Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 512M GDDR3 AGP 256-bit DirectX 10.1 Video Card - 100228L

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Great product, kind of hard to install

on 11/30/2009

I installed this card on an old Tyan Trinity 400 board to breathe a little more life into it. I needed a card with DVi ports and a large video memory configuration. The card is very large but I had no trouble installing it in the medium tower case even with full memory slots and an Upgradeware slotket adapter in the slot-1. The "bad" news is, like some other reviews I read, it would not post. In fact it wouldn't even power on. I was almost ready to give up when I read another review on line where the user removed his cmos chip and let it go back to defaults. I removed my cmos battery for about an hour and re-installed it and voila!, it worked. I had to reset my cmos settings, but since I have a number of computers with this exact same board it wasn't hard. I learned that on this board, at least, don't enable the AGP 4X setting. It causes system instability. I am not a heavy gamer so I can't tell you much about its performance on high-end gaming, but the card produces stunning graphics in CAD and rendering applications on a Dell 2408 monitor. I only wish the installation instructions were better. For what I paid for it this card is a good value, especially in an older system.

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Delivering Mayhem to the Mainstream Long thought to be the market of the conservative gamer, the affordable mainstream products, which use to suffer only adequate performance, now experiences a frame rate revival with the SAPPHIRE HD 3850. Built upon the award winning Radeon HD 3850 core, the SAPPHIRE 3850 offers a comprehensive feature-set that eclipses previous and current mainstream offerings. Unleash the enthusiast inside you with support for advanced technologies such as DirectX® 10 and Shader Model 4 support, integrated HDCP support for Blu-ray™/HD DVD decoding and for extreme enthusiast, Jam a SAPPHIRE HD 3850 into your rig and still have some coin left over to buy that title you have been waiting for!


Manufacturer Sapphire
Mfg Part# 100228L
SKU 211031672
UPC 840777024485
UPC 14 00840777024485
666 million transistors on 55nm fabrication process
AGP 4X/8X bus interface
256-bit GDDR3 memory interface
Ring Bus Memory Controller
Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support
Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture
Dynamic Geometry Acceleration
Anti-aliasing features
Texture filtering features
OpenGL 2.0 support
ATI Avivo™ HD Video and Display Platform
ATI PowerPlay™
Tech Specs
512M GDDR3
AGP bus interface
Single Slot Fan Cooler
System Requirement
AGP based PC is required with one 4X/8X AGP slot available on the motherboard.
1GB or greater system memory for better performance.
450Watt or greater power supply with 30Amps on 12 volt with 2x4 power connector recommanded.
Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to for a list of Certified products
Installation software requires CD-ROM drive.
DVD playback requires DVD driver
Blu-ray/HD DVD playback requires Blu-ray/HD-DVD drive and playback software.
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