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Diamond Viper HD3850 Crossfire Review



At OverclockersClub.com, we use a series of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of newer, as well as a few more seasoned, gaming benchmarks to show how well the Diamond Viper HD 3850 compares to some of the performance video card offerings on the market. All driver settings and clockspeeds will be left at factory default settings on both the CPU and GPU to minimize or eliminate any variables from impacting the results. The test system used in this review is listed below.


Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel Q6600 Core2Quad 266X9
  • Motherboard: Abit IP35 Pro
  • Memory: 2x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 400FSB 5-4-4-12
  • Video Card(s): Diamond Multimedia HD 3850 256mb X 2
  • Power Supply: Ultra X3 Modular Power supply
  • Hard Drive: 2x WD 250GB 16MB cache SATA
  • Opticals: BenQ DW-1655 Lightscribe DVD-R, Sony DVD-ROM
  • O/S: Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Comparison Card 1: Asus 2900XT
  • Comparison Card 2: PNY 8800GTS 640MB
  • Comparison Card 3: Asus 8800GTX 768 MB


Gaming BenchMarks:

  • Far Cry
  • F.E.A.R.
  • Quake 4
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • Call of Duty II
  • BioShock
  • Crysis
  • 3DMark06


Far Cry:

First up, we have Crytek's first-person shooter, Far Cry. This game makes extensive use of pixel shaders and features polybump normal mapping technology to increase character details.

We will be using the Hardware OC Benchmarking Utility version 1.8 with the following settings:

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




The Diamond cards are outclassed by the higher end cards at the lower resolutions. At 1680x1050, the Crossfire setup beats the 2900XT single card and at least makes a show against the 8800GTS.

  1. Introduction
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation & Configuration
  4. Installation & Configuration ( Continued)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Benchmarking; FarCry
  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: 3D Mark 06
  13. Benchmark: Crysis
  14. Conclusion
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