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As you can see, the card’s only difference with HD 3850 256MB is the memory interface, limited in 128bit. The card is only available in China, as cheap as 126 USD. If the card can sell outside China, i believe it will be even cheaper.[/


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oh cool man.. its a 3850 with 128bit bus width.. being on a budget would i see anything different from my 7800gt
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Wow so that means if it were to arrive here it would probably be around $100. Is it really that cheap to make 128bit instead of 256? This card won't be much better than an 8600GTS.
    
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Wow so that means if it were to arrive here it would probably be around $100. Is it really that cheap to make 128bit instead of 256? This card won't be much better than an 8600GTS.
lol @ your post man... its the exact same thing as a 3850 except the memory is crippled... for people who play at 1280x1024 this card will be perfectly fine, and seeing as how the 3850 performs LIGHTYEARS better than the 8600, i would say this card (at low-ish res) will destroy an 8600gts
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i wanna CF those in my new budget rig! oh lawd!
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lol @ your post man... its the exact same thing as a 3850 except the memory is crippled... for people who play at 1280x1024 this card will be perfectly fine, and seeing as how the 3850 performs LIGHTYEARS better than the 8600, i would say this card (at low-ish res) will destroy an 8600gts
1440 considered a low res?
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1440 considered a low res?
Yep - it's actually smaller than 1280x1024, 1296000 total pixels compared to 1310720.
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1440 considered a low res?
IMO, around 1680x1050 or 1600x1200 is where I consider "high res" kicks in. 1440x900 I consider ~ "medium" res, but those are obviously subjective terms. It's hard to tell what resolution the card may begin to struggle at without actually testing it, though. Another factor is AA and AF. We've seen both these utilize memory quite a bit, so it will be interesting to see how this card does.

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This card won't be much better than an 8600GTS.
While we don't know this for sure - I'd be willing to bet you're wrong. Memory bus aside, the 3xxx series is just a better card. I have a strong feeling the 3690 will outperform the 8600 by quite a bit, even with the same bus. We'll just have to wait and see.
    
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While we don't know this for sure - I'd be willing to bet you're wrong. Memory bus aside, the 3xxx series is just a better card. I have a strong feeling the 3690 will outperform the 8600 by quite a bit, even with the same bus. We'll just have to wait and see.
The only thing that is better on this card than the 8600GTS is the pixel fill rate, which does account for a considerable amount, but I doubt it will come into play with the crippled bandwidth. The 8600GTS has an extra 5GB/s bandwidth than this.
    
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The only thing that is better on this card than the 8600GTS is the pixel fill rate, which does account for a considerable amount, but I doubt it will come into play with the crippled bandwidth. The 8600GTS has an extra 5GB/s bandwidth than this.
quite wrong there. Pixel filtrate is as important, if not more, then the memory bandwidth. More pixel filtrate=higher res=more fps
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