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POWERCOLOR AG3850 512MD3 Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

POWERCOLOR AG3850 512MD3 Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
alaAverage 3.2

10 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of POWERCOLOR AG3850 512MD3 Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Miscellaneous for all reviews.

On average, users rate this product 64/100.

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Still On The Fence


The 6800GT that it replaced seems to have had better performance with some applications and games

Great performance specs, decent cost (as always from Newegg)

Even after 30 years in high tech - this one requires a lot of intense thought - much confusion on which version of the driver is most appropriate. Still not 100%, as it seems to have questionable performance so far (not tweaked to its best)

Oct, 2009

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Great video card, as long as you know what it needs


Overall I recommend this card if you are like me and don't have $750-$1000 to at least build a respectable gaming machine, but know that you have some wiggle room to upgrade what you have. I am now able to play Far Cry 2 at medium settings with some...

Insanely fast for an AGP card (and don't leave comments about how much faster PCI-E cards are for a fraction of the cost!!!) Finally a card where chances are your aging 939 CPU is holding back your video card, rather than vice versa:). Allows older...

It does not allow me to use the RAID function on my motherboard anymore, for some reason or another. You need to make sure that you go online to some forums before you buy this and check that your chipset does not have known issues with this card. I...

Jul, 2009

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Waste of $$


I know AGP is a dying breed, but I can't afford to upgrade my whole system at this time. So if you got AGP, and want to squeeze the most out of your system.....STAY AWAY from the PowerCooler card!!! Do yourself a favor and get the Sapphire instead.

When it wasn't locking up my PC it worked great

Constant lockups on my PC. I tried everything from various different drivers (agp hotfix included) to updating my BIOS. No luck! My PC would just randomly freeze up on me, sometimes it would be within 5 minutes after booting up, sometimes an hour or 2....

Jul, 2009

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BAD Drivers fro HD3850


Why can't people @ ATI or PowerColor test these drivers before they sell these things?! I have an old machine, but common, techs got to know the specs of an average AGP machine with stable XP when they make an AGP card and throw drivers together for...

AGP Card with cool specs ; hoping to bring new life to an old AGP machine, but falls WAY SHORT

NO WORKING ATI DRIVERS ; I bought the POWERCOLOR AG3850 Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP from ; I have a P4 3.0 Intel Chip, ASUS P4C800 Deluxe MB & 2 GB or RAM, I also have an ANTEC 480W PSU ; I installed this card with the...

Jun, 2009

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Great VC


What did it for me finally was to install the card by itself and a fresh new install of the OS with the video card driver been the first one to install. No problems from there. I noticed the pc froze with the monitor auto shutdown feature on but was...

Great graphics support for my P4 and low temperatures ranging from 50 to 60c's no need for me to tweak the clocks. HD videos play great with this card

Driver installation can become pretty frustrating trying to get the right driver. I don't know if every driver version is different for different systems but after trying about 10 different ones I ended up with catalyst 9.4 with hotfix

May, 2009

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It would be nice to get a refund. Crosses fingers.

If you can get it to work it looks like it would be good

I've spent the last 24hours trying to fix the blue screen of death when playing some games i've done everything from the hotfix to reformating and still get it. If it wans't for this problem. I would have gave it 5 eggs but seeing how I can't play...

May, 2009

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pleasantly surprised


after I ordered this card and started reading some of the reviews and web sights concerning problems with this card, I thought about refusing delivery and going with a pci-e mother board and video card. However, I took a chance and installed this card....

easy installation ; plenty of room in mid tower case ; would have given 5 eggs but hav'nt had time to put card through all it's options yet ; looks promising though

poor instructions with card ; 9.5 xp driver does not work ; initial problem with fastfix

May, 2009

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Works great on my single core Intel system.


My machine is an: Intel P4 3.2 Ghtz 600W power supply 2 GB DDR400 ram D865Perl motherboard.

Now I am able to max out my graphics settings while playing COD 4. Works great with the ATI Catalyst 9.4 Hotfix driver. Just as people have said, it breathes new life into an old machine

Hard to find the 9.4 Catalyst "Hotfix" driver on the ATI website. You have to type "Catalyst 9.4 Hotfix" in the search bar to ever find a link to the driver. You cannot find it thru the regular driver section. Powercolor site has outdated drivers

May, 2009

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Don't know what's going on


On Nexus I have the option to use DX8 so I did that and it works but it doesn't have the quality. I'm working with a: POWERCOLOR AG3850 512MD3 Radeon HD 3850 PQI TURBO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB LGA 775...

The vid card is awesome. I play EVE online mostly with my machine. I can max out the graphics and still be running about 100 avg/FPS. Nice Control features and seems to still have potential that's untapped

About 3 weeks ago my card started to make the textures be stretched out and have the graphics REALLY glitchy. I went and found the lastest patch for it (at which found out that the 2000 and 3000 series requires a Hotfix patch) and now I have a FPS cap...

May, 2009

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Last good AGP card


This is the final upgrade to this system, and i will be buying a new computer in october. If you plan on sticking with your AGP setup for a little while longer i guess this is a good upgrade, though the money could be saved for a new mobo. Also, this...

Probably the fastest AGP card you gonna find at this point. It replaced my x1300pro and it made a huge difference. Gameplay is much smoother and i can bump up all the graphical settings to medium/high on most games now @ 1024 x 768. Fan is fairly quiet...

As everyone should know by now, you need to get the AGP hotfix drivers to make this card work. I had issues at first because i already had the hotfix drivers installed for my x1300pro. I figured i could even swap the cards and it would work fine. It...

May, 2009