Gecube HD 3850 Pro 512MB GDDR3 Overclocked Edition £109.98 - HotUKDeals
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As with most graphics card offers on Hotdeals, this one will probably freeze due to oposition from the ATI vs NVidia camp. But....

...this is actually a very good card for £110. I own both an Inno3D 8800GT and this HD3850 card. Sure, the 8800GT is the more powerful (and so is the HD3870) but I am really impressed by the 3850. I think it hits the right spot for both price and performance.

Here are the things I like about this GeCube version.
*Comes with an extremely effective and quiet dual slot cooler. This keeps the temps cool and allows for great overclocking (mine is currently oc'd to 877core/2100mem.
*Half Life EP2 Black Box edition download is included free. This sells for over £20 on ebay . Games included are HL2 EP2, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress 2, Portal and Source SDK.
*Uses half of the electricty of an 8800GT when idle. This is 90% of the time on my system.
*This is the Overclocked version so clocks are 725core and 1800mem vs standard 666 / 1650.
*During real gameplay at 1680x1050 I notice little difference between this and my 8800GT.

As said, the 8800GT is generally 10-20% faster, but it costs 30-40% more and usually comes with a much poorer stock cooler.

There are also cheaper 256MB 3850's available, but I think the 512MB of ram and great cooling (the cooler is better than the stock 3870 and 8800GTS coolers) make it worth the money. At 877 core my GPU temps never go above 65degrees.

I AM NOT SAYING THIS IS BETTER THAN AN 8800GT (which is a great card). I am simply saying it is better value for most normal gamers.

***Before clicking COLD please be brave and say why, or provide a link to a better deal. Nobody likes cowards.***
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#1
says you all so get Half Life 2 episode 2 & Portal & Team-Fortress2

which is nice :)

Edit : lol never mind you all ready said ( my bad ) :)
#2
Here are a few benchmarks for my 3850.
3DMark03 42,461
3DMark05 22,995
3DMark06 12,582

...all run using Vista and a Core 2 Duo.

Full Review and pictures here. Damn this card is sexy.
#3
Hi Orville, did you get the Catalyst Control Center working on Vista? If so what version and where from? I recently got this card and found that when installing ATI drivers on vista I couldn't have the control center installed as it would just constantly crash vista. In the end I settled for just the drivers.

As for the deal - great price! I paid around that for the 256mb.
#4
thomclifford
Hi Orville, did you get the Catalyst Control Center working on Vista? If so what version and where from? I recently got this card and found that when installing ATI drivers on vista I couldn't have the control center installed as it would just constantly crash vista. In the end I settled for just the drivers.

As for the deal - great price! I paid around that for the 256mb.
CCC worked fine with my card and Vista. However, I stopped using CCC because the Overdrive feature restricted the overclocks. Try the new 8.1 Catalyst drivers on ATI's site - I was testing them yesterday without issues.
#5
spend the extra 30 quid for a 8800gt ,
much better card
#6
have some heat...good card, good price.
#7
yeah give it a few weeks and people will be saying you dont wanna 8800gt you want a 9XXX in quad sli :)

this a good card at a good price with a nice collection of games to
#8
arnold.rimmer
spend the extra 30 quid for a 8800gt ,
much better card
That's the whole point. You pay 30% more for a litlle extra performance. Then you can argue that if you spend £145 on a GT, why not pay £40 more for a GTS, and on and on....................

For the money, there is currently no card that can give as much performance per pound as this.. On Crysis I get over 40fps at 1680x1050 on all Medium settings. The GT gives me 46fps in the same machine, but neither can play this res comfortably on High Settings.
#9
Click for a really big pic...
http://i1.techpowerup.com/reviews/GeCube/Radeon_HD_3850_X-Turbo-III/images/package1_small.jpg
http://i2.techpowerup.com/reviews/GeCube/Radeon_HD_3850_X-Turbo-III/images/contents_small.jpg


Review in pic below
http://i1.techpowerup.com/reviews/GeCube/Radeon_HD_3850_X-Turbo-III/images/logo.jpg
#10
How is this card for Crysis???

How is it compaired to an Ati X1300
#11
King Antonius
How is this card for Crysis???

How is it compaired to an Ati X1300
It is very good with Crysis so long as you do not go above 1680x1050 resolution. This card destroys the X1300. It is literally 10x as powerfull.

Here are the benchmark results for Crysis at 1680x1050, all Medium settings, on my 3850. This is run on Vista32 - I think WinXP will give even better results. 42FPS average and the game itself is extremely playable. 1280x1024 gives 54FPS average.
http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/2874/43936256rd7.jpg
suspended#12
arnold.rimmer
spend the extra 30 quid for a 8800gt ,
much better card


But isnt that the 256mb versions? if so then no, they are bad at higher res and with AA they get destroyed.

Voted hot as its a great price and this card really does perform best when compared to price, i have the 8800GTS 1600x1050 all on high, not bad.

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