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AMD Launches ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

AMD Launches ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

When AMD released the Radeon HD 2900 XT in May of last year, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths.  Not because the product was all that bad, but because it seemed AMD was content to leave NVIDIA uncontested at the high-end of the 3D graphics card market.  If you remember, when the Radeon HD 2900 XT launched AMD had targeted the mid-range GeForce 8800 GTS, and not NVIDIA’s high-end 8800 GTX or Ultra.  It seemed as if AMD just didn’t want to be in the fight for 3D graphics supremacy any longer and enthusiasts like yourselves, who seek nothing but the highest performing products, were left with only a single option.

Thankfully things have changed in the last few months.  After the R600 shipped, AMD’s engineers went right back to work.  And in November AMD released the Radeon HD 3800 series of products, which were based on an updated GPU design that performed much like the R600, but with more moderate power and thermal characteristics.  The new GPU, formerly codenamed RV670, still wasn’t quite as fast as NVIDIA’s higher-end offerings, but its low power profile gave AMD the ability to engineer the product we’ll be showcasing here today, the Radeon HD 3870 X2.

The Radeon HD 3870 X2 was codenamed R680 throughout its development.  Although that codename implies the card is powered by a new GPU, it is not.  The Radeon HD 3870 X2 is instead powered by a pair of RV670 GPUs linked together on a single PCB by a PCI Express fan-out switch.  In essence, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 is “CrossFire on a card”.  Take a look...

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Like Bioshock!!! Big Smile

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Sorry I keep asking questions here but I am really interested in this product because my next build I am finally going to be done with Nforce boards (thank God) and I was curious what model of the regular 3870 was being used. The reason I ask is I was thinking of picking up two of the His radeon 3870 turbo models and using them in crossfire mode. They are factory overclocked to 850 mhz and run gddr4 at 2.38 gh. So with that In mind I am thinking that combination of overclock, memory bandwidth, and crossfire should be a high performance monster.. what do you think ?

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I'm sure it would be plenty powerful, but why not get 1 3870 X2 and perhaps another 1 at a later date for crossfire... ahh to have the power of 4 GPUs under the hood!!!

This is very likely the route I'll be going this year.

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I have thought about that too.. but I havent decided. The high memory bandwith of the ddr 4 combined with overclock seems that the crossfire combo would be a high performer especially if the numbers HH included from their crossfire was stock reference board. I could see the overclocked versions really giving insane performance. Then again if HiS comes out with an overclocked edition of the X2 i will probably get that no questions asked

 

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FlyinBrian:
if HiS comes out with an overclocked edition of the X2 i will probably get that

I would imagine that OC'ed boards will start showing up very soon from most partners.

 

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Hi All,

I think that'll be the card I'm getting for my build. I'm not sure if I'll go the Crossfire route or not. I will wait & see how two of the cards Scale before making that decision.

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If you already have a GTX is probably isnt worth it.  Unless you just want to get away from Nvidia for some reason. You could add another gtx for sli.

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Getting another Ultra is a viable option, but I would venture that dual 3870 X2's in xfire would outperform their sli counterparts... couple that with the fact that I prefer Intel chipsets and it makes sense for me personally.

 

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 Hi All,

That means I'd have to go with a Nvidia Motherboard. I've no experience with them. I've always used Intel Motherboards. I'd like to hear how you Guys with Nvidia boards feel about them, are they stable? Every Intel Motherboard I've owned has been Rock Solid. 

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EVGA boards seem fairly descent to me if your going for an nvidia chipset. I think DFI lan party series is good too. I used my DFI lan party for like 4 years and the only reason It stoped working is I put on an after market cooler on the northbridge chip and accidently cracked it.

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Yes Bioshock, a modern racing game, Gears of war, ETC

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 One Unreal 3 game would be nice, I agree.

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Yeah, I still have the card. I've shyed away from UT3 games because they run well on just about anything. But I'm also working on a round-up of these cards and will include UT3 in the future.

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