Performance in Futuremark Tests
The ATI Radeon HD 3870 scores a mere 57 points more than the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB but that’s enough for it to claim absolute superiority in 3DMark05. The ATI Radeon HD 3850 in its turn scores only 105 points less than the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, which is a brilliant performance for a $159 product.
The individual tests we ran at higher display resolutions and with enabled 4x FSAA produce a different picture, of course, yet the Radeon HD 3800 is never slower than the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB and even leaves it far behind in the second test that puts a stress on processing vertex shaders. The junior model is a loser just as you could expect, yet it is about as fast as the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB in a few cases.