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SAPPHIRE Officially Launches HD 3870 ATOMIC

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  1. Jimmy 2004

    Jimmy 2004 New Member

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    Following the launch of its exciting new gaming portal, www.sapphireatomic.com – SAPPHIRE Technology introduces a new limited edition product under the SAPPHIRE ATOMIC brand.

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    The SAPPHIRE HD 3870 ATOMIC version features an exciting new single slot cooler – the first in the world to feature Vapor-X – SAPPHIRE’s implementation of Vapour Chamber Technology (VCT). This advanced cooling solution provides more efficient and quieter cooling allowing the ATOMIC edition to ship overclocked out of the box, and to allow enthusiasts even more scope for performance tuning. The single slot design allows the use of multiple cards in the latest CrossFireX configurations even where PCI-Express slots are sited closely together.

    SAPPHIRE HD3870 ATOMIC ships in an exclusive aluminium case, with an unrivalled bundle including CCL UV lamp, HDMI adapter and 3m HDMI cable, Black Box games bundle and a discount voucher ($30 in US, 20 Euros in Europe and £15 in UK) in addition to all the standard cables and software.

    The SAPPHIRE HD 3870 ATOMIC has 512MB of high performance GDDR4 memory, clocked at 1200MHz (2.4GHz effective) and the GPU core is pre-overclocked at 825MHz. Supporting the new CrossFireX technology, two high speed connectors on each card allow 2, 3 or even 4 graphics cards to be daisy-chained together for enhanced performance when installed in a CrossFireX mainboard.

    Models in the HD 3000 series incorporate the latest ATI Avivo HD Technology for enhanced Video display and feature a built in UVD (Unified Video decoder) for the hardware accelerated decoding of Blu-ray and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, considerably reducing CPU loading. The dedicated HDMI adaptor delivers true audio and video output on a single cable for direct connection to an HDMI ready display.

    SAPPHIRE HD 3000 series graphics cards are Microsoft Windows Vista Premium certified and supported by the ATI Catalyst suite of software, ensuring customers have ongoing access to software updates for performance, stability and added features. Support for DirectX10.1 provides developers with access to enhanced programming techniques and new lighting effects.

    Source: SAPPHIRE
  2. crow1001 New Member

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    WTF, the case it comes in is worth more than the card LOL.:laugh:
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    anyone knwo the price?
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    Wow, that's an amazing presentation.
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    If you buy 4 of these for crossfire x its gonna come in a huge box cuz of the silver cases.
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    i have the same feeling, too shiny :laugh:
  7. btarunr

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    Newegg.com had these for $299.99 +sh last week and it's out of stock now. I bet they'll step-up the price by at least 20% with the next stocks.

    I feel this card is a boon for those CrossFire X potential-buyers who would choose motherboards with closely stacked PCI-E slots (and also where the PCI-E slots are adjecent to eachother, dual-slot cards won't fit). The cooler is advertised to work well in these scenarios.

    The packaging reminds me of the ATI Radeon X1950 XTX Uber Edition (pair of two cards in a briefcase)
  8. erocker

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    I wonder what you have to pay for shipping?
  9. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

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    my atomic review sample should be here tomorrow, so expect a review soon :) and yes it has to go back to sapphire
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    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Cant wait W1z. I'm dying to see the cooler dissected.
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    Meh, I think I'll just settle for some other brand. Paying $299 simply for the name ATOMIC, shiny briefcase, and small overclock seems ridiculous to me. Oh and I forgot its single slot, better to just get a vf900 or some other uber cooler for $40-$50 and REALLY push the clock speeds to their limits.
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    Looking forward to that. I want to see how the cooler compares to the regular two slot.
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    ty wizz cant wait to see cooling specs:rockout:
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    You have to send it back to them? Booooooooo!
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    Wow,Its so shiny.You will have to pay lots of shipping for crossfirex it seems :D :D It kinda remind me of that ATI Radeon X1950XTX Uber edition.Which was limited,had some proof of purchase like thing and a briefcase with a lock .:D
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    i think that was the 1 with the old CEO's signature on em wasn't it?
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    wow that was fast.
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    Wonderful review!:toast: If these can be found for a decent price, I would love two in crossfire, perhaps even more than a single 3870x2. I wonder how many of these Sapphire is going to make?
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    On page 4-A Closer Look, you state that:

    "The GDDR3 memory chips are made by Samsung and carry the model number K4U52324QE-BC08. With 0.8ns they are the fastest GDDR3 memory chips available on the market today and should be able to handle at least 1250 MHz (if the memory controller in the GPU can handle that speed)."

    If I'm not mistaken, these are GDDR4 from what I've read up on :toast:
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    They are. Just a simple error is all :)

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