GIGABYTE GV-RX387512H HD3870 512MB Crossfire Review :: GV-RX387512H HD3870 Crossfire Features

03-07-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

Here’s GIGABYTE’s webpage on this product. Their specific features include Ultra Durable 2 technology, with three key features low RDS (on) MOSFETs, Ferrite Core Design and Solid State capacitors. These features allow the graphics card to be stable even in the most demanding situation. The GV-RX387512H is a standard HD3870 card in terms of features.

GIGABYTE offers a 3 year Limited Warranty on their RX387512H card. Some manufacturers offer a Lifetime Warranty on their product (BFG or XFX) but three years in my opinion is long enough as hardcore gamers don’t wait 3 years to upgrade their video card on their primary computer. GIGABYTE Technical Support is mediocre as they have 169.06 NVIDIA drivers on their site from December and ATI’s drivers on their site are from December as well.



GV-RX387512H

  1. Powered by Radeon HD 3870 GPU
  2. Supports PCI Express 2.0
  3. Microsoft DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.0 support
  4. Integrated with the industry’s best 512MB GDDR3 memory and 256-bit memory interface
  5. Supports CrossFireX™ and Avivo™HD technology
  6. Features dual DVI-I / D-sub / HDMI / HDCP

Overview

55nm Technology
Faster clocks, double the transistor density of earlier 65 nm technology. 55nm technology helped make HD3800 series products the most advanced GPUs ever highest clocks speeds, incredible feature integration, full performance and precision all the time, and ability to take advantage of future, higher-speed memories.

Ultra Durable 2 -Designed with Top Quality Highly Efficient Components
Using high quality components on graphics cards is the key factor for having a long lasting, stable and reliable product. GIGABYTE is again setting a new standard by using Ferrite Core Chokes, Low RDS (on) MOSFET and Lower ESR Solid Capacitors, providing the stability and reliability from their high-end graphics solution. In addition, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 2 Edition graphics cards now feature a sophisticated layout topology. This state-of-the-art power design from GIGABYTE delivers the ideal integration of thermal, electric characteristics, digital signals, power circuitry and optimum placement of components for enhanced graphics performance.

Ultra Cooling - Low RDS(on) MOSFET Design
Low Power Loss - Ferrite Core Choke Design
Longer Life - All-Solid Capacitor Design

Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1
The power of DirectX® 10.1 with awesome performance, stunning visual effects, and more dynamic interactivity than ever before. Ensures the best performance and application compatibility for all DirectX® 10.1 applications. Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 games, with stunning 3D graphics and shading effects.

Shader Model 4.1
Shader Model 4.1 adds support for indexed temporaries which can be quite useful for certain tasks. Regular direct temporary access is preferable is most cases. One reason is that indexed temporaries are hard to optimize. The Shader optimizer may not be able to identify optimizations across indexed accesses that could otherwise have been detected. Furthermore, indexed temporaries tend to increase register pressure a lot. An ordinary Shader that contains for instance a few dozen variables will seldom consume a few dozen temporaries in the end but is likely to be optimized down to a handful depending on what the Shader does. This is because the Shader optimizer can easily track all variables and reuse registers. This is typically not possible for indexed temporaries, thus the register pressure of the Shader may increase dramatically. This could be detrimental to performance as it reduces the hardware’s ability to hide latencies.

OpenGL 2.0® Optimizations and Support
Ensure top-notch compatibility and performance for all OpenGL 2.0 application.

Dual-link DVI
Dual-link DVI supports any combination of digital and analog display, and independent resolution and refresh rate selection for any two connected displays. Dual Link technology doubles the display bandwidth through a single DVI connection to support ultra-high resolution output and significantly increase productivity.

ATI CrossFireX
Upgrade to even greater 3D performance quickly and easily thanks to plug-and-play ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology...more information

PCI-E 2.0
PCI Express® 2.0 –Now you are ready for the most demanding graphics applications thanks to PCI Express® 2.0 support, which allows up to twice the throughput of current PCI Express® cards. Doubles the bus standard's bandwidth from 2.5 Gbit/s (PCIe 1.1) to 5 Gbit/sec.

RoHS Compliant
As a citizen of the global village, GIGABYTE exert ourselves to be a pioneer in environment care. Give the whole of Earth a promis that our products do not contain any of the restricted substances in concentrations and applications banned by the RoHS Directive, and are capable of being worked on at the higher temperatures required for lead free solder. One Earth and GIGABYTE Cares!

HDCP Support
High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of copy protection technology designed to prevent transmission of non-encrypted high-definition content as it travels across DVI or HDMI digital connections.

HDMI Ready
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a new interface standard for consumer electronics devices that combines HDCP-protected digital video and audio into a single, consumer-friendly connector.

Windows Vista™
Enjoy powerful graphics performance, improved stability, and an immersive HD gaming experience for Windows Vista. ATI Catalyst™ software is designed for quick setup of graphics, video, and multiple displays, and automatically configures optimal system settings for lifelike DirectX 10 gaming and the visually stunning Windows Aero™ user interface.

Display Support
*Dual integrated 400MHz RAMDACs for analog display resolutions up to and including 2048x1536 at 85Hz .
*Dual-link DVI capability to drive the industry's largest and highest resolution digital flat panel displays up to 2560x1600 at 60 Hz.
*Integrated HDTV encoder provides analog TV-output (Component/Composite/S-Video) up to 1080i resolution.... more information

ATI Avivo HD
ATI Avivo HD continues to provide brilliant colors, sharp images, smooth playback of Blu-ray™ and HD DVD content, and now adds enhanced connectivity through DisplayPort™, HDMI with built-in multi-channel digital audio, and on some GPUs, Unified Video Decoding (UVD). UVD is designed to enable a cool and quiet media PC with low GPU and CPU power requirements and playback of full HD 1080p content.