Thursday, November 15th 2007

AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 and Spider Gaming System Pictured

A picture is worth a thousand words and this one is surely worth that many. I guess this time we're talking about Radeon HD 3870 X2 for real, it's even working in CrossFire mode. The Radeon HD 3870 X2 has two Radeon HD 3870's on board and is set to be released in Q1 2008 if all goes well. The second, third and fourth pictures show AMD's "Spider" gaming platform running AMD 790FX motherboard and four ATI Radeon HD 3870 video cards in CrossFireX mode.

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32 Comments on AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 and Spider Gaming System Pictured

#1
Grings
cool, its a shame you cant crossfire 4 of them dual cards (no 2nd cf connector)
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#2
Completely Bonkers
I find AMD's "Spider" platform running AMD 790FX motherboard and four ATI Radeon HD 3870 video cards in CrossFireX mode to be a bit of techno overkill... trying a bit too hard.

But the The Radeon HD 3870 X2? Well thats a lot more plausible and a lot more practical.
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#3
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
by: Grings
cool, its a shame you cant crossfire 4 of them dual cards (no 2nd cf connector)
Maybe you can over the buss.
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#4
Jizzler
by: Completely Bonkers
I find AMD's "Spider" platform running AMD 790FX motherboard and four ATI Radeon HD 3870 video cards in CrossFireX mode to be a bit of techno overkill... trying a bit too hard.

But the The Radeon HD 3870 X2? Well thats a lot more plausible and a lot more practical.
Practical for one person may be absurd for another :)

That's why I like where AMD is going with this - a solution that satisfies a whole range of people and situations.
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#6
KennyT772
Thing is for quad dual slot cards you need a case with 8 minimum expantion slots. Only a few cases have this (the new thermaltake armor and xaser come to mind). The reason for the x2 cards is for the work station market who can easily accomidate larger spec cards (12" common size) and cases are all 7slot. Also Ati is just rolling out quad, they have nothing for octet drivers yet.
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#7
mab1376
whats the 3dmark score on this?? also how much would this setup cost?
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#8
OnBoard
Notice there is an 8pin pcie-power pins also in the PCB of HD3870X2, wonder why there is no plug, no way it can run on that 6pin alone. And answering to my self, it runs on a PCI-E 2.0 motherboard :) So looks like a nice upgrade for those with 8pin power plugs in PSU already and maybe a hd2900xt. Powerdraw should be ~same, but performance :rockout:
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#9
mdm-adph
by: mab1376
whats the 3dmark score on this?? also how much would this setup cost?
something like 38,000.

the cost and the score. :p
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#10
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
by: KennyT772
Thing is for quad dual slot cards you need a case with 8 minimum expantion slots. Only a few cases have this (the new thermaltake armor and xaser come to mind).
yea, but if i was gonna drop all that cash on a setup like that, i would just cut an extra bit off the bottom of the pci brackets on my existing case. nothing's going there except the exhaust for the bottom card, so it doesn't have to be pretty.
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#11
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
wait WTF? x2 cars? then is that 8 GPUS in quad x-fire? holy shit.
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#12
Judas
The whole of Finland blacks out when Judas plugs in his quad x-fire system to the mains :p
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#13
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
That thing may even be able to run Crysis on MAX :roll:
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#14
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
AMD representatives told us that with MSI K9A2 Platinum you should be able to plug four R680 cards inside. This would mean that you would have eight GPUs, but at this time there is no driver to support this feature.

fud said this today
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#15
Darknova
by: Judas
The whole of Finland blacks out when Judas plugs in his quad x-fire system to the mains :p
Lol Sig worthy!
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#16
corwin155
quad CF

man going to be a real hotbox in quad config
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#17
erocker
Idk, those cards are so close together.... From a cooling standpoint it looks very inefficient.

I doubt I would have to pay for heat anymore with one of these setups.
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#18
wtf8269
The only big problem I see is that the sata connectors are covered up.
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#19
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Assuming this is a functioning system, did anyone notice how it is all running off a 750w power supply? I find that actually pretty good, even if I would never waste time and money on running 4 graphics cards.

The overhead to keep them all synced together would be insane. I don't think the extra performance would justify the extra money required, I don't even think the extra performance would be that great except in synthetic benchmarks.
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#20
wtf8269
Well price for performance wise, 4x 3870's would be about $900. 2x 8800gtx's is $1k or more. After seeing the review of 2x 3870's in crossfire, it seems to me 4x would probably beat out 2x 8800gtx's.
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#21
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: wtf8269
Well price for performance wise, 4x 3870's would be about $900. 2x 8800gtx's is $1k or more. After seeing the review of 2x 3870's in crossfire, it seems to me 4x would probably beat out 2x 8800gtx's.
I doubt it. As the number of cards goes up, then performance increase for each additional card goes down.

But who knows, I could be wrong. Though I would never waste my money on 2 8800GTX's either...
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#22
Grimskull
I think AMD/ATI have teamed up with Iran and North Korea and are selling nuclear power stations at a low low price to power up and run your X-Fire system! Only while stocks last! Get yours now in time for Christmas!!!!
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#23
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Thats a PC Power & Cooling ATI XFIRE Certified Silencer 750 Quad PSU running those cards. Top notch quality all around. This is just but one proof for those wanting 1kw psus to run all kinds of stuff. You dont need that huge honking of a PSU. Now, those X2s are supremely long and really makes me feel uncomfortable putting them inside a case.
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#24
Silverel
by: Grimskull
I think AMD/ATI have teamed up with Iran and North Korea and are selling nuclear power stations at a low low price to power up and run your X-Fire system! Only while stocks last! Get yours now in time for Christmas!!!!
:laugh: Hilarity ensues. Most excellent.

+2
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#25
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
Neato... I want to get that... so... who will fund me?
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