The product: Moving on to the firm part, because it's time to see how Gigabyte and ATI has chosen to design this graphicscard. The first thing you notice is that Gigabyte has chosen to use the dark blue PCB, that they also use with the motherboards, showing that they have transferred the successful components from their motherboards.
As mentioned previously a Zalman cooler has been fitted on the graphicscard. It's the popular Zalman VF-100 ALCU, known for being quiet as well as effective.
Connection wise there's nothing revolutionary. Everything is as it usually is with an S-Video connection that can be connected to the VIVO-box and 2 DVI connections that can be used as VGA with the bundled VGA adapters.
As you would expect from a high end graphicscard, a PCI-Express power connector has been fitted in the usual top right side. In the opposite end we find the Crossfire connections. Besides the ATI Catalyst Control Center, Gigabyte also provides their overclocking software Heads Up Display User Interface, in short HUD. In this software you're able to overclock the graphicscard by controlling frequencies and voltages.
The test: The Gigabyte GV-RX387512H has been tested with the following system:
- Abit IX38 Quad GT - Intel Core2Duo E8200 @ 3600MHz - 2x1GB Corsair Dominator PC2-8500 - 1 x WD 320 GB - Antec 500W - Windows Vista 32 bit
Because this is my first graphicscard review on tweak.dk, and due to the fact that my 8800GT fried yesterday, comparison cards are limited. The Gigabyte GV-RX387512H will only be compared to its little brother, the 3DClub 3850 512mb OC.
We'll start with the classic 3 versions of the Futuremark 3DMark series, meaning 3DMark03, 3DMark05 and 3DMark06. All tests have been performed with default settings.