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MSI Radeon HD 3870 512MB OC - The Card

How does a mildly overclocked HD 3870 fair against the also overclocked Galaxy 9600GT we reviewed recently? We find out!

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 18, 2008 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: MSI

The Card


The card looks great; we see a fair amount of graphics cards come in and out of our labs, but the brightness of the sticker made the card really stand out. It seems kind of weird to like an otherwise somewhat standard cooler so much, but kudos to MSI as they did a good job of making it catch one's eye.



Of course, apart from the cooler there really isn't much else to the front of the card due to it taking up pretty much the whole front.




Looking around the card there isn't anything out of the ordinary here; we have a single PCI Express power connector located towards the rear of the card, and across the top we have two Crossfire connectors so we can make use of Crossfire X from hopefully next month once the next release of the Catalyst drivers come out.



Looking over the I/O side of things there isn't anything too different here either; we have two Dual Link DVI connectors and our TV-Out port. Also as with all other HD 3870 cards it's dual slot based with an exhaust taking one of the two spots up.




As we've mentioned before, this particular card comes pre-overclocked out of the box. The standard core and memory on the HD 3870 comes in at 777MHz and 2250MHz DDR.



As you can see above, while the same 2250MHz DDR memory speed is seen, the core gets a bump up to 800MHz.


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