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Sapphire Atomic HD3870 Review



An atom is the smallest particle known to man and if that atom is split, it can cause devastation in such great proportion its effects will last for years. Since the creation of the atom bomb in the 1940s, man has been trying to harness the energy of the atom and use it for sources of energy other than devastation. We have been living in the atomic age for over sixty years and man still has much more to learn in order utilize it to its fullest potential. Since most of the population is aware of what an atom can do on a nuclear level, many manufacturers name or use the word Atomic in their products to either express that said product has incredible power or is small in stature, or sometimes a combination of both.

The Sapphire HD 3870 Atomic Edition is a product that uses the word atomic, but is it to profess that the Sapphire card is fast and should blow the other video cards in its class out of the water? The HD 3870 Atomic Edition is an overclocked version of the ATI Radeon 670 chipset, which is the basis of the 3800 series of graphics solutions. The Sapphire HD 3870 Atomic Edition also has something small which would be its heatsink. The heatsink is a single slot cooling solution which utilizes a vapor-x chamber to enhance its cooling properties. So what will we be able to relate the Atomic Edition to,  performance, size, or both?


Closer Look:

The Sapphire HD 3870 Atomic Edition comes packaged for awe. It is encased in a silver briefcase with the Atomic logo on its face.



When the case is opened, you get the feeling that something interesting will be contained within its confines. The case is very well insulated and also has a plastic cell covering the Sapphire HD 3870 which is surrounded by a mountain of pink Styrofoam.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Configuration
  4. Configuration Continued
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing (Setup, Overclocking & Benchmarks)
  7. Testing: Crysis
  8. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  9. Testing: BioShock
  10. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  11. Testing: World in Conflict
  12. Testing: Call of Jaurez
  13. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  14. Extras
  15. Conclusion
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