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Review: Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 ATOMIC: the best RV670 yet

by Tarinder Sandhu on 25 January 2008, 08:53

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Everything but the kitchen sink




The coolest-looking presentation box we've ever seen from Sapphire.









Items Aluminium carry case
Sapphire driver CD with Futuremark 3DMark06
CyberLink PowerDVD 7 (6-channel version)
CyberLink DVD Suite
Multi-language quick-user's guide
3m HDMI cable
HDMI adaptor
DVI dongle
Cold-cathode UV lamp
Valve Half-Life 2, Team Fortress, Portal
Six-pin-to-Molex connector
CrossFire dongle
S-video-to-HDTV cable

The cornucopia of usual card-related goodies is augmented by a 3m HDMI cable and a CCFL UV lamp. The bundle's extravagance and enhanced cooling are manifested in a UK street price of  around £165 - or £25 above the online price of a stock-clocked, reference Radeon HD 3870 512MiB. The ATOMIC's pricing puts it just below NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GT 512MiB and around £30 below the even-newer GeForce 8800 GTS 512.

Warranty

The Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 ATOMIC is backed up by a 2-year warranty. Claims in the first year are handled by the supplier from whom the card was purchased from. Claims after this period are handled by a U.K.-based service centre.