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VisionTek Black Box HD3850 Review

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At OverclockersClub.com, we use a series of gaming benchmarks to stress the graphics card. The VisionTek HD3850 is a pre-overclocked card. As such, the expectation is that it will indeed perform better than the stock speed cards in this comparison. I'll be comparing this card against the Sapphire HD3850 and Diamond HD3850, as well as the Sapphire HD3870. I'm really curious to see how the VisionTek compares to the three of them. In addition to those ATI cards, I'll also be comparing it to the eVGA 8800GTS 640MB. Let's see how the VisionTek HD3850 stands up to all those cards.


Test System: 

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
  • Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6
  • VisionTek HD3850 512MB
  • G. Skill 2GB (2x1GB)
  • OCZ GameXStream 600W Power Supply
  • Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition
  • Driver Version 7.12

Comparison Cards: 


Gaming Benchmarks:

  • Far Cry: Hardware OC (Ubisoft Volcano)
  • F.E.A.R. (Performance Test)
  • Call of Duty 2: Stalingrad (FRAPS)
  • Quake 4: Hardware OC
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted (FRAPS)
  • BioShock (FRAPS)


Benchmark: Far Cry

To kick off the benchmarking of this card, I will begin with a well known first-person shooter called Far Cry. This game demands a lot from your video card. Let's see how this card can handle what Far Cry dishes out.


  • Maximum quality option, Direct3D renderer
  • Level: Volcano, demo: Volcano.tmd
  • Pixel shader: model 2.0b
  • Antialising: 4×
  • Anisotropic filtering: 8×
  • HDR: disabled
  • Geometry Instancing: disabled
  • Normal-maps compression: disabled



Against all the HD3850 cards, the VisionTek ended up finishing behind at a resolution of 1680x1050, which definitely surprises me considering the card comes overclocked.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Installation
  4. Configuration
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing (Setup, Benchmark: Far Cry)
  7. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  8. Benchmark: BioShock
  9. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  10. Benchmark: Quake 4
  11. Benchmark: NFS: Most Wanted
  12. Benchmark: 3DMark 06
  13. Benchmark: Crysis
  14. Conclusion
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