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SAPPHIRE Launches Passive Cooled HD 3870 ULTIMATE Edition


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SAPPHIRE Technology, industry leader in alternative cooling solutions for PC graphics, has just launched a new ULTIMATE Edition of the top of the range HD 3870 – topping it’s previous claim for the fastest passive cooled graphics card in the World by delivering even more performance. The SAPPHIRE HD 3870 ULTIMATE Edition has 512MB of GDDR4 memory, running at 1125MHz (2.25GHz effective) and has a core clock speed of 775MHz, delivering the same exciting levels of graphics performance as the standard model – but featuring a totally fanless and silent four heatpipe cooler.

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They mention the cooler and the clocks once in a single sentence, then go on to talk about the general 3870 for the rest of the article. Great marketing guys.

Also, lol at the HDCP logo on the back with the little lock.

At least the pictures aren't puny like most of the ones in these articles.


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And your point is? Thanks for the article Malware. Personally, Im leery of any passively cooled card. Granted the 3870 isnt a beast for heat, but I mean, with OCs on it, Im sure it gets nice and warm.
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I can't believe I'm the first one to stick my nose up and say "Looks like a Thermalright cooler."
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Personally, I was thinking, "If only is was a Thermalright cooler."

At least they oriented the heatpipes correctly.
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And your point is? Thanks for the article Malware. Personally, Im leery of any passively cooled card. Granted the 3870 isnt a beast for heat, but I mean, with OCs on it, Im sure it gets nice and warm.
If my 8800GT runs fine with a passive AcceleroS1 with rather low temps (load at 55*C, idle 42~44*C), and even when OC'ed. There is no need to fear passive GPUs. Okay let me correct myself, there is no need to fear passive GPU coolers that are designed by a cooling mfgr, however there is a need to fear proprietary passive solutions such as this one...
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3850 had a bigger cooler (edit)- not, i confused it with some other picture. Wonder how this will handle the heat. Never had any experience with hd3k series, but this will work nice and hot. Put an aluminum plate on it and you can fry yourself some eggs :p
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What is the cooler made out of? Nickle plated copper w/ Aluminum fins or all aluminum? I would avoid it if it was all aluminum.


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prob is all al so they could save on weight but not sure...i wonder how it oc's