ATI Radeon HD 3870X2 1GB previewed

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 22 2008 @ 17:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
InsideHW is one of the first English sites to take an early look at the R680 graphics card:

"Just as we predicted some time ago that the Radeon HD 2600XT Dual is going to open the portal to the multi-GPU development, it is coming true. The very next step ATI has made shows a huge advancement compared to the one-month old newborn. Ladies and gentlemen, we present you with ATI Radeon HD 3870X2 graphics card. For now, this is the best graphics card in the entire market and the most complete choice one can get for his/her money. As the author of these lines would gladly carry this baby home, the award we will give this card is fully deserved."

Check it out over here. Here's a quick look at the performance on a Intel Q6600 system @ 3.33GHz, Foxconn Mars motherboard, 2x 1GB TwinMOS DDR2 800MHz memory, Windows XP SP2 and Catalyst 8.1 drivers:

 1600x1200  Radeon HD3870X2  Radeon HD3870 512MB
     
 3DMark05  20394  13879
 3DMark06 (SM 2.0 / SM 3.0 / Final)  6777 / 7001 / 16323  4217 / 4575 / 11348
 Fear (MaxQ)  77 / 136 / 124  48 / 69,8 / 79,8
 Crysis (MedQ) (min/avg/max)  50,9 / 72,96 / 88,1  24,1 / 37,08 / 47,5
 Crysis (HighQ) (min/avg/max)  22,8 / 36,95 / 45,8  8,4 / 21,63 / 30,12
 World in Conflict (HighQ) (min/avg/max)  24 / 54 /118  16/ 28 / 55
 Price (€)  ~ 400  ~ 180


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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