Tuesday, March 4th 2008

PowerColor Launches GDDR4 HD 3870 X2

TUL Corporation today announced that it is introducing a high-end graphics solution, PowerColor HD 3870 X2 with Samsung GDDR4 memory that is designed to bring incredible performance and life-like graphics to all gamers.

Providing stunning graphics, PowerColor HD 3870 X2 GDDR4 comes equipped with the fastest graphics memory now produced – Samsung's 16Mx32 GDDR4 memory, which has an effective memory speed of 1126 MHz. The video card also boasts a built-in Dual HD 3870 GPU that clocks at a core speed of 825MHz and an effective memory speed of 1126 MHz. This combination of leading-edge graphics memory and state-of-the-art GPU, essentially doubles the performance of the original version of the card. The new PowerColor HD card further enhances the gaming experience with 640 (320x2) stream processing units and 2X256-bit memory interface.

The card also features three DVI outputs and one HDMI output with 5.1 surround audio support and comes equipped with PCS fansinks for both GPUs – ensuring efficient heat dissipation. Furthermore, the new card offers Microsoft DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1, a Universal Video Decoder and ATI CrossFire X technology. The PowerColor HD 3870 X2 comes bundled with iClone 2 SE software, which provides the technology for creating full-motion 3D avatars and video story-boarding.

“We are pleased to cooperate with Samsung to deliver the world's fastest HD 3870 X2 graphic cards. Fans of Samsung memory and PowerColor video cards are sure to be excited,” says Ted Chen, CEO of TUL Corporation.

“Frankly, gamers around the world should be highly impressed with the quality of imagery generated by the PowerColor HD 3870 X2, said Mueez Deen, director, graphics memory, Samsung Semiconductor. “TUL has designed a graphics card that we expect will be popular with gamers around the world,” he added.

Key Features
  • 825MHz Core, 1126MHz Memory
  • 1GB of GDDR4 Memory
  • 2 x 256-bit Memory Bandwidth
  • 640 (320 x2) stream processing units
  • DirectX 10.1 / Shader Model 4.1 support
  • ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU support
  • Built-in HDMI and 5.1 surround audio
  • Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD DVD
Source: PowerColor
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47 Comments on PowerColor Launches GDDR4 HD 3870 X2

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
It was about time. All this time the GDDR3 variants just seemed like HD 3850 X2 with a high clocked core. I wouldn't be surprised if AMD comes up with an affordable "HD3850 X2" with 512 MB memory in all.
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#2
das müffin mann
hell yeah, ive been waiting for this, cant wait to pick one up:rockout::toast::rockout:
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#4
das müffin mann
anyone know a price? or are they going to be priced the same as the ddr3 version?
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#5
mdm-adph
by: das müffin mann
anyone know a price? or are they going to be priced the same as the ddr3 version?
My money's on an even $500.
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#6
CY:G
by: das müffin mann
anyone know a price? or are they going to be priced the same as the ddr3 version?
Doubt it, GDDR4 is more expensive not to mention that this is quite different from the reference card, 2 fans, 3 DVI connections, etc...

Oh wow, and still doesnt come with PCIE 2.0....
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#7
mandelore
yeah, this is what im talkin about.. still gonna wait it out tho. but this is gonna be sweet.

why the 256 bus..why :(
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#8
das müffin mann
im guessing its going to be about $500, it maybe lower because of competition, but hey who knows, i can't wait to pick one up
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#9
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Oh yes, still no news on implementing the PCI-E 2.0 lane switch chip. I'm sure with a decent memory OC the performance will sky rocket. No problem if it's 256 x2 memory bus, if the memory is clocked higher, high memory bus bandwidth can still be achieved. A broader memory bus would mean re-engineering the architecture.
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#11
OrbitzXT
Its refreshing to be pleased with ATI for a change, I was getting bored of waiting solely on good news from nVidia, which theyre having trouble putting out these days it seems.
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#13
HousERaT
Hmmmmmmmmm

Something to actually consider. Wonder how much these will cost?
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#14
Hawk1
by: mascaras

Looks great, but where's the 3 DVI and 1 HDMI?

Edit: Link is down now.
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#15
happita
Very enticing, I might go for this vs. the 2nd 3870 I planned on getting this month.
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#16
Jimmy 2004
by: Hawk1
Edit: Link is down now.
Think it's a problem with PowerColor's site, I can't get anything other than the location selector.
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#17
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: mascaras

Whoa...looks great from this angle. Is the Powercolor website hacked/compromised again?
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#18
Assimilator
Looks like their site is just plain broken right now :/.

Also, that cooling solution looks mighty odd... why offset it like that so that the only thing covering the 1st GPU is an aluminium heatsink? Or has the cooler just been "slid" towards the top of the board to show the components underneath?

Anyhow, looks like this might be my next upgrade when I get tired of my quad-SLI setup :D.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Assimilator
why offset it like that so that the only thing covering the 1st GPU is an aluminium heatsink? Or has the cooler just been "slid" towards the top of the board to show the components underneath?
That's the PLX PCI-Express lane arbiter (switch) chip, not a GPU. The cooler is in its position, is not slid up. Look at the PCB size at the edge.
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#20
Gam'ster
by: btarunr
It was about time. All this time the GDDR3 variants just seemed like HD 3850 X2 with a high clocked core. I wouldn't be surprised if AMD comes up with an affordable "HD3850 X2" with 512 MB memory in all.
+1 i agree, its good to see AMD step up a gear and a HD3850 X2 would :rockout:

Cheers
Gam
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#21
EastCoasthandle
The HSF on the left side is a bit off center. It looks like only 3/4 of the left side will vent outside the case via vent. The other 1/4 will simply be blocked. If it 's not blocked it would go back into the case.
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#22
simlariver
Now, let's see if there will be a pcie 2.0 version ...
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#23
imperialreign
by: mascaras

that pic just screams "BEEFCAKE this nVidia!! :nutkick:"

I'm pleased to hear DDR4 finally taking a spot in the 70x2 lineup, bout friggin time. Core clocks don't look that bad, either.

TBH, I wouldn't be too much concerned about these cards still only supporting PCIE 1.0, as the performance lynch-pin about these cards is the on-PCB communication of the GPUs; although, PCIE 2.0 support would allow for even better communication with the BUS.

But, if we're now seeing a GDDR4 supporting model, the 'creme de la creme' model is getting ready to drop in on the scene - which could very well support PCIE 2.0 and stout higher clock speeds and 512bit as well . . .
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#25
mandelore
lol... i take it that was a joke? coz unless it was for design, it would be sooo very worthless to the user while costing them more
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