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ATI Radeon HD 3870/3850 Review

AMD's two new graphics cards launching today are both based off a new GPU, referred to internally as the RV670. The basic architecture of the hardware is largely unchanged from R600; there has been some additional functionality added, and a great deal of internal bandwidth removed, but other than that this is very much an R600 based part. The biggest news of this part is that it is fabbed on a 55nm TSMC process. This is a half-node process based on 65nm technology, giving AMD an advantage in die size (cost) and potentially clock speed and/or power.

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it is better, it even says that on the first page of the article. But for the prices and availability these ATI cards will be in the game.

I doubt the results are accurate, just look at the drivers that they used:

AMD: Catalyst 7.10 (page 5)

this means they used the old drivers, which results in a bad performance, the drivers have NO optimizations for they new Radeons.

Like nVIDIA when the 8800GT come out they released a new driver, guess for what, lol

I'm waiting for the new Catalyst 7.11 to see what it says.


P.S: All this crap around ATI it's because of AMD, which buyed ATI to screw up to good quality, all we can see after AMD acquire ATI is crap, nothing more.
Drivers take months to release, performance are poor when compared to nVIDIA.

Shame on AMD.

Yes, it's totally AMDs fault for buying ATI. :rolleyes:

Just because they bought up the company, doesn't mean they changed out the whole development department. Nvidia's had to play a lot of catch up, the same way Intel did, and now they're up on top. Hopefully, Nvidia being on top will push ATI to bring out their big guns once more.

Only thing we can do right now is root for the ones on bottom because, without them, there is no progression.

All that AMD/ATi stuff aside, the first point he made is valid, wait for the newer drivers to see how it really turns out. But as of now, those prices are great.

The 3850 is a steal at that price and if I can find a place that offers free shipping in canada. I'd buy that right now.

biohazard said,
I was going to get a 8800GT when they are in stock again but looking at this article, I might just get a HD 3870.

The drastically lower power consumption won me over. But I'm still waiting to see if 8800 GTs with better cooling are released. The single-slot cooler was about the only thing bothering me about them -- and how retailers were overpricing them. Gotta thank ATI for driving prices down at least.

I think Nvidia will be coming out with new cards in the same price range.
This is great that the prices are coming down on both sides and i hope to get an HD3850.

looking at it... I believe because you are dealing with an OEM pc that you don't know the motherboard installed, looks to me like a marketing gimmick as they just replace the mobo in the system.

HP can't do anything to combine SLI and Crossfire, only Intel, AMD or nVidia can do it.

When you configure a setup it aways states ASUS Striker Extreme mobo , that is a 680i based SLI mobo....
something wrong with that site...

Beastage said,
looking at it... I believe because you are dealing with an OEM pc that you don't know the motherboard installed, looks to me like a marketing gimmick as they just replace the mobo in the system.

HP can't do anything to combine SLI and Crossfire, only Intel, AMD or nVidia can do it.

When you configure a setup it aways states ASUS Striker Extreme mobo , that is a 680i based SLI mobo....
something wrong with that site...


Actually, it has been confirmed by several websites that you can run two NVIDIA cards in SLI or two ATI/AMD cards in Crossfire on that motherboard on the HP Blackbird 002.

Need some proof from a legitimate website? Have a look at this page from AnandTech's first look at the HP Blackbird 002. The first paragraph says it all.

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