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ATI HD3870 X2 Review



Is two always better than one? Sometimes it is and at times it isn’t. Sure, two million dollars or two weeks of vacation may be better than one of each, but would two cases of illness back to back or two mortgages on the same house be better? Fortunately, when you are dealing with computer hardware, two is 99% of the time better than one. Having a dual core processor, two video cards, two hard drives etc, all these help to enhance the performance of a PC, but multiple components do take up more space. So what if you could get two combined into one? A dual core processor would be an example, but two GPUs on one video card, that is something that is not very common. Most video cards are two slot cooling solutions and when combined with a second video card, take up four expansion slots in your case and may cover some onboard PCI or PCI-E connectors that will be rendered unusable since the video card needs that space. So really, in this case two may not be better than one.

The ATI HD 3870 X2 is a video card that might solve some of the problems of having two double slot solutions occupying that extra space. The HD 3870 X2 is a video card with dual GPU cores on one board. In theory, by combining two GPUs, you should be able to achieve about the same performance you would get with two separate units. The 3870 X2 is the second installment of the ATI 680 series of graphical processors, which were single core solutions. Will the ATI HD 3870 X2 prove to be a benefit or a hindrance? So far one benefit is clear, two GPUs on one board will allow you to free up some space, but the question remains, will there be a benefit in performance?


Closer Look:

The ATI HD 3870 X2 in most cases can be considered a large card; this is to accommodate both processors and a two slot solution heat sink.



The 3780 X2 has a PCI-E 2.0 interface, and has two DVI outputs with an onboard S-Video out as well.

  1. Introduction
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications and Features
  4. Features Continued
  5. Testing (Setup, Overclocking & Benchmarks)
  6. Testing: Crysis
  7. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  10. Testing: World in Conflict
  11. Testing: Call of Jaurez
  12. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  13. Extras
  14. Conclusion
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