Single-slot Sapphire Atomic HD 3870 reviewed
As per the cooler, it takes up less space than the normal two slot cooling solutions that come with most manufacturer’s 3870s, but what most impressed me was that where we might think bigger is better, in this case smaller was better by a decent amount… Sapphire has relayed that the price of the card will only be ten to fifteen dollars above what you can buy a standard HD3870 for, this I consider a deal… So what would I consider Atomic about the Sapphire HD 3870 Atomic Edition? Well, as for it packing an Atomic punch in performance, no. With the heatsink being a single slot cooling solution, it does it have the efficiency to cool better than the larger two slot solution? Yes. What would I consider the best value out of the whole package would have to be the bundle of software, HDMI cable and Cold Cathodes.
I couldn’t end this story without mentioning the card’s bundled extras. Sapphire has thrown in PowerDVD 7, Cyberlink DVD Suite, 3DMark 06, The Black Box (Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal), a $30 game voucher, a nine foot HDMI cable, and among the usual things like CrossFire bridges and various cables, some cold cathode lights!