ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review :: Conclusion

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

By Ben Sun

The legacy of the Rage Fury Maxx and Voodoo 5 5500 is alive and well with the HD 3870X2 video card from ATI. ATI has delivered a home run with the HD 3870X2 video card, as it has the performance to outdo the GeForce 8800 Ultra in single card mode, the features of DirectX 10.1 and a price point that doesn't break the bank at $449 MSRP. It should be a very interesting year for graphics cards as NVIDIA is set to release their 9800GX2 video card in the upcoming months and it should be interesting to watch the competition between NVIDIA and ATI for the rest of 2008. ATI's new card runs through all of the games that you would want with the maximum settings possible at playable frame rates.

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review

ATI is back in the game with their high end 3870X2 being the top performing video card on the market today. DirectX 10.1 offers new features that haven't made the jump to the NVIDIA side of things. The decreased power draw of the 3870x2 card meant that putting two chips on one board allowed the same power to be used versus the old generation 2900XT and was a major negative of ATI's last generation high-end. Today that has changed with the 3xxx series all on the 55 nanometer die process and power consumption levels back to normal. The advent of the HD3870X2 makes quad Crossfire a possibility with only two video cards. Two HD3870X2 cards means there are four RV670 video chips on one system. Once we get two 3870x2 cards we'll do it in quad mode. The combination of two 3870X2 cards running together should provide the best gaming experience of any current solution on the market including two 8800 Ultras in SLI mode. The MSRP of the HD3870X2 is only $449, making it a better buy than the GeForce 8800 Ultra which is currently available as low as $539. As the HD3870X2 has higher performance for the price, it merits an Editor's Choice award as the fastest most feature-rich video card on the market today.