I've been a big fan of the HD 3870 X2, really from the word go. It's always seemed that the technology AMD implement for their multi-GPU setups have always been better. They also learnt a lot from NVIDIA's 7900 GX2 and 7950 GX2 which were really nothing short of a flop.
While we don't have the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 in the graphs today, we know where it sits. It tends to come out consistently ahead of the AMD offering. The AMD offering however does have a lot going for it. While the 9800 GX2 starts closer to the $800 AUD mark, the HD 3870 X2 manages to sit way back around the low $500 AUD starting mark.
Also, if you want a HD 3870 X2 there are so many places that list them at a reasonable price. If you start looking into GX2s the prices quickly go north with the high $800 AUD mark not being all that uncommon.
The ASUS offering is all very typical; it comes with a full version game, that CD wallet that we're so used to seeing and a three year warranty (while a lot of other companies only offer two). This does come at a cost, but to get yourself into an ASUS HD 3870 X2 you're still looking at under $600 AUD.
Where the GX2 does shine over the HD 3870 X2 is in a Quad GPU configuration. We saw some good gains in Crysis when testing it, but the HD 3870 X2 in Crossfire really says nothing spectacular. With that said though, AMD are very good in the driver department and hopefully Crossfire X technology is something they choose to concentrate more and more on in the near future.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark06]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode Two HDR)]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Crysis]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3]
- Page 12 [High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP]
- Page 16 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP]
- Page 17 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode Two HDR) - XP]
- Page 18 [Sound Tests]
- Page 19 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 20 [Final Thoughts]