View Full Version : ATI Radeon HD3870 X2 1GB Review
01-28-2008, 10:41 AM
Here's a peak at what the newest monster from ATI is capable of.
01-28-2008, 01:48 PM
Definitely a monster, but if you already have a 3870 you will be just as good to get another for crossfire as the performance is very close.
Only thing I don't like is the 256bit bus.
01-28-2008, 06:34 PM
I can see a 1000w PSU in my future build for two of these cards.
I will wait and see what Nvidia's G100 card can do, will this ATI card be on top for very long?
01-28-2008, 10:11 PM
It is not even on the top undisputdely...the GTX/Ultra can match or beat it and my card actually tops it on a couple tests / benchmarks.
For ATI, and it's fan base it is very encouraging though, I myself am starting to have some confidence in them. Wether I go ATI or Nvidia...we as consumers need the competition.
01-29-2008, 09:20 AM
ATI beats them by Price as well and with better drivers i am sure it will pull ahead of the GTX/Ultra cards np's in all tests.
This brings me back to my thoughts of Nvidia making a dual card to match/out perform the single GPU X1900 card in tests, but in reverse this time ATI made a dual card to match or beat the top Nvidia single GPU card in the market today.
Price Per Performance = ATI right now, but lets wait until Nvidia pulls those G100 Single GPU cards out of their hat as it suppose to compete against this new dual GPU card ATI has, but again Price Per Performance will be a major factor in consumers buying decision.
01-29-2008, 05:53 PM
Price vs performance?!?!
The 3870 and 8800GT are very close in price range and very close in performance.
You can't go wrong either way...
01-29-2008, 09:16 PM
Excellent price point for these cards.
01-30-2008, 05:23 AM
meh...the GTX's have dropped to under $500 as well, in response to the 3870x2 I'm guessing. Your card and mine are fair priced too for their performance too. If one 3870 is about $250, and 2 is obviously $500 total, then one 3870x2 should be $400....$450 max total taxes in and all.
I was playing Crysis on Very High, 1440x900 and 16xAA....and getting an average 20FPS. It played smooth actually too.
I'm going SLI very shortly and I'll be mint.
Crysis CAN be maxed...if you build it, it will play!
I would like to see a high end setup testing Crysis and 3Dmark06 with two 3870x2's in xfire tho....
01-30-2008, 10:04 AM
I'm so tempted to order one or maybe two lol
I wonder if my old board can handle two cards properly. I'm not sure my 750 watt PS can handle two cards. May have to buy that 1000w I have been looking at lol.
01-30-2008, 10:36 AM
If you go for it you'll be wasting cash by getting two 3870X2's right now. ATI's drivers don't support running more then 2 gpu's at the moment.
I wonder though....... would one of these cards run in Crossfire with my "plain" 3870? That would be cool.
01-30-2008, 09:02 PM
actually look at the specs for power they dont require much at all in fact i have a 300watt power supply running my evga680i and 3870 512 ddr4 and 2 hard drives 1terrabyte in raid 0 plus blu ray and hd dvd writer. no problems whatsoever.
\m/ Rich \m/
01-30-2008, 10:20 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LoveToSing77</div><div class="ubbcode-body">actually look at the specs for power they dont require much at all in fact i have a 300watt power supply running my evga680i and 3870 512 ddr4 and 2 hard drives 1terrabyte in raid 0 plus blu ray and hd dvd writer. no problems whatsoever. </div></div>
The bigger concern about power supplies is the amperage, rather than wattage.
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