivered

£66.64 @ Aria PC
Hi first post in the deals section, HD3850 series with 320 cores, which I thought was a steal. I know its not 512Mb ram, but its ddr3 alright. Supports DX10.1 and onboards HD decoding, so that your … Read More
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9y, 1m agoFound 9 years, 1 month ago
Hi first post in the deals section,
HD3850 series with 320 cores, which I thought was a steal. I know its not 512Mb ram, but its ddr3 alright. Supports DX10.1 and onboards HD decoding, so that your CPU stays free while watching BDs and HD-DVDs.

Oh and if its cold can people let me know why?

Description
The ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series is designed for the Ultimate Visual Experience in next-generation gamingincluding the latest Microsoft® and future DirectX® 10.1 gameswith stunning 3D graphics and shading effects. This baby has plenty of horsepower, with 320 stream processors and PCI Express® 2.0 support for fast throughput. Plus breakthrough user-customization options for system tweaking and convenient scalability.
The ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series is also the hi-def visual heart and soul of our new CODENAME: SPIDER Platformthe integrated, all-AMD, all-the-time platform designed for the ultimate gaming experience.

DirectX® 10.1: Superior HD Gaming Quality ATI Radeon 3800 Series supports the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 9, DirectX® 10 and Microsoft® future DirectX® 10.1 games for smoother edges, advanced lighting techniques, high-quality motion-blur, and high-definition textures for greater environment detail.

PCI Express® 2.0 Get ready for the most demanding graphics applications with PCI Express 2.0 support, which allows up to twice the throughput of current AMD PCI Express cards.

ATI CrossFireX Technology Expand and conquer! ATI CrossFireX is the ultimate scalable Multi-GPU solution that allows up to 4 graphics units installed in a system using AMDs motherboard.

More horsepower for game playing Allows gamers to scale performance according to their budget Multi-display support (up to 8 monitors) Easy plug-and-play upgradeability for even better 3D performance Shift into AMD OverDrive AMD OverDrive is an overclockers dream. It gives gamers the ability to push the envelope in Multi-GPU platform performance.

Unlock the GPU clocks through ATI Catalyst Software Temperature display and VPU recover safety features Manually set engine and memory clocks OR auto configure utility option for stable overclocking


Chipset ATI Radeon HD 3850
Direct x support DirectX 10.1
Interface type PCI Express x16
Memory 256MB GDDR3
Memory clock 2x 828MHz
Connectivity DVI / TV-Out
Cooling Fan
Gpu speed 668 MHz


Available in webspecial, or can upgrade to the 512Mb version for £20 extra!! Ive just got my 3650 so I'll have to save up before I do anything :(
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#1
Voted Hot!
Great 'mid' range card. Will play all current games. Requires ~95W of power, so make sure you have capacity before upgrading. Or if you are feeling adventurous, (yes I know I cant spell !) You could go crossfire. 2 x 3850 gives you pretty damn good performance for your money! (Crossfire is still more efficient than SLi)
http://regmedia.co.uk/2007/12/10/asus_eah3850_3.png
#2
This is a good deal, especially for anyone that missed out on the same price 3850 512Mb from Scan a few weeks back :thumbsup:
#3
That's a great deal.HOT
#4
Great. I have the HD 2600 XT DDR3.. If i saw this earlier I would have changed my mind
#5
Yeah hot price having checked around so voted hot, however posted 512mb version of this at Scan for similar price couple of weeks back -(not there now though--http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/190594/512mb-powercolor-hd-3850-63-39/ £63.39)

Amazingly this didn't become hot!!!!
#6
good deal. hot!
#7
Anyone know if this will improve HDediting? I have Ulead studio 11 and A canon HD camcorder. At present with my Dual core PC, editing takes an age and is jumpy. Need something to speed it up!
#8
Mrlossy
Anyone know if this will improve HDediting? I have Ulead studio 11 and A canon HD camcorder. At present with my Dual core PC, editing takes an age and is jumpy. Need something to speed it up!


Quad core CPU is what you need this may help a little but CPU is where grunt work is done
#9
Mrlossy
Anyone know if this will improve HDediting? I have Ulead studio 11 and A canon HD camcorder. At present with my Dual core PC, editing takes an age and is jumpy. Need something to speed it up!


Not a great deal as it's the CPU doing most of the work. A better, faster CPU, more RAM and a fast hard drive are the most important things.

The graphics card really just handles 3D "stuff" and effects.

Sorry Mrlossy, must have posted at the same time.
#10
The GFX card has onboard Video Decoding only, so for encoding a Good CPU and plenty of RAm is what you need!! Plus try and make sure that the encoding software fully supports multi core architecture. Most of the ones available do.
#11
elflembo
Quad core CPU is what you need this may help a little but CPU is where grunt work is done


Personally I would go for a E8400. Around the £120 mark and will outperform a Q6600, (unless you have an app that supports 4 cores...) and is very overclockable. Can do 3.4 Ghz on air!!
#12
Don't buy if you run Linux
#13
guys will this run in a dell vostro 200?
#14
djfluff
Voted Hot!
Great 'mid' range card. Will play all current games. Requires ~95W of power, so make sure you have capacity before upgrading. Or if you are feeling adventurous, (yes I know I cant spell !) You could go crossfire. 2 x 3850 gives you pretty damn good performance for your money! (Crossfire is still more efficient than SLi)
http://regmedia.co.uk/2007/12/10/asus_eah3850_3.png


Umm, I'm pretty sure thats 3dMark but care to elaborate on which version exactly?

Seems a good deal, don't keep up much with gfx cards since I got my 8800GTS 320mb last year but this seems pretty good.
#15
Anyone know how this would compare to a 1950xt that I have at the mo??
#16
kozicka
Umm, I'm pretty sure thats 3dMark but care to elaborate on which version exactly?

Seems a good deal, don't keep up much with gfx cards since I got my 8800GTS 320mb last year but this seems pretty good.


Darn! cant find the page I got that from. Pretty sure it was 3dmark06.
#17
#18
djfluff
Darn! cant find the page I got that from. Pretty sure it was 3dmark06.


djfluff, you seem pretty clued up gfx card wise, may i trouble you for a bit of advice? I have a quad core phenom pc, 4gb ram and the gfx card sounded great (i'm a sucker for big memory) a 1gb 8500gt. Its the only thing that lets the vista score down and i don't want to go and buy crysis and be playing a stuttering mess. It was also poor when i hooked it into my 27" lcd tv/monitor. Is it something that can be solved with a proper investment in a decent card? any advice welcome :)
#19
mbgringo
djfluff, you seem pretty clued up gfx card wise, may i trouble you for a bit of advice? I have a quad core phenom pc, 4gb ram and the gfx card sounded great (i'm a sucker for big memory) a 1gb 8500gt. Its the only thing that lets the vista score down and i don't want to go and buy crysis and be playing a stuttering mess. It was also poor when i hooked it into my 27" lcd tv/monitor. Is it something that can be solved with a proper investment in a decent card? any advice welcome :)


your graphics card is pants you need a decent card on a tv that size i would go for a nvidia 9600gt or better still a 8800gt and it needs to be a 512mb version which you can get for around £100-£120 depending on maker if moneys no object there are faster cards but 4 months ago the 512mb version of the 8800gt was the fastest card you could buy and it will play all games on high setting you can run crysis on high aswell.

To the guy who asks will this work in a Dell vostro200 simple answer is no i have one for the kids to surf the net and i was going to put a spare ATI2900 in it but the psu is only a **** 350watt it has no output for decent graphics and theres no molex connectors to buy a convertor and its not powerful enough anyway and im sure it uses a non standard wiring loom so you cant replace with a psu that will work.
#20
[QUOTE=polly69]your graphics card is pants you need a decent card on a tv that size i would go for a nvidia 9600gt or better still a 8800gt and it needs to be a 512mb version which you can get for around £100-£120 depending on maker if moneys no object there are faster cards but 4 months ago the 512mb version of the 8800gt was the fastest card you could buy and it will play all games on high setting you can run crysis on high aswell.

Thanks Polly, budget would be £100 - £150 so will have a look at the 8800gt, any point stretching to the 8800gts?
#21
Is this any better then the XFX 8600GTS XXX version 256MB DDR3 DVI PCI-E Graphics Card that i have now ????
#22
Personally I don't think this is a great deal considering for roughly £10 extra (ex delivery but if you live near you can pick up) you can get a Nvidia 9600GT 512MB which will guaranteed to outperform the ATi 3850 and with reference to Custom PC it even outperformed 2, 3 and even 4 3850/3870 crossfire configurations with just one 9600GT.

Additionally the 3850 will be pointless with any of the recent games currently out on higher resolutions than 1280*1024. Another example from Custom PC a 3850 512Mb version can only produce roughly 2-5fps in 1680*1050 whereas a 9600GT 15-18fps. It's also one of the only cards that provides best speed improvement in all areas when in SLI "The Gefore 9600GTs shows SLI off to the best of its abilities, as a second card yields decent speed boosts."
#23
Your better with 512MB for anyone on 19" monitors and above, especially with the newer games.
#24
i don't think that is entirely true
#25
anti5580
Personally I don't think this is a great deal considering for roughly £10 extra (ex delivery but if you live near you can pick up) you can get a Nvidia 9600GT 512MB which will guaranteed to outperform the ATi 3850 and with reference to Custom PC it even outperformed 2, 3 and even 4 3850/3870 crossfire configurations with just one 9600GT.

Additionally the 3850 will be pointless with any of the recent games currently out on higher resolutions than 1280*1024. Another example from Custom PC a 3850 512Mb version can only produce roughly 2-5fps in 1680*1050 whereas a 9600GT 15-18fps. It's also one of the only cards that provides best speed improvement in all areas when in SLI "The Gefore 9600GTs shows SLI off to the best of its abilities, as a second card yields decent speed boosts."


Yep,and for another £25 you can get 8800gt that outperform the 9600gt... and for another £20......
You know, some people just want to*/have to* stick to the budget...and there is nothing more they can spend.
£67 for the card (delivered) is not a good deal...it is a great deal if someone has restricted budget within this range.
#26
Guy_With_Beard
Your better with 512MB for anyone on 19" monitors and above, especially with the newer games.


zeus9876
i don't think that is entirely true


And you are right ;D Zeus

Memory speed, bandwith are at least as much important as size e.g. 1Gb DDR2 with 128bit bandwith and high timings will not help much ...

according to you question - in theory, the 3850 is much,much quicker than your 8600gt but I would wait with the change (if you can) for a while as a few , important introductions are coming :)

Sorry for double post
#27
7777777
Yep,and for another £25 you can get 8800gt that outperform the 9600gt... and for another £20......
You know, some people just want to*/have to* stick to the budget...and there is nothing more they can spend.
£67 for the card (delivered) is not a good deal...it is a great deal if someone has restricted budget within this range.


I agree with your point but firstly I am only refering to a 9600GT for an additional £10 (approx) and secondly I don't agree that it truly outperforms a 8800GT, maybe on par with it and saving that extra £25 that you mentioned is much more value for money.

It's true that people might need to stick to a specific budget but personally letting people purchase a card that we know that can't perform well with current games, let alone future games is in my opinion a poor investment. I feel it's good that such comparision is made for people who can afford to spend a little more know what options they have.

If games is not really your thing and you're on a really tight budget then I would stick with what you have and save the £67.

Just my suggestion :whistling:
#28
anti5580
I agree with your point but firstly I am only refering to a 9600GT for an additional £10 (approx) and secondly I don't agree that it truly outperforms a 8800GT, maybe on par with it and saving that extra £25 that you mentioned is much more value for money.

It's true that people might need to stick to a specific budget but personally letting people purchase a card that we know that can't perform well with current games, let alone future games is in my opinion a poor investment. I feel it's good that such comparision is made for people who can afford to spend a little more know what options they have.

If games is not really your thing and you're on a really tight budget then I would stick with what you have and save the £67.

Just my suggestion :whistling:


mbgringo;2340789
[QUOTE=polly69]your graphics card is pants you need a decent card on a tv that size i would go for a nvidia 9600gt or better still a 8800gt and it needs to be a 512mb version which you can get for around £100-£120 depending on maker if moneys no object there are faster cards but 4 months ago the 512mb version of the 8800gt was the fastest card you could buy and it will play all games on high setting you can run crysis on high aswell.

Thanks Polly, budget would be £100 - £150 so will have a look at the 8800gt, any point stretching to the 8800gts?


zeus9876
Is this any better then the XFX 8600GTS XXX version 256MB DDR3 DVI PCI-E Graphics Card that i have now ????


first i dont think its worth the extra stick with the 8800gt
secondly the 8600gts isnt in the same league as the 8800gt the 8800gt murders it the 8600gts is a rubbish card that was replaced with the 9600 series.
and as a final answer the 8800gt is faster than the 9600 it not massively but none the less it is so its not worth arguing its a known fact except it.

Personally i wouldnt touch this card i dont like the Ati cards ive had 2 and have a 2900gt now the problem is the drivers are buggy and the cards are so power hungry i have a ASUS P5N premium motherboard thats crossfire and i have 1x8800gtx i would rather have that than 2 Ati cards in crossfire and for the £65 i would much rather put the extra and get a way better card you can pick up a 512mb 8800gt for £99 delivered which will kill this card and last but not least its from Aria the worst company ive ever had the misfortune to have faulty goods from i dont buy anything from them no matter how cheap it is 8 weeks to refund a faulty item.
#29
There is a review here as well as a mention of Linux:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=944&num=1
#30
"HD3850 series with 320 cores"

My God... It's the most powerful processor ever created...
#31
i believe cores and streams are used to define (along with other parameters) GFX cards!! Correct me if i'm wrong!!
Ah and I believe this has turned into a ATi vs Nvidia thread!! Honestly it dont really matter to me, Ive had both and ATI and Nvidia have been fine with me. I can't comment on Aria though!! I am pleased that my first post has become quite hot though!! For those who want an Nvidia card please look at

SCAN Part Number LN21792 which is a 8600GT DDR3 1GB card with DVI, DSUB and HDTV support. Its on pre order for £52 including VAT plus shipping. I think its a great deal with DDR3 Ram and 1GB. I havent posted it yet as its on pre order only so far!! Peace!!!
#32
1.ATI 3XXX is not very power-hungry
2.Truth, ATI drivers are rubbish and often causes problems - get modded Omega drivers
3.I have got almost all components of my computer from ARIA - no problems so far.Obviously, I do not know how they would respond if problems occured.

photos taken from Anandtech and Inquirer

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/radeon%20hd%203800_111407111123/16033.png
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/radeon%20hd%203800_111407111123/16034.png

http://images.vnu.net/gb/inquirer/news/2007/11/27/low-gpus-leave-lot-desired/3dmark02.jpg
#33
Well after reading all the comments and opinions I am still confused.
Yes - you get what you pay for. Yes - technology is out of date as soon as you buy it, but is it a good deal?
i.e. is this the cheapest price likely to be found on the net?

frank
#34
I believe Frank has hit the nail on the head!! Can anyone find something ATI38XX cheaper??? Cause I have just sent my HD3650 sealed, so that I can get this HD38XX series.
#35
mbgringo;2340789
[QUOTE=polly69]your graphics card is pants you need a decent card on a tv that size i would go for a nvidia 9600gt or better still a 8800gt and it needs to be a 512mb version which you can get for around £100-£120 depending on maker if moneys no object there are faster cards but 4 months ago the 512mb version of the 8800gt was the fastest card you could buy and it will play all games on high setting you can run crysis on high aswell.

Thanks Polly, budget would be £100 - £150 so will have a look at the 8800gt, any point stretching to the 8800gts?


I would still go for an 8800GT (512MB). You can pick one up for around £100. (go for one with a Zalman style fan out of preferance :)
Personally, i dont think the 15%-20% gain for the 8800GTS (512) is worth the extra 40% in price.
The Nvidia 280\260 range has just been released, which will push the price of the other cards down , once the initial rediculious launch price starts to drop, so if you can wait a month or two, you may be able to pick up an 8800gtx or 9800gtx for around £150. But such is the way with graphics cards, you could allwais wait for them to get cheeper :)
:thumbsup:
#36
polly69;2342220
[QUOTE=mbgringo]
and as a final answer the 8800gt is faster than the 9600 it not massively but none the less it is so its not worth arguing its a known fact except it.


On paper yes I agree but ocassionally it's slightly better than 8800GT on a few test/benchmark, considering its slightly cheaper than the 8800GT it makes it a worthwhile consideration :roll:

As for the deal, it's the cheapest I've seen it anywhere so itself is a good price at the moment.

Like djfluff said, wih the launch of a few new graphic cards coming out the prices will drop for many other graphic cards. I'm sure these cards will drop even further ...
#37
PoisonJam;2338520
Not a great deal as it's the CPU doing most of the work. A better, faster CPU, more RAM and a fast hard drive are the most important things.

The graphics card really just handles 3D "stuff" and effects.

Sorry Mrlossy, must have posted at the same time.

Do any of you guys know of a reasonably card that will make a big difference to HD video editing?
#38
Well what you need ot buy is a PCI Express based HD encoding card. I am afraid they are quite dear at the moment. I would say £500 minimum. What these cards will have is a HD 1080p codec chip on board. And they will take the video directly and upconvert to HD resolutions.

The other option you have is that if you already havea 1080p camcorder and are transferring the video using the supplied firewire cable or something like that, then the software will support the HD resolutions itself. In which case, your GPU will make a difference (along with your CPU and RAM). So depends on what input you are using it with.
#39
unileeds;2342978
I believe Frank has hit the nail on the head!! Can anyone find something ATI38XX cheaper??? Cause I have just sent my HD3650 sealed, so that I can get this HD38XX series.


Firstly I'd like to say I know nothing (& I mean nothing!) about graphics cards but came across this thread as I'm hunting for a card for my Dell e520 as the onboard is quite limiting....
anyway I saw this Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 Graphics Card 512MB PCI-E Dual-DVI/HDTV which is on for £73 plus delivery and has 512MB DDR3 but its awaiting stock.
Would this be OK for my PC without having to spend too much or changing the PSU - It's the standard Dell Dimension e520 (C2D 1.8) with 4gb + 22" screen?

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