ATI HD3470 ReviewMakaveli - March 3, 2008
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The ATI HD 3470 HTPC graphics card proved to me that it is much better than most onboard video solutions - especially when it's overclocked. I was able to overclock this card from 800MHz core clock to 890MHz and I also got the memory clock to 1040MHz from 950MHz. I didn't even need to set the fan speed on the card higher than it ran at stock, which surprised me. The card was almost dead silent all throughout testing which is something that I always look for in a video card. When I watched Bad Boys II with the motherboard's onboard video, I thought it looked great until I watched the same movie on the ATI HD 3470. It almost looked as if I were watching a totally different movie because the quality was the best I've ever seen this DVD played at. Don't be fooled by the scores from our gaming benchmarks - this card is clearly not a gaming card. It is Crossfire capable, so you might be able to push out decent frame rates in games that way. Now that ATI has shown me a value-priced, overclockable, and silent HTPC video card, there is no better HTPC solution in my book. If you're considering if whether or not you should stick with a motherboard's onboard video or get an HTPC video card, do not ponder any longer...get yourself an ATI HD 3470 - you won't be disappointed.
- Video & Image Quality
- HDMI Support
- DirectX 10 Support