Asus EAH3850 X2 Video Card Review

Posted: May 7 2008, 12:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:24am CDT , in Computer Hardware


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Features & Specifications
The Asus EAH3850 X2 has a pair of HD3850 GPUs on one card with 1GB of RAM. The core clock for the GPUs is 668 MHz and 1658 MHz on the memory. Outputs include dual DVI and a TV out via an adapter. A DVI to HDMI adapter is also included. To run the card in CrossFire mode you need a PSU with a 6-pin and an 8-pin connector. A single card can be run with dual 6-pin connectors.

Test Machine
The test system I will be using for this review has the following specifications:

  • Motherboard: Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe (RD790)
  • Floppy: Sony (black)
  • DVD Rom: SATA Asus (black)
  • DVD RW: SATA Sony (black)
  • Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD SATA (150GB)
  • Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA
  • Power Supply: SEASONIC M12SS-700HM 700WATTS
  • Chassis: Lian Li PC-7B Plus (Black)
  • Heat Sink: AMD validated B3 model AJIGO MF091-096 CPU COOLER
  • Memory: Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5D (2x1GB = 2GB total)
  • Operating system: Vista Ultimate 32-bit

    Benchmarks & Testing
    To test the Asus EAH3850 X2 I will be using 3DMark06, Quake Wars, Crysis, and Bioshock. The first test up is 3DMark06.

    To test the Asus EAH3850 X2 I ran 3DMark06 at default settings in the application and in the ATI control panel. The Asus EAH3850 X2 scored as follows on 3DMark06:

    • Total 3DMarks- 12716
    • SM2.0- 4931
    • HDR/SM3.0- 6231
    • CPU- 3387
    • Return to Proxycon- 40.226
    • Firefly Forest- 41.950
    • Canyon Flight- 71.988
    • Deep Freeze- 52.630
    • CPU1- 1.099
    • CPU2- 1.670

    To compare the Asus EAH3870 Top I reviewed scored 11021 3DMarks, the single GPU EAH3850 Top scored 10257 3DMarks and the PowerColor HD 3850 Xtreme scored 11377 3DMarks.

    Quake Wars
    The first game test up was Quake Wars which I ran at 1920 x 1200 with all settings on high, shaders on ultra and 8x AA. I used Fraps to record frame rate data on a the single player Africa refinery map. Fraps recorded the following frame rate data:

    • Min- 18 fps
    • Avg- 42.392 fps
    • Max- 62 fps

    The next game up was Crysis. I ran the game at 1600 x 1200 with 2x AA and all settings on medium. Fraps recorded the following frame rate data on a single player game from the initial beach insertion:

    • Min- 15 fps
    • Avg- 26.5 fps
    • Max- 40 fps

    The final game test up was Bioshock and it was run at 1920 x 1200 with all settings on high and all settings on. Fraps recorded the following frame rate data:

    • Min- 32 fps
    • Avg- 57.462
    • Max- 63 fps

    Final Thoughts
    After all the testing was done there was no doubt that the Asus EAH3850 X2 is the fastest ATI video card I have tested. It isn’t as fast as the top cards from NVIDIA like the 9800 GX2, but it’s not as expensive either. The Asus EAH3850 X2 retails for around $350.




    • Good performance
    • Good price


    • No game bundle

    If you want the single fastest ATI graphics card this side of Asus’ own EAH3870 X2, the EAH3850 X2 we are looking at today is the way to go. This card has lots of performance at a good price and looks pretty cool too.


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