Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB GDDR3 Video Card Review

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Diamond 3870 Bundle and Test System

Box and Bundle

Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB

Ruby is featured on the boxes of many Diamond video cards, it’s good to see companies use her marketing power on more than stickers!. The box is simple yet effective, it clearly displays the type of card and at the top you can see that a sticker has been added showing that it has 1GB of memory.

Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB

Diamond bundles plenty of connectors with their cards, whether your inteded purpose is a HTPC video card, or a card strictly for gaming all of the bases are covered. At the bottom of the picutre you can see a DVI to D-Sub adapter as well as a DVI to HDMI adapter. Also included is the cable to hook the card up to a HDTV and a standard video out cable.

Test System

Test System

The test system was running Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit with all available Microsoft updates including the hotfixes required for enthusiast video cards to run correctly. NVIDIA Forceware 169.28 beta drivers were used on all of the GeForce 8800 series graphics cards, and 174.74 used for the 9800 GTX (174.74 drivers will not install on the GeForce 8800 GTX series). ATI Catalyst 8.3 drivers were used for all ATI cards. All results shown in the charts are averages of at least three runs from each game or application used. Memory timings were set to 1000MHz 4-5-4-15. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTX were standard modles and the GeForce 8800 GTS were the Palit 1GB Sonic SLI Video Cards.

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770

Motherboard

XFX nForce 780i SLI

Memory

Crucial PC2-8500 2GB

Video Card

See Above

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150GB

Cooling

Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme

Power Supply

Thermaltake ToughPower 1000W 

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

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