Advance to the next generation of gaming with incredible performance, life-like graphics and support for the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1. With 320 stream processors and PCI Express® 2.0 support, you’re ready for the most demanding titles. And thanks to plug-and-play ATI CrossFireX™ upgradeability, it is easy to turbo-charge your 3D performance.
ATI Avivo™ HD Technology
ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series GPUs feature ATI Avivo™ HD technology with advanced audio, video processing, display and connectivity capabilities for high definition entertainment solutions. ATI Avivo™ HD technology includes fully integrated HD audio capabilities and supports playback of multi-channel (5.1) audio streams. When combined with the integrated HDCP copy protection, ATI Avivo HD enables a one-cable HDMI™ connectivity solution to high definition home theaters.
ATI Unified Video Decoder Technology (UVD)
Connect your PC to your home theater and start watching HD content from your computer using new ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 series graphics cards. The ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series is designed to decode and playback Blu-ray™ and HD DVD formats using dedicated hardware within the GPU. This technology, known as UVD or Unified Video Decoding, is part of ATI Avivo™ HD, the new collection of technologies that are designed to improve the visual and connectivity capabilities of ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series GPUs
HDMI Video and Audio
The ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series GPU further enhances the HD entertainment experience by making it easy to make the connection to a big- screen or home theater system. With built-in 5.1 surround audio (AC3) pass-through capabilities, the new GPUs and graphics cards support a single HDMI connection direct to a compatible TV or receiver. This single cable carries both the HD video and 5.1 surround audio for a clean, high definition connection. Some graphics cards will have an HDMI connector built in, while others will use a special ATI Radeon DVI-I to HDMI adapter. These options mean greater choice and flexibility for consumers when connecting to PC monitors or home theaters for maximum enjoyment of full HD 1080p content.
Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support
ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 series GPUs offer full support for the new DirectX® 10 and DirectX 10.1 API (Application Program Interface) from Microsoft®; ready to meet the demanding needs of new, next generation games. DirectX® 10 is the first totally new DirectX® in the last 4 years and brings important graphics innovations that can be used by game developers for the next generation of games. DirectX® 10 introduces crisp, never-before-seen detail-rich images, visual effects and game dynamics capable of accurately simulating the real world. No matter which ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series GPU you choose, you can be assured that games will look as good as the developer intended!
ATI CrossFireX™ Technology
New ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology takes your gaming experience to the next level with more scalability, performance and compatibility. The technology combines the awe-inspiring capabilities of multiple ATI Radeon™ graphics cards and an ATI CrossFireX ready motherboard to meet the hard-core demands of your alternate reality. New ATI Radeon™ HD graphics cards are designed with an internal ATI CrossFireX™ Bridge Interconnect system to simplify installation. Experience stunning visual realism in today’s demanding 3D games with uncompromising image quality, especially on HD displays.
Microsoft® Windows Vista®
ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 series GPUs provide total support for the Microsoft® Windows Vista® operating system and improve the performance of the Windows Aero™ graphical interface. You will be amazed by the dazzling 3D visual effects and have peace of mind that the ATI Catalyst™ software and drivers are designed and thoroughly tested to ensure full compatibility and stability to keep you up and running. All these new technologies and features make the ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 series of GPUs the ideal solution for ultimate HD gaming and HD video entertainment with the Windows Vista OS.
Superscalar unified shader architecture
320 stream processing units
256-bit memory interface
DirectX® 10.1 / Shader Model 4.1 support
PCI Express® 2.0 support
ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance
Use up to four GPUs with an AMD 790FX based motherboard
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I bought this for my secondary gaming rig.It handles Call of Duty 4 at 1440x900 max detail and Team Fortress 2 also at max detail.Not quit as powerful as my 8800GT but very good GPU for the price.
Great card for the budget gamer,runs 2142,crysis,bioshock at an avg for all 3 of 75 FPS...Usually stick with Nvidia for gaming but this card was cheap and my 7600 went out...Very impressed so far with this card..It does run a lil hot but i am a heavy gamer so it is expected but nothing to worry about
I bought this to replace a radeon x1950pro, and its almost twice or more the performance in all games, with a lower power consumption to boot. On a Core 2 quad q6600, 4 GB RAM and on a 22" 1680x1050, it can play any game at max res + options most of the time. I'm not a huge gamer so its low idle power consumption and HD decoding abilities make it a winner in my case. Won't be upgrading it any time soon, and if I can I'll just add another one of these babies in crossfire x.
From what I can tell, the performance of this card is sufficent to play most of the recent game on HIGH setting on a relatively small monitor. I have an 19" monitor (1440*900) and I play Bioshock, Crysis demo, the witcher demo, HL2 episode 2 and Stranglehold, and exept for Crysis, I can play on HIGH setting on all of them. I have to put shadow and post processing on medium for Crysis in order to play confortably.
After seeing the benchmarks on the HD3850 and 3870 on release day, I thought it was really a toss up between the 3870 or the 8800GT. They were a little out of my price range though (about $60 more at the time) and then I realized that there was this gem of a card, the 3850.
I just got this a few days ago to replace the stock video card in my ACER 380 (x1650 SE - absolute GARBAGE), the card runs fast and cool and so far I've had no problems other then fitting it into the case (it was a tight squeeze). It took a long time to decided between this card, the 3870, or the more expensive 8800GT, but because I wasnt looking for a high end gaming card but more of a decent mid range I chose this one.
I wasn't disapointed, runs pretty much any older non DX10 games at 1680x1050 with no problems, and even as a mid range card I still get decent frames on crysis at 1280 x 720 with med to high settings. I come from a full gaming background I wasnt looking for a home theater card and this one totaly met my needs. Id buy another for crossfire in a heartbeat if budget allowed.
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