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Should I keep my 3870?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by DanishDevil, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. DanishDevil

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    I grabbed a 3870 from Micro Center about a week and a half ago (well, actually, bought one open box for $180, found out why it was open box, returned it and got a new one for $245) and I'm not really sure if it's worth the $250+.

    I've got a PowerColor X1950Pro 512MB and it doesn't OC at all. It locks up the second I try to change ANYTHING over 5MHz. I'm pretty happy with it, but I'm gonna be bringing my computer to school, so that means going from 1280*1024 to 1650*1050 as I've got a Samsung LCD here. I'm afraid the X1950Pro's gonna suck on the higher resolution.

    I'm playing Crysis and COD4 mostly, so I need something that's gonna run these two games pretty well. COD4 being online of course.

    I got OC's of 891 core and just under 1300 mem on the 3870. Are these OC results too good to take back? What kind of OCs have you guys been getting on your 3870s?

    Card's running with stock cooling without messing with the BIOS or voltmods yet. I did slap some AS5 on the cooler though, and it brought my load temps from 90C @ stock to 70C overclocked! I was amazed what a little properly applied thermal paste could do!

    Here's my system:

    MSI K9A Platinum (580X Crossfire)
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition @ 3Ghz (15x200)
    2GB Kit Geil Esoteria DDR2 @ 4-4-4-12 @ 800
    Enermax Liberty 580W PSU
    PowerColor X1950Pro 512MB / Visiontek HD 3870
    SB X-Fi Fatal1ty Gamer
    WD Raptor 74GB
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    Logitech G15 Keyboard, G9 Mouse, Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    Samsung 216BW 21.6" LCD 1680*1050

    Thanks for the help guys,
    DanishDevil

    PS: Yes, my sig needs some updating...
     
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    I went from a 512Mb 1950XT to a 512Mb 3870.

    It was definately worth it.

    Went from playing CoD4 at 1280x1024 @ ~30fps

    to CoD4 at 1680x1050 @ ~50fps

    At High on both.

    You won't get that with your 1950Pro that's for sure. Especially as it won't OC at all.
     
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    Keep the 3870 for sure i love my 3850 :)
     
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    I went from a pair of Sapphire 1950 pro's w/512 to a pair of Visiontek 3870's and man what a diff.

    It was worth the money.....
     
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    one thing is clear.. the later run of 3870 cards are clocking better than the first ones out.. not many of the first batch would run much over 840 stable.. the later ones seem to be doing better..

    trog
     
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    If you're spending over $250 anyway, you may be better off with an 8800GT 512MB.
     
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    GT pffft
     
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    I bought a crossfire board, and unless I get a 8800GT or GTS for under 200, I won't buy one. I was planning on going crossfire for my x1950Pro, but the option of having ATi's top of the line for 100 more was tempting.

    Thanks for the opinions guys. Trog, do you think that the trend will continue with better clocking cards later? Maybe if I hold off another few weeks or a month I'll get lucky again?
     
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    I'm not quite sure why you'd say that. The 8800GT with 512MB is a better performer than the 3870, and is available even at retail stores like Best Buy for the same price that the OP paid for his 3870.

    Yes, I have a 3850 myself, but that's because it only cost me $159 and it's the best performer in its price range. At $250, the 3870 isn't.
     
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    Keep the 3870, im sure its better than a 3850 whitch is what I have and I looove it.
     
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    probably not by any great amount.. but it wont do any harm if u can wait.. luck is what its down to.. but partners are releasing cards at 850 stock.. they would not have dared do that with the first batch..

    my first two HIS ones wouldnt run 850 gaming stable..

    trog
     
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    I went from a pair of X1950 XT's to a single 3870 and I LOVE the performance of this single card and can't wait to get two of them in crossfire!
     

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