ATI Radeon HD 3850: specs and benchmarks

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ATI Radeon HD 3850
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 1.66
Graphics card Technical data and tests
ATI Radeon HD 3850
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ATI started Radeon HD 3850 sales 19 November 2007 at a recommended price of $179. This is 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


percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 3850's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating872
Value for money0.37
GPU code nameRV670
Market segmentDesktop
Release date19 November 2007 (13 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$179
Price now$30 (0.2x MSRP)of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)
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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 14080 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Core clock speed668 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors666 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology55 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)75 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate10.69of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)
Floating-point performance427.5 gflopsof 2918.4 (GRID K340)

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 video 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 don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR3
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed1660 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth53.12 GB/sof 1024 (Radeon VII)

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 video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

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 1.66
  • Passmark

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.

ATI HD 3850 442

Game benchmarks

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.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 3850 from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 625 OEM, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 625 OEM GeForce GT 625 OEM

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 3850:

Similar GPUs

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

ATI Radeon HD 3850 AGP Radeon HD 3850 AGP
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT GeForce 9800 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX GeForce 7900 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT GeForce 9600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 5550 Radeon HD 5550
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Radeon HD 4670

User rating

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