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Diamond Multimedia HD 3850 Ruby Edition 512 MB

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Diamond has designed their HD 3850 Ruby Edition with additional cooling performance in mind. Their cooler is a custom dual-slot solution which does quite a good job at keeping the card cool. In addition to that the memory has been doubled to 512 MB of GDDR3.

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Nice to see that it overclocks to beyond 3870 speeds, of course a 3870 will overclock further, but for $199 this is a damn good looking cards.
 
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Great review as usual W1zz but I couldn't help laughing at the part where you state that it has more and FASTER memory.....

The memory of a reference 3850 is 828mhz and the memory on this diamond ducks nuts version is a whopping 830mhz!!!! holy cow... :laugh: its hardly worth mentioning..
 

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10/10 review! I love how you used hardware most people that will be looking at this card have. Alot of benchmarks too! :D
 
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Great review as usual W1zz but I couldn't help laughing at the part where you state that it has more and FASTER memory.....

The memory of a reference 3850 is 828mhz and the memory on this diamond ducks nuts version is a whopping 830mhz!!!! holy cow... :laugh: its hardly worth mentioning..
i meant faster memory chips to allow more overclocking
 

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Not happy at the way the memory banks are cooled. Many board-partners are ignoring active cooling to the memory eg: the board from Gigabyte that uses an awesome Zalman cooler to the GPU but leaves the memory banks to natural convection. This is a bad trend. The heatsink of this Diamond card, I doubt, makes any contact with the memory banks, leaving them to cool only by the fan's air-flow and no denser medium to dissipate heat. To me the heatsink looks similar to those made by Palit with the exception of the fan and metal plate. Power circuits lack cooling too. I Wonder why they even gave a double slot design and if the second slot's air vents are merely for air flow, the heatsink's metal plate plays fowl. The Gigabyte card's spans two slots but the card itself comes with only one expansion clot bracket.
 

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how come in 3DMark06 its not run with

1600 x 1200, 4x Anti-aliasing, 16x anisotropic filter
2048 x 1536, 4x Anti-aliasing, 16x anisotropic filter ?
 
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Great Review there although could they have found a more ugly cooler to fit on that card?!
 
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What an excellent review, it had a big influence on my decision to order one of these for $169.99 after $10.00 rebate from Newegg.
 
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