ASUS Splendid MA3850M launched

Posted on Thursday, May 08 2008 @ 02:16 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ASUS, leading provider of high-performance and innovative graphics solutions, today launched the world’s first stand-alone color processor with a modularized graphics card – the ASUS Splendid MA3850M; which combines a video enhance card with the ASUS Splendid HD processor and a modularized VGA card. The ASUS Splendid HD processor increases image quality to deliver sharper, more vividly colored visual outputs without increasing CPU loadings; while automatically selecting the best possible display modes for exceptional quality visuals. On par with generic ATI Radeon™ HD 3850 VGA cards in terms of 3DMark performance, the Splendid MA3850M is able to reduce power consumption for more energy savings. Additionally, the overall length of the Splendid MA3850M is 27% shorter than generic ATI Radeon™ HD 3850 graphics cards – allowing a perfect fit even for smaller-chassis users.

Enhanced Image Quality without Increasing CPU Load
The ASUS Splendid HD processor utilizes the newest generation of Splendid video intelligence technology. This provides vibrant and fine-tuned images in conditions most favorable to the human eye, without any increase in CPU loading. Watching movies on PC monitors can now be as good as watching them on top-of-the-line consumer televisions, all thanks to the 7-region color enhancement, 12-bit gamma correction, real-time 2D peaking and dynamic contrast engine of this powerful chip. In addition, it automatically selects the best possible display modes for the most exceptional quality visuals – with inclusions of a Photo Mode, Video Mode, and Game Mode. Furthermore, it allows users to adjust image sharpness and optimization according to the display panel.

Lower Power Consumption for Energy Savings
The ASUS Splendid MA3850M also comes with the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3850 GPU that supports the ATI PowerPlay™ technology. It also provides breakthrough energy efficiency in terms of performance-per-Watt while retaining outstanding 3DMark06 scores* – making it the best green product for gaming enthusiasts.

Unique Hardware Design
With a length that is 27% shorter than generic ATI Radeon™ HD 3850 graphics cards, the Splendid MA3850M will still fit perfectly for smaller-chassis users**. It is also designed on a stylish black circuit board, and the fansink and bracket exude a feeling of ‘gamer-chic’ – making the Splendid MA3850M an attractive and physically appealing product for users to enjoy 3D Gaming and home theater at the same time. Last but not the least, the modularized design concept makes the graphics card able to be easily upgraded in the future.


Splendid MA3850M/HTDI/512M

Video & Graphics Engine

ASUS Splendid HD & ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850

Video Memory

512MB DDR3

Engine Clock

668 MHz

Memory Clock

1.65GHz (828MHz DDR3)

Memory Interface


DVI Max. Resolution

2560 * 1600 ( via DVI-I port )

Bus Standard

PCI Express

DVI Output

one DVI-D ( supporting Splendid ) and one DVI-I

HDCP compliant


D-Sub Output

YES, via DVI-I to D-Sub adaptor

HDTV Output

YES, via HDTV Out cable

HDMI Output

YES, via DVI-D to HDMI adaptor

Adaptor/Cable Bundled

DVI-I to-D-Sub adapter
HDTV-out cable
DVI-D to-HDMI adaptor
Internal USB Cable

Software Bundled

ASUS Utilities & Driver

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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