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ATi Radeon HD 3850 in the test: Another price-performance hit?

ATi Radeon HD 3850 in the test: Another price-performance hit?

Price-performance ratio

In addition to the performance, the picture quality and the other properties of a modern graphics card the price plays a role for most buyersdecisive role. After all, what good is the fastest GPU if it is simply priceless? For this reason we have put together a diagram with all the 3D accelerators from the test course and looked for the cheapest prices at Geizhals . The price index is not only based on the cheapest price, the hardware must also be available. We point out that the price of the preferred 3D card can change daily, which is why permanent correctness is not guaranteed can be. (Prices as of November 27, 2007)

Price list
Unit: Euro
    • ATi Radeon HD 2400 XT
      40
    • Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT
      60
    • Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT
      70
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (3)
      75
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
      75
    • ATi Radeon X1650 XT
      85
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS
      90
    • ATi Radeon X1950 Pro
      105
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (4)
      105
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
      112
    • ATi Radeon HD 3850
      140
      Available!
    • ATi Radeon HD 3870
      210
      Not available!
    • Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT
      225
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320
      235
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
      252
      Available!
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS
      280
    • ATi Radeon HD 2900 XT
      320
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX
      340
    • ATi Radeon X1950 XTX
      345
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
      420
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra
      555

The official price recommendation from ATi for a Radeon HD 3850 is around 150 € and the market price is currently still strongly based on this requirement. The 3D accelerator is listed a bit cheaper, but the first models are only available from 140 euros - a very good price for the performance shown. In comparison, a significantly worse GeForce 8600 GTS from Nvidia costs 112 euros; There are no other competing cards in this price segment.

As a small side note, as also listed above, we also want Go back to the Radeon HD 3870 and the GeForce 8800 GT. Both price-performance ratios are currently more than just a headache. The GeForce 8800 GT is already listed at Geizhals from 208 euros, but it is only delivered immediately from 252 euros. And with the Radeon HD 3870, which currently seems to be completely out of stock, the range of non-deliverable cards extends from 173 euros to well into the 200 euros zone. So what prices are you going to take?

For the GeForce 8800 GT we used the price of the immediately available card, for the Radeon HD 3870 the price of available cards for the publication of our article on the card, 210 euros. For this reason and due to the daily fluctuations in prices and availability, our price-performance rating should be treated with great caution at the moment.

This will now be explained belowPrice-performance ratio of the cards represented in the test determined. The performance rating is divided by the price and multiplied by 1000. The result represents the performance that is commercially rounded off for one euro. The price-performance ratio was determined for various resolutions and quality settings.

Price/performance - 1280x1024 4xAA/16xAF
Unit: Percent
    • ATi Radeon HD 3850
      100.0%
    • ATi Radeon X1950 Pro
      85.5%
    • ATi Radeon HD 3870
      84.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
      84.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
      83.6%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (3)
      78.3%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
      72.4%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2400 XT
      69.7%
    • ATi Radeon X1650 XT
      66.4%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
      63.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320
      61,8%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (4)
      58,6%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
      56.6%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2900 XT
      53.3%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT
      50.0%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS
      49.3%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra
      47.4%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT
      46.1%
    • ATi RadeonX1950 XTX
      42.8%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT
      32.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX
      24.3%
Other price Performance ratings
Price/performance - 1280x1024
Unit: Percent
    • ATi Radeon HD 3850
      100.0%
    • ATi Radeon HD 3870
      81.4%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (3)
      78.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
      75.0%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
      71,8%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2400 XT
      71,3 %
    • ATi Radeon X1950 Pro
      70.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
      60.6%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (4)
      58.5%
    • ATi Radeon X1650 XT
      55.9%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS
      53.7%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2900 XT
      53.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT
      52.7%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320
      52.7%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
      52.1%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
      46.3%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT
      40.4%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra
      38.3%
    • ATi Radeon X1950XTX
      33.0%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT
      31.9%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX
      24.5%
price/Performance - 1600x1200
Unit: Percent
    • ATi Radeon HD 3850
      100.0%
    • ATi Radeon HD 3870
      84.1%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
      77.8%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (3)
      77.3%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
      70.5%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2400 XT
      69.3%
    • ATi Radeon X1950 Pro
      68.8%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
      59, 1%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (4)
      58.0%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2900 XT
      55.1%
    • ATi Radeon X1650 XT
      54.5%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320
      54.5%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
      54.5%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS
      51.1%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT
      50.0%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
      49, 4%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra
      40.9%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT
      38.6%
    • ATi Radeon X1950 XTX
      33.5%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7950GT
      30.7%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX
      23.9%
Price/performance - 1600x1200 4xAA/16xAF
Unit: Percent
    • ATi Radeon HD 3850
      100.0%
    • ATi Radeon HD 3870
      92.0%
    • ATi Radeon X1950 Pro
      89,8%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
      83.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
      78.8%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (3)
      75.9%
    • ATi Radeon X1650 XT
      71.5%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2400 XT
      67.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
      67.2%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
      66.4%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
      62.8%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320
      60.6%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT (4)
      57.7%
    • ATi Radeon HD 2900 XT
      54.7%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS
      54.0%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra
      52,6%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT
      48.9%
    • Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT
      46.7%
    • ATi Radeon X1950 XTX
      45.3%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT
      32.8%
    • Nvidia GeForce 7900GTX
      26.3%

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