PowerColor HD3850Pro/512MB/GDDR3/256bit/2xDVI/TV/ Graphics Card @ebuyer £49.99 inc del - HotUKDeals
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Seems like a great deal for those wanting to build a mid-range PC.
Just ordered one myself.

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PowerColor HD 3850 Pro 512MB GDDR3 256bit Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card

* Graphics Engine - RADEON HD3850
* Video Memory - 512MB GDDR3
* Engine Clock - 668MHz
* Memory Clock - 700MHz x 2
* Memory Interface - 256bit
* DirectX Support - 10.1
* Bus Standard - PCI-E 2.0

Full specs from PowerColor -

http://www.powercolor.com/Global/products_features.asp?ProductID=1980
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#1
Play don't have the PowerColor version, but they do have a Sapphire card of the same spec for £119.99!
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3517039/Sapphire-ATI-Radeon-HD-3850-512MB-DDR3-PCI-Express-2-0-x16-Graphics-Card/Product.html
#2
I think this is a great deal...I'm almost tempted to Crossfire up! I have the 256mb Powercolor already
#3
does anybody know what shader model it is
#4
bwfc
does anybody know what shader model it is


4.1

Full specs from PowerColor for anyone that's interested -

http://www.powercolor.com/Global/products_features.asp?ProductID=1980
#5
Hi
Does anyone have any good deals on the AGP :oops: version of one of these bad boys ?
Ideally looking for the 512mb flavour
#6
excellent, but shouldnt we wait for the 4670 release? may match the performance with less power consumption....
#7
zeshan95
excellent, but shouldnt we wait for the 4670 release? may match the performance with less power consumption....

But will it match the price? Plus, you never know how long you'll have to wait for ATI to actually release the new chipsets, found that out in the past.
#8
Does anyone know how this compares to the nVidia 6600GT?
#9
Very nice budget card. I got one a while ago (paid about £70) and is well worth £50!!!
#10
JoYork
Does anyone know how this compares to the nVidia 6600GT?


kicks its ass,i think it was made to rival the 8600gts card,i have always prefered ati as they are a more honest company,nvidia try and screw every last penny out of the consumer


dont flame its my opinion
#11
JoYork;2800644
Does anyone know how this compares to the nVidia 6600GT?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-cards,1942-7.html
8800 GS, 9600 GSO < => 3850 512MB
#12
JoYork
Does anyone know how this compares to the nVidia 6600GT?


My 6600GT went in the bin for the 3850 :-)
#13
I really dont know what to do should I pay the extra £60 and get a 4850? or get this I mainly just want to play BF2142/UT3/Crysis

I've been holding off installing crysis till i get better card I can the aforementioned games ok with my 8600gt on low with medium settings things getting slow and high well lets just say theres little chance.
1 Like #14
JoYork
Does anyone know how this compares to the nVidia 6600GT?


Put it this way if there ever was a match off between the 6600GT and 3850 512mb.

It would be a similar match off to me taking on Jet Li and Mike Tyson at the same time with one arm tied behind my back. :)
#15
what is the minimum psu requirement for this card?
#16
tooheys30
what is the minimum psu requirement for this card?


follow the link the OP put in the title paragraph and find out for yourself!

Voted hot but holding of for the price drop in the 4870 cards.
#17
jukkie
4.1

Full specs from PowerColor for anyone that's interested -

http://www.powercolor.com/Global/products_features.asp?ProductID=1980


Can't find the manual in the menu of their website.
#18
Good card but the cooler is noisey as its not temperature controlled.
#19
plasmahal
follow the link the OP put in the title paragraph and find out for yourself!
.


Which is of course what I did before asking the question:x. I can't find it on the website but stand corrected if you tell me where it is:whistling:
#20
Mo786
I really dont know what to do should I pay the extra £60 and get a 4850? or get this I mainly just want to play BF2142/UT3/Crysis


If you've got a fast CPU then get the 4850, it doesn't have double the performance but it is quite a bit faster and UT3 and Crysis are going to take advantage of it.
#21
I have a 3850Pro and it is a great card. It is a little bit slower than an 8800GT but for £50 it provides a true bargain. This card plays all of my games (including Crysis on mixed Med/High settings) @ 1680x1050 without any problems. You really cannot go wrong here.

H O T
#22
tooheys30
what is the minimum psu requirement for this card?
Mine runs fine on an Antec 430W. I would not chance anything lower than 400W.
#23
Awesome price, there was one the other day ofr about a couple quid more, but this is an even better price.

Good Card, Kickass Price.
#24
Also don't forget that these 3850's have onboard sound allowing you to transfer Video and Sound through the same HDMI cable, so long as you have the correct cable, handy for those with a HTPC etc. Nice card, very good price, i've got one and plays everything on max for BF2, BF2142, Half-Life2/CS:S... it will struggle with crysis however, just as much as the 8800gt does...
#25
Minstadave
Good card but the cooler is noisey as its not temperature controlled.


im pretty sure u can control it within rivatuna or whatever its called
#26
what's the difference between an HD3858 and an HD3850pro?
#27
Looks like a good deal..... will need to sell my 8600 GT


EDIT: Although after reading comments on this deal on a similar card.... I'm not sure my Dell standard 300W PSU will handle it

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/229888/force3d-hd-3850-512mb-ddr3-dual-dvi/showthread.php?t=229888&page=4
#28
ramiuk1
im pretty sure u can control it within rivatuna or whatever its called


You can't
I've tried loads of software and nothing can control it.
In the end I just unplugged the fan from the card and plugged it straight into my motherboard.
Now I can change the speed whenever I want.

BTW, by default it runs at 100% all the time which is very loud, I now run it at about 40% and it's a lot more bearable and runs at 40'c idle (vs 37'c on 100%)
#29
i have one of these not a bad card, if you want to overclock using ATI catalyst control centre you can get 10 mhz on the cpu and 50mhz on the ram, not much but for 50 quid you cant complain, you definentley cant control the fan as it only has to wires, there is no fan control(3rd) wire.


@nadnerb: how did you get the power connection to your motherboard, as a standard fan connection is to big?????
#30
I'm going to give this a miss, going to wait till 4850 drops in price a little i wonder when that will be
1 Like #31
turdburglar
what's the difference between an HD3858 and an HD3850pro?


ATI dropped the pro suffix with this series so there's no difference in the chips - the 'pro' bit in the model name was added back on by powercolor, probably to show that this was the next model up for their basic 3850 (maybe because it's got 512mb instead of 256mb of memory, or maybe because it's clocked slightly higher).
#32
ramiuk1
im pretty sure u can control it within rivatuna or whatever its called


As said, there's no fan speed control at all. The fan has a small 2 pin connector too so its not easy to hook up to a fan controller or motherboard.
#33
tooheys30
Which is of course what I did before asking the question:x. I can't find it on the website but stand corrected if you tell me where it is:whistling:


i'm waiting:whistling:
1 Like #34
live2giveuk

@nadnerb: how did you get the power connection to your motherboard, as a standard fan connection is to big?????


It fits fine on my MSI motherboard.
I just pulled it off the card and pushed it onto the mobo pins - no problems.
You could also cut off the 2 pin plug and solder on a 3 pin pretty easily.
(obviously you'll only use the 2 wires)

I also bought one of these which does fit and works fine, but I found it hassle to change speeds around the back.
http://scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=783848
(woah, I paid about 57p a month back, its now £2.93!)
#35
EndlessWaves
ATI dropped the pro suffix with this series so there's no difference in the chips - the 'pro' bit in the model name was added back on by powercolor, probably to show that this was the next model up for their basic 3850 (maybe because it's got 512mb instead of 256mb of memory, or maybe because it's clocked slightly higher).


Thanks for explaining that. Rep added.
#36
nadnerb
It fits fine on my MSI motherboard.
I just pulled it off the card and pushed it onto the mobo pins - no problems.
You could also cut off the 2 pin plug and solder on a 3 pin pretty easily.
(obviously you'll only use the 2 wires)

I also bought one of these which does fit and works fine, but I found it hassle to change speeds around the back.
http://scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=783848
(woah, I paid about 57p a month back, its now £2.93!)

Usefull little gadget, thanks.
#37
No idea if anyone will read this, the card I recieved was slightly different in that instead of having 2 x DVI, it only had 1 but also a HDMI port! For me this was a huge bonus as I wanted to connect my PC to my TV anyway.

The card itself is HUGE! Lucky enough I had enough space to fit it in. It's Powercolor's 'Extreme' version, which is why they added the 'Pro' suffix in ebuyers listing. Basically the core and memory are clocked higher than the standard version, so performance is pretty damn good if I do say so myself.

For those that wanted a good budget card but didn't buy this, you really missed out. Ebuyer no longer have this card, and the nearest one to this is fair amount more money.
#38
jukkie
No idea if anyone will read this, the card I recieved was slightly different in that instead of having 2 x DVI, it only had 1 but also a HDMI port! For me this was a huge bonus as I wanted to connect my PC to my TV anyway.

The card itself is HUGE! Lucky enough I had enough space to fit it in. It's Powercolor's 'Extreme' version, which is why they added the 'Pro' suffix in ebuyers listing. Basically the core and memory are clocked higher than the standard version, so performance is pretty damn good if I do say so myself.

For those that wanted a good budget card but didn't buy this, you really missed out. Ebuyer no longer have this card, and the nearest one to this is fair amount more money.


Nice, the standard card comes with a DVI->HDMI adaptor but having a native HDMI port is cool :)

The clocks are good on these, and you can push them further still, especially the core. I ran mine at 750 core 1000 memory.

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