ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review :: ATI 3870X2 Card

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

By Ben Sun

The first thing I noticed about the new ATI card was the length of the beastie thing. The card is 10.5 inches long, about the same length as the GeForce 8800GTX card that was launched a couple of years ago. The card fit into every case we tried, which is a good thing. There might be cases out there with issues, such as small cramped cases but the new card owner buying this beastie should not hesitate to spend some extra money on a larger case if needed.


ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Front

Front

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Ruby

Ruby

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Cooling Fan

Cooling Fan

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Fan

Fan


The front of the card is dominated by the large heat sink and fan on the front of the card. The fan is a 48-fin radial fan that sits on the rear of the PCB. The top of the card has an 8-pin PCI Express power connector and a 6-pin power connector to provide extra power to the card. The PCI Express 2.0 specification provides up to 120W of power to a video card installed in the slot, meaning that the 3870X2 may get along fine with a single power connector if such a slot is used.


ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Power Connectors

Power Connectors

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review PCI Express x16

PCI Express x16

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Top of Card

Top of Card

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Rear of Card

Rear of Card


The I/O bracket is interesting in that there are two DVI ports on the card a legacy from the fact that there are two graphics chips on the PCB and a grill from which the air that is pushed out from the cooling fan is sent out of the case. The card can do two monitors at once, a feature found on every modern graphics card. The rear of the PCB has a heat plate and the mounts for each of the two graphics chips on the PCB.


ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review S/N

S/N

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Rear of GPU

Rear of GPU

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review Crossfire Connector

Crossfire Connector

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review I/O

I/O