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Review: Sapphire's non-conventional Radeon HD 3800 cards go head-to-head

by Tarinder Sandhu on 19 May 2008, 05:15

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Introduction



NVIDIA and ATI will be launching their new iteration of GPUs in June, at around the COMPUTEX time-frame, if rumours are to be believed.

ATI's upcoming RV770 will push the incumbent 3800-series pricing down further, we reckon, which is already competitive against NVIDIA's, as you can currently purchase a retail Radeon HD 3870 512 for £93, including VAT.

Partners appreciate that differentiating solely on lowest price is a recipe for disaster, and that's why many of the larger AICs retail multiple models based on a particular SKU.

Sapphire, for example, has four Radeon HD 3850s and no less than eight Radeon HD 3870s in its range.

We took a look at two non-reference models, HD 3850 1GiB and HD 3870 ULTIMATE, to see if they're worth considering over the rock-bottom reference pricing....