ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review :: Introduction

02-13-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

It has been a long drought for ATI in the high-end of the video card market. NVIDIA’s 8800 GTX has been the king of the video card market in terms of performance of single card solutions since its introduction over a year ago, with the higher clocked 8800 Ultra simply giving slightly better performance at a higher price point. ATI released the 2900XT HD in late 2006, but hasn’t been heard from since. Their 38xx class cards have all been excellent feature wise but simply not in the same performance class as NVIDIA’s 8800GTX.

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review

Today the drought is over. ATI announced the 3870 series just a few short months ago. While that card wasn’t the performance king, it offered mew features and had the performance to compete with NVIDIA’s best at the price point king, with a MSRP reaching under $200 today. The 3870X2 combines two 3870 graphics chips with 512MB of memory allocated to each chip on the same graphics card. This idea is similar in concept to the Voodoo 5 5500, the Rage Fury Maxx and NVIDIA’s 7950GX2 card. ATI’s 3870X2 is an interesting concept that I’ll explore in this review.