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ASUS Extreme Radeon HD 3870 review

This week AMD came to unveil its latest generation of ATI graphics hardware, an awaited release that without a doubt created a lot of expectations and speculation especially because of two factors:
1) The dominant player, Nvidia had just killed its whole high-end line up two weeks before, in favor of an affordable and more efficient model, the GeForce 8800GT.
2) A holiday season that has shaped up to become one of the most exciting in recent times for PC gamers, with a buttload of good titles like Unreal Tournament 3, Crysis, Call of Duty 4, World in Conflict, The Orange Box, Bioshock, Hellgate: London, and the list goes on...

So, designed to combat the GeForce 8800 GT is the Radeon HD 3870, which features a long list of very impressive specifications. Already we have learned that the Radeon HD 3870 delivers 2900XT-like performance for the most part, which is both disappointing and impressive. It is disappointing because the GeForce 8800 GT is faster than the 2900XT in a majority of titles. On the other hand this new Radeon features an attractive price tag of just $220, making it a fair bit cheaper than the 8800 GT.

What is more impressive is the fact that AMD just announced the Radeon HD 3870 and it's already selling for just $220. For the time being, GeForce 8800 GT cards are very hard to come by and often users are forced to pay considerably more than the $250 MSRP.

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seems to be they haven't learnt the lessons from their last product... they should have stuck with the 512bit bus then maybe it might have out performed its rival and its own product, all i can say is nice step backwards ATI, I'd still like to see how they perform in crossfire mode though and with full AA and AN not just 4x/0x

how is it that the ATI cards really havent gotten any better. I would think with AMD now holding their hand they would have some awesome options by now, but eh. It makes me sad that AMD and ati are together now, cause i really think amd would have benefitted more from Nvidia.

I've already ordered an 8800GT. ATi hasn't been doing well with graphics cards lately and I find their drivers bloated and not as fully featured as those from nVidia. I am happy to buy an ATi card if it offers better performance and a reasonable price but these cards did not interest me.

Yeah because Nvidia's offering in 6 months in SLI wont smoke that at all. Not that I'm trying to be a fanboy or anything but I don't feel like buying a specialty motherboard and massive PSU just to run 4 mid range GPUs.

wow, its $30-50 cheaper then the 8800GT and performs equally for the most part, sometimes a little bit worse, sometimes a little bit better.


edit: i miss read a couple of the benchmarks...i would rather pay the extra $30 for the 8800GT.

Berserk87 said,
wow, its $30-50 cheaper then the 8800GT and performs equally for the most part, sometimes a little bit worse, sometimes a little bit better.

but i was a little dissapointed that it underperformed to the 2900. so how does that work out.... i mean AMD/Ati have had a long time to work on this.
Although it could be a driver issue...

But its a fairly competative card and it managed to stay within 10-15% at most times of the 8800 and the price and power consumption make it fairly decent.

Berserk87 said,
wow, its $30-50 cheaper then the 8800GT and performs equally for the most part, sometimes a little bit worse, sometimes a little bit better.


edit: i miss read a couple of the benchmarks...i would rather pay the extra $30 for the 8800GT.

Good luck finding one for $250 and in stock.

GeForce 8800 GT cards are very hard to come by and often users are forced to pay considerably more than the $250 MSRP.

I have to wonder if the same markup on the price from retailers will happen with the 3870 and 3850.

Doli said,

Good luck finding one for $250 and in stock.

I have to wonder if the same markup on the price from retailers will happen with the 3870 and 3850.

i already have found a couple locally for $250