ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 review

Julio Franco

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AMD has proven itself, successfully launching the Radeon HD 3870 X2 on schedule, and perhaps even more important than that, having actual products on retail shelves immediately.

The ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 is essentially two Radeon HD 3870 GPUs stuck together on the same PCB. The GPUs use a PCI Express 1.1 bridge to communicate in much the same way Crossfire ATI cards would. However, because the X2 is meant to be a 'transparent' single card solution, it doesn't require a supporting motherboard, and in fact it opens the possibility for quad-Crossfire using two of these graphics cards.

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I like where they are going with this, and as long as they start releasing decent drivers I think they will do great
Vision tec vs Asus

I am curious why the price difference between the vision tec 3870 x2 ($379.99) and the Asus 3870 x2 ($ 219.99) . Can any one tell me. I am leaning toward the Asus because I have the asus P5E3 deluxe wifi-ap@n. can anyone help
I'm not an ATI guy per say, but I really enjoyed reading this review. Mostly because it focused on price comparason to a single version of the card and just about every oem builder and even some retail built machines have at least a single pci E slot. Good job on the review TS.
Thanks julio, I choose the 3870 x2 because of the four dvi.... I read your review about the 4870 and the high heat scares the bejeepers out of me. being a new builder, I'm learning more and more every day.....
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