Monday, January 14th 2008

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 First Benchmarks

Thanks to Asian website ITOCP, we can get an idea of how fast the first ATI Radeon 3 series dual GPU graphics card will be. Benching on Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 processor at 2.4GHz and 2GB of RAM, the system managed to score 9573 marks (SM2.0: 4494, SM3.0/HDR: 4476) on Futuremark 3D Mark 2006 set to 2560x1600 resolution. The GPU Core/Memory of this card is rated at 770MHz / 2250MHz (2x512MB). Lower resolution benchmark numbers are not mentioned in the original article.

Source: OCWorkBench
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59 Comments on ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 First Benchmarks

#2
tigger
I'm the only one
It looks a bit choppy at times,but at that rez with aa/af......wow
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#3
snuif09
:respect::respect::respect::respect:das ist geil:p
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#4
imperialreign
I really hope this is just the tip of the iceberg with these cards - hopefully, some more refinement and tweaking before final release will finally deliver the competitive mid/high end card from ATI we've been lacking since the initial release of the 1950.

I hope, though, that this card doesn't turn out to be another one-hit-wonder.
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#5
Darknova
Gah....Wow....My 3870 feels really lowly now :(
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#6
niko084
by: imperialreign
I really hope this is just the tip of the iceberg with these cards - hopefully, some more refinement and tweaking before final release will finally deliver the competitive mid/high end card from ATI we've been lacking since the initial release of the 1950.

I hope, though, that this card doesn't turn out to be another one-hit-wonder.
Are you crazy?!?!?

The HD3850 is a complete ANIMAL especially for a sub $200 card that draws next to no power....

I can play Crysis maxed 1280x1024 no AA, Rv6 Vegas maxed I get like 90fps, over 300fps in CS:S completely maxed.....

This card solo eats up my previous Crossfire 1950xt 512mb cards...
And its only a 256mb...... Going to buy a 512mb here in a week or two.

HD3870x2 would be a monster for sure but..... Seriously...
The HD3850 is a stomper for a *midrange priced* card!
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#8
Nex-
by: cool_recep
it is old news dude...
i diden't knew that man. ;) Anyway it is new news for me and some others.
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
by: niko084
Are you crazy?!?!?

The HD3850 is a complete ANIMAL especially for a sub $200 card that draws next to no power....

I can play Crysis maxed 1280x1024 no AA, Rv6 Vegas maxed I get like 90fps, over 300fps in CS:S completely maxed.....

This card solo eats up my previous Crossfire 1950xt 512mb cards...
And its only a 256mb...... Going to buy a 512mb here in a week or two.

HD3870x2 would be a monster for sure but..... Seriously...
The HD3850 is a stomper for a *midrange priced* card!
so crysis in DX10 on 'very high' works at what FPS? oh and 'maxed' includes AA by most definitions.
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#11
niko084
by: Mussels
so crysis in DX10 on 'very high' works at what FPS? oh and 'maxed' includes AA by most definitions.
25-30ish and yes DX10 Very High or DX9 High, doesn't seem to have much on an impact at all.
Card is running at 725/1004, its perfectly stable up to around 780/1050.
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
ah if its OC'd that could make a diff, i'm just getting pissed at everyone saying 'maxed' when they mean DX9 on high with no AA at 1024x768.

25 FPS *Shudders*
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#13
WhiteLotus
hang on

so this card is two in one, so how much is two normal 3870? if this is going to be around $400-500, can you just get two normal 3870 for around the same price?
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#14
mdm-adph
by: WhiteLotus
hang on

so this card is two in one, so how much is two normal 3870? if this is going to be around $400-500, can you just get two normal 3870 for around the same price?
People will buy it for the same reason people still buy 8800 Ultras, even though I'm pretty sure a few x-fire'd ATI cards are faster (and quite a bit cheaper) -- they get to have the title of "fastest card."
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#15
suraswami
by: mdm-adph
People will buy it for the same reason people still buy 8800 Ultras, even though I'm pretty sure a few x-fire'd ATI cards are faster (and quite a bit cheaper) -- they get to have the title of "fastest card."
And I know few who buy high end hardware just to boast. I know a person who has the highest clocked unlocked C2D + 8800 Ultra + highest mem available and uses just for browsing.:roll:
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#16
csplayer089
only 9500 on 3dmark06?

a tad low?

whoa nvm...res is 2560x1600

thats pretty damn good
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#17
Monkeywoman
HEY! u guys notice that rig was running on ABSOLUTE STOCK! check this out, with mature drivers its an easy 10,000 points. add to that an oced quad, 3.2Ghz instead of that 2.4 garbage and uve got ur self 12,000 points at 1600x1200. don't forget to oc those chips eh? this card has lots of potential ;)
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#18
nflesher87
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by: Monkeywoman
HEY! u guys notice that rig was running on ABSOLUTE STOCK! check this out, with mature drivers its an easy 10,000 points. add to that an oced quad, 3.2Ghz instead of that 2.4 garbage and uve got ur self 12,000 points at 1600x1200. don't forget to oc those chips eh? this card has lots of potential ;)
you beat me to it, I was shocked to see that they used an E6600 at stock, all of the initial benchmarks these days are the very latest CPU such as the QX9650 overclocked like hell
this is impressive
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#19
mandelore
damn thats a nice card....

I wonder what it would score on a 4ghz+ qx9650 & hi end tweaked ddr2.

and then with some oc on the card itself AND at default 3dmark rez!!! lols!
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#20
niko084
by: Mussels
ah if its OC'd that could make a diff, i'm just getting pissed at everyone saying 'maxed' when they mean DX9 on high with no AA at 1024x768.

25 FPS *Shudders*
25 fps is fine as long as its stable at or above that..
Considering a TV in non progressive is less...

But yes it would be nice to see something more around 50-60 but thats not going to happen with any current equipment.. Especially not with AA.
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#21
Wile E
Power User
by: mdm-adph
People will buy it for the same reason people still buy 8800 Ultras, even though I'm pretty sure a few x-fire'd ATI cards are faster (and quite a bit cheaper) -- they get to have the title of "fastest card."
What about the people that don't have a Crossfire board?
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#22
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
that is a pretty low 3dmark score, no ?
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#23
niko084
by: Easy Rhino
that is a pretty low 3dmark score, no ?
Thats what I thought at first then I looked at it again...

It's not at 1280x1024 its at 2560x1600!
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#24
mdm-adph
by: Wile E
What about the people that don't have a Crossfire board?
The extra cost of a Crossfire board is usually offset by the fact that you're able to run two cheaper cards for greater performance than just one super-expensive one.
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Wile E
Power User
by: mdm-adph
The extra cost of a Crossfire board is usually offset by the fact that you're able to run two cheaper cards for greater performance than just one super-expensive one.
I doubt this will be a great deal more expensive than 2 3870's. Not to mention, changing your board and running 2 cards can be a hassle. What if you already have a great board, but no x-fire support?

Even if you do have an X-fire board, running one of these will perform on par with a pair of 3870s in X-fire, but also leave you the option to add another later, completely trumping the idea of a pair of 3870s.
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