Once again we see the 3870 beating its little brother, with a smaller margin however.
Last but not least we look at the uncrowned king of games. Crysis is without a doubt the most demanding game out there.
Again a victory, this time with a 20fps margin.Overclocking:
Now it's time for some overclocking. In the above benchmark the overclocked 3850 card was very close due to its overclock, but it should be possible to boost the 3870 a little too. The Zalman cooler should make it possible.
As you can see from the Futuremark benchmarks we pushed the Core and ram speeds a bit; unfortunately the boost wasn't too big. Conclusion:
In this review we've looked at the biggest single card in ATI's 3800 series from Gigabyte. The special thing about this card was its Zalman cooler and the good bundle. The performance was decent compared to its little brother, the 3850 in an overclocked edition.
I think the bundle that comes with this card is very nice. You just get a feeling that you get a little extra. It's hard to find anything missing, perhaps a DVI-HDMI adapter.
As mentioned before it wasn't possible to benchmark against Nvidia, but if you want an ATI 3870, the Gigabyte edition is without a doubt the best choice.
At the moment, the Gigabyte GV-RX387512H is priced at about 1200, - kroner, which in my opinion is okay, judging from the quality compared to other 3870 cards. Compared to its little brother, the 3850, it might be a bit pricy seeing as you can purchase the Club3d 3850 512 MB OC and get a graphicscard that performs nearly as well but for about 500, - less.
- Nice design
- Pre-fitted Zalman cooler
- Nice bundle
- Performance/price balance
- No DVI-HDMI adapter