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ATI’s new Radeon HD 3870 is no 8800 GT killer…

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Our friends at Legion Hardware were the first website in the whole net to post official benchmark numbers for AMD/ATI’s latest videocard the ATI Radeon HD 3870. It definitely paid off living in Australia for our good friends as they were almost 18 hours early to the game…

The bad news are however that the Radeon HD 3870 is no GeForce 8800 GT killer, which is what many of us were expecting. Instead ATI will keep playing the pricing game, where its HD 3850 model will be the fastest card available on its price range (~$180), while the HD 3870 is expected to undercut the GeForce 8800 GT by some 25% at $225, offering on average the same decrease in performance.

Radeon HD 3870 benchmark

With apparently no further plans from either camp until early 2008, the mid-range cards will likely be selling like hot cakes during the holidays. And while this kind of performance has never been so affordable, neither Nvidia or ATI has brought us a true next-generation product that will let us play Crysis comfortably with any setting we throw at it, heck I wouldn’t have mind paying $500+ for such a card!

But again, whether you like the 8800 GT better or prefer to go ATI’s way, both products fall within a price range that we wouldn’t have imagined just months ago. Competition is king in this industry, now let’s just push those cards in retail, we don’t want to hear “out of stock” for the rest of the year.

Written by Julio Franco

November 15th, 2007 at 6:03 am

Posted in gaming,hardware

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  1. Legion Hardware actually swapped some video card results around as well as using old drivers, there were some news stories about it on the XtremeSystems forum. Some h3870 results were swapped with 2900xt’s results, same goes for the GT ones.


    17 Nov 07 at 7:01 pm

  2. Thanks for the feedback Robert.

    We just got notification about this and we are looking into it. I carefully review every one of the reviews that go up on TechSpot, and while it is possible a mix-up could have happened, I don’t see the conclusion changing at all which is what matters the most. Being so pressured about posting these articles on time (just so we can deliver the information to you ASAP), we are prone to some human error.

    Unlike comments on that forum you mentioned, there is no bias towards any of the two companies, simply put the 8800gt is better but temporarily unavailable and a bit more expensive. The ATI cards look really good considering price and the fact that you can get one now, or even two and go Crossfire.

    For some reason everybody including us seem to agree, now you tell me where is the bias?

    Julio Franco

    19 Nov 07 at 12:08 pm

  3. Hi Robert,
    It is true the I did mislabel the graphs when I was creating them in excel. I accidentally swapped the GeForce 8800 GTS and Radeon HD 2900XT around which was quickly fixed last week.

    This is no way had an impact on the review as those cards were simply there for comparisons sake and that is half the reason why the mistake occurred as I did not correctly check the graphs. The data itself was correct, I just swapped two labels around by mistake.

    Thank you

  4. Asswipe, Turn the filters up, then you will see the true power of the HD 3870!


    7 Dec 07 at 8:22 pm

  5. yaaaaaa what pea said

    asswipe hater

    11 Dec 07 at 10:18 am

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