Sapphire HD3850 Ultimate Edition ReviewMakaveli - March 6, 2008
Category: Video Cards
Price: $204.99 USD
Most enthusiasts would agree that silence is an ideal trait for all computer hardware components. It’s nice to be able to leave your computer on all night and not have it bother you with the annoying noise given off by the GPU fan. I’ve only had a few video cards that have been dead silent but most of the cards I’ve ever used were just slightly too loud for me to be able to sleep without them waking me up. Sapphire has a line of graphic cards that it calls the “Ultimate Edition” and every single video card that I have ever tested from this line has been dead silent. Will the Sapphire HD 3850 Ultimate be any different?
The Sapphire HD 3850 Ultimate Edition does not have any fans onboard. Instead, it is passively cooled by a massive heatsink. If there aren’t any fans, you know that the video card does not make a sound. How will Sapphire’s “Ultimate” 3850 do when it’s compared against other HD 3850s on the market? Let’s see what this Sapphire HD 3850 Ultimate Edition can do!
The Sapphire HD 3850 Ultimate Edition comes packaged in a glossy box that features a female equipped with a sword. There are some key features and technologies listed on the front of the box. The back of the box lists what is included inside the box, as well as some product highlights.
The card is securely held in place with pink padding. Included with the card is a Crossfire connector, HDTV breakout cable, 4-pin power cable to 6-pin PCI-E converter, DVI to HDMI converter, DVI to VGA converter, and a TV out connector. There are multiple free pieces of software included such as 3DMark06, CyberLink DVD Suite, Cyberlink PowerDVD, and the driver CD. Sapphire also includes a manual and a free subscription to “The Black Box” which features multiple new games such as Portal.
Now let’s take a closer look at the Sapphire HD 3850 Ultimate Edition video card itself.