SAPPHIRE has just announced support for legacy PC systems using the AGP graphics bus with a new product in its HD 3000 series which brings the latest graphics architectures and features to this industry standard platform.The SAPPHIRE HD 3850 AGP is available with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, running at 846MHz (1.7GHz effective) and has a core clock speed of 700MHz. It is a standard ATX format card, compatible with the industry standard AGP interface and with its slim fan assisted cooler the card occupies only a single expansion slot in the PC.

SAPPHIRE Technology, industry leader in graphics solutions, has just
announced support for legacy PC systems using the AGP graphics bus with a new
product in its HD 3000 series which brings the latest graphics architectures and
features to this industry standard platform.

The SAPPHIRE HD 3850 AGP is available with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, running at
846MHz (1.7GHz effective) and has a core clock speed of 700MHz. It is a standard
ATX format card, compatible with the industry standard AGP interface and with
its slim fan assisted cooler the card occupies only a single expansion slot in
the PC.

The SAPPHIRE HD 3850 AGP shares the 320 stream processors and 512-bit internal
ring bus memory controller of the latest PCI-Express models together with
multiple rendering units and a programmable tessellation unit. This new
product’s unified shader architecture with support for Shader Model 4.0 and the
forthcoming DirectX 10.1 combine to deliver the most outstanding graphics
performance ever available to AGP users.

Now manufactured in a new 55nm process technology, the GPU in the HD 3000 series
delivers high performance with lower power consumption than previous
generations. A new feature known as ATI PowerPlay actively reduces power
consumption depending on loading. On the AGP model, additional power is required
via the 8-pin PCI-Express connector fitted, which can be provided from a
standard power supply with an adapter cable (supplied).

The SAPPHIRE HD 3850 AGP incorporates the latest ATI Avivo™ HD Technology for
enhanced Video display and features a built in UVD (Unified Video decoder) for
the hardware accelerated decoding of Blu-ray™ and HD DVD content for both VC-1
and H.264 codecs, considerably reducing CPU loading. Two independent display
output controllers provide support for two dual link DVI displays as well as
TV-out and HD TV options. HDCP is supported.

SAPPHIRE HD 3000 series graphics cards are Microsoft Windows Vista™ Premium
certified and supported by the ATI Catalyst® suite of software, ensuring
customers have ongoing access to software updates for performance, stability and
added features.