ATI Radeon HD 3850: specs and benchmarks

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ATI Radeon HD 3850
ATI Radeon HD 3850
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 668 MHz
  • Max video memory 1024
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1660 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2007
Performance 1.04


ATI started Radeon HD 3850 sales 19 November 2007 at a recommended price of $179. This is a TeraScale architecture desktop card based on 55 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 1 GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1.66 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 53.12 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is single-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 208 mm. 1x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 75 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at


of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

Some basic facts about Radeon HD 3850: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating957
Value for money0.37
ArchitectureTeraScale (2005−2013)
GPU code nameRV670
Market segmentDesktop
Release date19 November 2007
(15 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$179
Current price$30 (0.2x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
Value for money

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Technical specs

Radeon HD 3850's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 3850's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores320of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed668 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors666 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology55 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)75 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate10.69of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance427.5 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 3850's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length208 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin


Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 3850: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR3
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1660 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth53.12 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 3850. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x S-Video

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 3850, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX10.1 (10_1)
Shader Model4.1
OpenGL3.3of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 3850. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

ATI HD 3850 1.04
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This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

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Is Radeon HD 3850 good for gaming?

Let's see how good Radeon HD 3850 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 3850 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.

Radeon HD 3850 NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 3850 from NVIDIA is GeForce 810M, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

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User rating

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