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AMD Unleashes Enthusiast Gaming Performance for the Masses with ATI Radeon HD 3800

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#2
Just a quick heads up,

The VR-Zone review is up and looks quite promising.

The 8800GT still wins in most scenarios (sometimes by quite a margin) however the price of the 3870 is in its favour.

THe HD2900XT actually beats the 3870 in certain scenarios as well (although the resoulutions used are high)

Power consumption is in line with the 8800GT as well.

All in all pretty good.
 

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I agree Xaser. The key here will be it's price and availability. If it undercuts the 8800GT's price, and remains stocked, I think it will be a winner for ATI.
 
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#4
Definately it all depends on pricing and availability.

The only issue I see with that is here in the UK the HD3870 is roughly £160 wheras you can pick up a 8800GT for as little as £170 (same website). This given the performance difference makes the 8800GT probably better value for money at the moment. (If you can find either in stock of course)

However if you can get the HD3870 for say £150 or below then you will getting great value for money. (In terms of bang for buck)
 
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#5
Been looking at pricing on OcUK, the're not usually the cheapest, but frankly, this is a bit of a rip-off. £110 or so for th 3850 Pro, while the US gets them for the equivalent of about £90.
Still, cheaper than the 8800GT, and they're actually available to ship, while all the 8800GTs on OcUK are pre-order atm.
 
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You preorder a 3870 512mb in Aussue for around $350aus... :eek:

That is like 150 pounds...
 
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i think the performance is pretty good for the price... Nvidia is really falling short with the demand for the 8800GT and thats really going to hurt them if ATI can keep the 3800 line in stock.. this might get interesting... let the price wars begin! :)
 
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#8
Maybe, maybe not.

If ATi drops the card price significantly just to compete with the GT, which Nvidia didn't need anyways for sales or customer base, then ATi is once again on Nvidia's string.

You can argue that 'mid-range' or whatever, is where the most money will be made, but, anytime ATi makes a competitive 'mid-range' card, all Nvidia has to do is lower the prices on it's upper end cards. They can keep doing this over and over and over. Until ATi puts out something that can compete with an Ultra, they're never going to catch up, and with how impressive these new 9800 Nvidia cards are supposed to be, it's looking grim for ATi.
 
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You preorder a 3870 512mb in Aussue for around $350aus... :eek:

That is like 150 pounds...
wow dude i feel for you. that is extreme. i hate that companies price products so differently. surely is does not cost them that much to ship a good load of units on a massive boat to UK and Aus
 
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the price is $20 less than expected.

$219 for a single 3870 is sooooo tempting, all I need now is $1500 for a new system, anyone?:D
 

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Wow, alot cheaper than I expected them to be. NEW CARD HERE I COME!!!
 
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heck yeah, I'm getting one of these cards soon....
 

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Blehhh

heh and i bought a hd2600xt gddr4
oh well look forward to upgrading already lol
 
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these are great performers for their price! now i know what to upgrade my comp with next, lol.