Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB Graphics Card Review
Diamond Improves on the HD 3870
Back in November of 2007 AMD released the Radeon HD 3800-series of graphics cards to a mostly positive reaction. The HD 3870 was the "high end" card meant to compete with NVIDIA's 8800 GT card while the HD 3850 was aimed at the 8600 GTS and other mid-range solutions. Back then the HD 3870 was a 512MB card and the HD 3850 was 256MB - but times have shifted since then and in an attempt to keep up with increasing competition from NVIDIA in all price ranges we have seen both cards double their frame buffers. You can now easily find HD 3850 cards with 512MB of memory and today Diamond is the first card vendor to create a 1GB version of the HD 3870.
The GPU specifications and technical details remain unchanged from the reference HD 3870 cards we have become quite familiar with. The only exception is that Diamond has slightly overclocked this card to squeeze out every bit of performance available to it.
The Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB
With the most recent HD 3870 card releases, including the Visiontek review we recently posted, AMD and its partners have revised the cooler to be a bit quieter and slightly more efficient as well.
Included in the box with the Diamond card is pretty much all you need to get started. There is a component HDTV dongle as well as an S-Video/composite adaptor cable to address most TV output options. They have also included a VGA-to-DVI adapter and the grey DVI-to-HDMI adapter; a twin Molex to PCIe power adapter rounds out the collection along with some documentation and driver CD.
Wait, didn't I mention this card was overclocked? Yep, check out the next page for that!