Sapphire Supports AGP with HD 3850
Sapphire Technology today announced support for legacy PC systems using the AGP graphics bus with a new product in its HD 3000 series. The HD 3850 AGP is available with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, running at 846MHz (1.7GHz effective) and has a core clock speed of 700MHz. It is a standard ATX format card using a single-slot design with an active fan cooler. The HD 3850 AGP shares many of the same features as its PCI-Express brethren such as 320 stream processors and 512-bit internal ring bus memory controller, unified shader architecture with support for Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10.1 support. The GPU is based on the 55nm manufacturing process and features ATI PowerPlay that actively reduces power consumption depending on loading. Additional power is supplied through an on-board 8-pin PCI-Express connector and the card comes packaged with an adapter cable allowing users to utilize a standard power connector. The Sapphire HD 3850 AGP incorporates the latest ATI Avivo™ HD Technology for enhanced Video display and features 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. Two independent display output controllers provide support for two dual link DVI displays as well as TV-out and HD TV options. HDCP is supported. Pricing and availability were not announced.