I'm not at all sure that the following inquiry posted successfully when I first submitted it, so I've attempted to repost it as follows:
I very recently installed (after disabling the original onboard graphics controller) the Sapphire HD 3850 Graphics Card in my computer (4.5 years old, but very well maintained).
I have not experienced the much discussed installation, driver and software problems that I've read about in my research prior to this purchase and installation. This graphics card, in general, appears to run fairly well so far, and CPU usage is not an issue.
However, I have concerns and questions as follows:
1) After installing this card and the Catalyst
9.6 HOTFIX directly from the Sapphire site,
I find that there is an immediate reduction
of 512 MB of available RAM for my system
(3328 MB vs 3840 MB).
2) My computer generates more noise
(droaning fan hum) than it did before this
graphics card installation, inspite of the
statements of 'very quiet' operation. It
seems that the additional noise is coming
from the shrouded heat exhaust fan
positioned adjacent to the mobo heat sink
at the rear of my computer (original
equipment but not the PSU fan). This fan
seems to be working harder. The graphics
card fan noise is perceptable but not
1) Is the reduction of available RAM for my
system (512 MB) to be expected with this
2) Is the increased computer noise to be
expected with this graphics card?
3) If not, (referring to both previous questions),
what adjustments can I make to correct the
additional RAM usage and/or increased
My basic system info:
Dell Optiplex GX270
XP Pro SP3
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
4 GB DDR1 333 RAM
Sapphire HD 3850 AGP Graphics Card
Corsair VX550w PSU
As I'm not a 'Gamer', I do not require the
'state-of-the-art'. My purpose for this ATI based graphics card is to provide better 'product design' software functionality on my sytem until I replace it (when MS Windows 7 actually proves to be consistently reliable and superior to XP Pro).
Thank you all for your help!