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GECUBE Radeon HD 3850 X-Turbo III

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 22, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GECUBE

The Card


Getting the package out the way and moving onto the card the first thing you notice is the huge cooler. A cooler like this is generally saved for the 3870 but GECUBE thought they would go all out and add a larger cooler onto the lower spec 3850.



The cooler really manages to take up majority of the card, we can see some copper heat pipes running across the bottom of the card along with the copper heatsink that sits over the core. We can also see the copper base coming out the bottom. The cooler is pretty serious and should be significantly quieter and cooler than the standard single slot one we saw on the ASUS.




Moving around the card we have a pretty standard affair, the back of the card has a single PCI Express connector located just below the fan and heading around to the top of the card we can see our Crossfire connectors that we won't be making use of today.



The I/O department is also pretty normal with our two Dual Link DVI connectors and single TV-Out port. As we mentioned the card is also a dual slot design and you can see where the hot air comes out here.




The card is of course overclocked and comes in with a 725MHz core and a 1900MHz DDR clock on the 512MB of GDDR3 memory. This is up from the standard 670MHz/1600MHz DDR found on stock clocked cards.


Compared to the ASUS TOP version there isn't much at all between the two cards, both share the same 1900MHz DDR clock speed on the memory while the ASUS TOP offering comes in with a slightly higher 730MHz core.


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