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1/22/08 at 8:15am
We did a check on the clocks that various card manufacturers set for their Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards. It seems like MSI decided to be more adventurous and go for 850MHz core instead while the rest settled for default clock of 825MHz. However, it won't just stop there as some card makers are preparing OC'ed BIOS with >850MHz core clock for the enthusiasts.
as much as i like the idea of a new card and one that rocks as much as that ati does, i think my heart and wallet will still be firmly with nvidia. i have had such good luck with them since i made the move over from ATI i dont see needing to go back
|Radeon 3870 X2 to retail from €410 to €430
Depends on the store
ATI fixed the price of R680 dual chip card to just above €400 and retailers should be selling them for €410 while etailers should offer them for up to €430.
This doesn’t look that bad but it is just a bit over the cost of two Radeon 3870 cards that will give very similar performance to one Radeon 3870 X2, dual chip card.
At the other side, R680 the Radeon 3870 X2 runs at a slightly higher frequency and that might be the reason why the card might end up a bit more expensive, but it will be interesting to see how much Nvidia will want for Geforce 9800 GX2 as we’ve learned it will be far more than €430.
|As of next week
Partners are piling up the cards and it looks like ATI is after another hardware launch. Partners have had the hardware for quite some time but it is the driver that delays the card's release.
The first sample driver that was sent to reviewers and customers has performance issues with some games, Crysis is one of them, but the next driver should patch this.
ATI’s partners will have a sufficient amount of cards and it doesn’t look that they can sell them out on the release date. ATI is putting a lot of effort to try to re-establish itself as a capable high end player and Radeon 3870 X2 is its change.
Let it enjoy the moment unit Geforce 9800X2 comes out. ATI hopes that Nvidia won’t be able to make enough, and to sail on that wave. G92 based cards were a success for Nvidia but due very weak availability, Nvidia’s G92 boosted Radeon 3870 and 3850 sales. Maybe it can happen again.
In eveof the R680 release, ATI informed its trustees that there will be a new driver. The new driver should increase the performance with some titles and it should be ready anyway now.
R680 will be commercially known as Radeon 3870 X2 and it will be available next week, and as you can imagine it will be strong in higher resolutions with FSAA and Aniostropic filtering on.
Crysis is one of the games that needs tuning up but we heard that ATI is working to improved the performance of other titles. After all, this is a one PCB with two Crossfire capable chips on it, and it will help the whole Crossfire line.