Shortly after the launch of the Radeon HD3850, PowerColor launches its own version with twice the amount of memory, better cooling and overclocked right from the factory! Will it be worth their efforts or will it falter? Read on to find out!
In our last review, we looked at a pair of cards from Sapphire based on ATI’s new GPU, the RV670. In the review, we compared both cards and found that the performance of the HD3850 was significantly lagging behind the HD3870 despite both cards using the same GPU albeit at different clockspeeds. However, we now have in our labs, the HD3850 Xtreme Professional Cooling System Edition courtesy of PowerColor. Not only does it feature a Zerotherm heatpipe cooler and 512MB of memory, PowerColor has taken the liberty to overclock the card at the factory before delivering it into the hands of enthusiasts!
Given a boost in memory and clockspeeds, we will to find out if PowerColor has managed to unleash the power of the HD3850 to bring it to the next level and give NVIDIA a run for it’s money.
The PowerColor Radeon HD3850 Xtreme PCS Edition comes in an unassuming box.
Would it be a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Read on to find out.
Let’s take a look at the basic specifications differences before we open it up:
HD3850 Xtreme PCS / 512MB
NVIDIA 8600GTS/ 256MB
32 @ 1450MHz
System Bus Support
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16