ATI HD3870 X2 ReviewFormer staff writer -
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So can we truly believe that when it comes to the ATI HD 3870 X2, that two is better than one? Yes and No.
Yes because with two processors on one board there is less room occupied. Yes because there is less heat produced. Yes because you can get comparable results to nVidia cards at its price point. Yes because you will be able to run Crossfire X and only take up four expansion slots.
No because at present with an overclock, the card performs quite horribly. No because the drivers are not able to produce the results you would expect with a graphics card of this caliber. No because until there are patches (for games) that actually enhance performance when using a dual processor board, you may see a decrease in performance.
Ultimately, you have to ask yourself whether owning an X2 worth the money you will spend and will you be able to achieve the performance that you would expect? If you are willing to wait a while for the drivers to mature and hope that your favorite games come out with a patch that will utilize the card to its fullest potential, then yes. Remember when I first tested the 8800 GT, it did not perform as well as everyone would have thought. Since that review, there have been driver updates and I also found a more stable board to use it on. You can see the results if you compare this and the 8800 GT review. Things get better with age; new is good, but sometimes not always better. So it will be up to you to make the call!
- Dual GPUs
- Less Space Occupied
- Reduced Heat Output
- No Crossfire Bridge Required
- Immature Drivers
- Lack of Performance Increase While Overclocked (possibly due to drivers)