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HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ3 TurboX 512 MB

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The HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ3 comes with a high end dual slot cooler, 512 MB of fast GDDR3 memory and increased clocks at a price tag of $199. This winning combination gets very close in performance to the much more expensive HD 3870 and can even surpass it when overclocked.

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Nice review, and definatly a nice card. I have always liked custom cooling of HIS cards, because it looks great for hardware geeks that like to look at their hardware :laugh: and for the cooling capabilities at very silent levels :toast:
 
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Awesome review and very cool vga card !! I really like the IceQ3 turboX cooler design !!
 
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Hey thats my card :D sweet review w1zz!
 
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Your one busy guy W1z - how many reviews have you done lately!?!?!

good job as always

i like the price of this card - 2%, how could possible notice that in games and actual use
 
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interesting how the two slot cooling now gets a thumbs up and a thumbs down.. he he

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interesting how the two slot cooling now gets a thumbs up and a thumbs down.. he he

trog
Yea I dont understand when reviewers put dual slot cooling down as a negative :confused: I have one running on a M-ATX board fine with enough room for one more PCI card.
 

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I love these 3850s that overclock to near 3870 speeds. They are great for the budget people out there that overclock to get their performance.
 
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Yea I dont understand when reviewers put dual slot cooling down as a negative :confused: I have one running on a M-ATX board fine with enough room for one more PCI card.
wizzard never used to give the thumbs up.. now he seems to be hedging his bets.. he he..

ten out of ten for spotting the pretty copper coloured paint.. it seems to have fooled others into thinking it is all copper..

if that 850 core really is gaming stable it goes higher than the early 3870 cards did.. the cores must be getting better.. especially if it does it on lower volts.. quite remarkable..

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Some people don't like dual-slot cooling, or don't have the room for it. I used to be one of those people that didn't like dual-slot cooling. Loosing 2 PCI slots when I run two graphics cards sucks when you have to fit a RAID card, TV Tuner, wireless card, and Sound Card in the machine. Heck, just getting a dual graphics card capable motherboard these days almost guarantees that I have to cut something(the wireless card hasn't been in use in my main rig in over a year.

Some people like dual-slot cooling, others don't. Which is why it is listed as both a postive and a negative(I assume).
 
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Nice card by HIS, and excellent comprehensive review by W1zzard, bravo! :cheers:

I have to say, I'd really prefer if HIS used a copper cooling solution instead that would bring temps down a lot. Definately on the X1950PRO it had a Copper cooler, I wonder why most mfgrs are now using anodized aluminium...

I'd say that the HD3850 is stil a better purchase than the 8800GS for several reasons, but they are pretty much open to much criticism.
 
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they use aluminium cos its cheaper and lighter.. the pretty copper colour is a con.. but it works which is all that matters.. that card is over cooled the earlier lines needed the copper.. he he

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They painted the coolers LOL. That's just damn wrong to try and fool people that they are made of copper IMO.
 
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I believe those are MSRP prices, street prices are usually lower. The 8800GT goes for $199 these days, MSRP is still $249 though.
nah AMD lowered their prices ;)