ATI Radeon HD 3850 review

Enthusiast DirectX 10 graphics at a mainstream price

  • £100

Our Verdict

Finally, a genuinely affordable but powerful card with full DirectX 10 support


  • Unprecedented shader power at this price point. Slim single-slot form factor and significantly reduced power consumption. Added DX10.1 functionality


  • Anti-aliasing still performed in the shader units. Quad-card Crossfire support a bit of a gimmick

Wherever Nvidia treads, ATI must surely follow. Or is it the other way round? With their latest 3D chipset launches, Nvidia and AMD's PC graphics subsidiary have once again mirrored each other extremely closely.

There's an absolutely uncanny resemblance between ATI's new Radeon HD 3800 series and Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GT.

More than anything, both chipsets aim to bring the performance and features of current high end DirectX 10 3D cards down to a much more mainstream price point. The only differences are in the fine details and final pricing.

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