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Sapphire Atomic HD3870 Review



Since the Sapphire Atomic Edition has its own cooler for a single slot solution below please find a slide preview on how the technology works. The Spider Platform (AMD) will be able to run CrossFire X, or as I like to call it, Quad-Fire. There is one problem with that, two slot solutions will not fit in most expansion slots in 99% of the cases on the market, so how can you use four cards with dual slot solutions without removing a heatsink or two? Much less, how will you be able to utilize your other PCI and PCI-E slots on the motherboard with them all covered?

This is Sapphire's solution to that problem. The Vapor-X is much quieter in my opinion but without a decimeter I cannot show the difference between the regular heatsink and the Vapor-X. So please take my word on this one. As per temperatures, Idle for the Vapor-X is 41 C opposed to 46 C with the standard Sapphire heatsink that comes on the 3870. For load, the temperatures were 77 C (Atomic) and 86 C (standard). Room temperature was 23 C during testing.









  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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