Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic

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Intel Core 2 Duo E6550
(2.3GHz - Dual-Core)

MSI P35 Platinum Combo
(Intel P35 Express Chipset)

2x1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3
CL 6-6-6-15 - DDR-1300

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Toxic

ASUS GeForce 8800GTX

Nvidia Geforce 8600 GTS

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
Catalyst 8.3
NVIDIA Forceware 169.25
DirectX Redist (November 2007)

Benchmarks Used:

3DMark06 v1.1.0
Company of Heroes
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark06 is the most recent addition to the 3DMark franchise. This version differs from 3Dmark05 in a number of ways, and includes not only Shader Model 2.0 tests, but Shader Model 3.0 and HDR tests as well. Some of the assets from 3DMark05 have been re-used, but the scenes are now rendered with much more geometric detail and the shader complexity is vastly increased as well. Max shader length in 3DMark05 was 96 instructions, while 3DMark06 ups that number to 512. 3DMark06 also employs much more lighting and there is extensive use of soft shadows. With 3DMark06, Futuremark has also updated how the final score is tabulated. In this latest version of the benchmark, SM 2.0 and HDR / SM3.0 tests are weighted and the CPU score is factored into the final tally as well.

In the overall score, we saw the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Toxic 512MB fall behind the 8800GTX by 557 points while with the Shader Model 2 and 3 tests, the card trailed by 440 and 295 points respectively.  Overall, this is rather impressive considering the 8800GTX can cost twice that of a Radeon 3870.

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Crisis Causer 6 years ago

That's a nice looking card.  I always liked Sapphire, although it is unusual to see them switch from their classic red.  It really loks great though.  I dig single slot coolers, as my current card unfortunately takes up two.  Impressive overclocks with pretty good performance gains.  Yet I'd like to see stock vs OCed performance on Crysis, to see how much performance is gained there.

^Bad_Boy^ 6 years ago
I'd like to see the HD 3870 X2 Toxic.. ;)
AjayD 6 years ago
I like the fact that the Vapor-X cooler allows for a single slot design, but I wonder if it can handle more aggressive OCing or if it is limited in application to mild OCing. For the money I think I would rather have one of these than a 9600GT, though it would have been interesting to see how they compare.
Crisis Causer 6 years ago
It seems most people say the 9600GT is superior to the 3870 in most AA tests, but without AA the 3870 often is faster.  I'd say you can't go wrong with either.
frg1 6 years ago

 what a nice card

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