Out with the Old, in with the Mid-Range

We did this comparison in our 8800 GT review and decided to port the numbers over here too. To make the comparison a little more dramatic, we're pitting the lowly Radeon HD 3850 against the some of the previous kings of the hill: the GeForce 7950 GT and the Radeon X1950 XTX.

At only $179, the Radeon HD 3850 manages to outperform both cards. You might view Bioshock as an exception but keep in mind that the X1950 XTX is running the DX9 codepath while the Radeon HD 3850 is running a more GPU-intensive DX10 path, the new midrange card still wins.

Mid-Range Battle: Radeon HD 3850 vs. GeForce 8600 GTS Multi-GPU Scaling: Two 3850s = One 8800 GTX?


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  • starjax - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    What about testing with updated drivers? I understand that the HIS HD3870 cards are shipping with catalyst 8.43 drivers. Reply
  • Comdrpopnfresh - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    How do you guys decide the intermediate slopes of the graphs between them? Some of them look like cubic regressions... Reply
  • Bram van der Heijden - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    Just one thing i want to add.

    I think the last year AMD is really screwing up... dunno what there doing, but they aren't able to beat Intel, they aren't able to beat nVidia. Something went totally wrong over there. Marketing, Financial, Corporate launching strategies whatever... their screwing up.
  • Leadthorns - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    How about the image quality? Some reviews claim its marginally better on the ati card than the 8800gt. Whats your take?
  • Bram van der Heijden - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    Best Anand, and other readers.
    I find it startling to see you making an assumption that's already a fact: "The Radeon HD 3870 becomes even more attractive the more expensive the 8800 GT is and the opposite is true the cheaper it gets; if the 8800 GT 512MB was available at $219, then the 3870 doesn't stand a chance."

    I'm allready able to order Club3D 8800GT's 512MB for 208,- EURO's and even XFX's for about 212,45 EURO's... so thats even less in dollars. CLub3D is a company that builds good quality reference cards, so no suprises afterwards and XFX you all know.

    So... for such a good site as Anand's i find it a bit strange you are not aware of this, and living by the quote stated above... this allready blows away the 3870... though luck again AMD.

    Anyone interested in these cards haha, check out BEE-CT


    a Dutch bloke.
  • MrKaz - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    There are rumors that in my country the ATI 3850 256MB version will cost 140€.
    160€ for the 512MB and around 200€ for the 3870.
    So this is in line with what you say.
    (all values have VAT)

    About the good luck, I think even with the slightly slower card the DX10.1 capabilities will be a selling point.
    Just ask the guys that bought the faster X800 over the 6800 and now can’t play some SM3 games.
  • jcromano - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    One Euro is worth about 1.46 USD these days, no?

    So the 208 Euro card would cost about 304 USD, right?


  • Bram van der Heijden - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    Hmmm. back to school...

    That would mean 208/1.46 = 142 something...
  • Bram van der Heijden - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    but it's not like that... damn.. ur right... that's pretty expensive...

    I was wrong... sry.
  • Parhel - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    Even though you're wrong, do you mind if I use your math on my upcoming trip to Europe? It would really help me out. :) Reply

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