You may also be interested in Surprisingly, noise levels were low during gaming as well; it’s certainly wasn’t quiet, but it’s not bad either. Question is, who the hell can we trust? This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Although we’re using it as a video card benchmark, WiC performance also varies depending on CPU type and speed, making it an all-around useful performance test. The other accessories that we found in the HIS package are as follows: Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for us and for most enthusiasts either.

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Ian Marsh Gangster Joined: Also, note that performance jump from adding a second card in 3DMark percent is generally a best-case duual for dual-GPU configurations. It gets much slower after that but you should be warned about its potential noise, especially if you intend to tweak the fan speed up.

Two GPUs, one card: A review of the ATI Radeon HD X2 | Ars Technica

Future reviews will definitely feature Call of Duty 4 and several other titles that I’m still evaluating—if you have games or 3D applications you’d like to see tested in the future, drop me a line or post in the discussion thread.

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Jul 31, Posts: Oct 18, Posts: This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links. I appreciate what they’re trying to do, but their results look so skewed anyway.


Two GPUs, one card: A review of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

Oct 17, Posts: Fastestt be nice running one of these and an x in crossfire until i can afford a second x2. The results here shouldn’t be read as indicative of performance in any particular game, but should generally indicate how numbers will trend. Our initial impression of this dual GPU card – it’s almost a dumbbell for the fairer sex or us nerds in the lab.

Although we’re using it as a video card benchmark, WiC performance also varies depending on CPU type and speed, making it an all-around useful performance test. Jun 26, Posts: Other Radeon HD X2s. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. The following benchmarks were tested using their built-in time demo or benchmarking tools:.

Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review

More than anything else, the performance of Crysis in DX10 mode with fastset late driver update shows the potential of the X2 card. Unfortunately the extra performance gained from the overclocks is not as big as one would expect, but still, it’s the fastest X2 card. Overall I would suggest the Sapphire HD X2 Atomic Edition to everybody who wants the latest and the greatest with money being of secondary interest. Testbed configuration was as follows: For less experienced users who do not want to go into overclocking, but have a fat wallet, this is a great choice because it gives you high performance and the bragging rights of watercooling.

The game is playable at high quality settings on all of the dual-GPU configurations we tested, but the GT maintains a significantly higher framerate in single-card mode than its HD counterpart.


By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. HQ mode shakes things up a bit more. In fact, just go read the forums, and see their Editor telling anyone who questions the benchmark to go away, or just faxtest their posts.

The fan does spin at quite an alarming speed and very noisily during startup.

Feb 12, Posts: One reason to wait a bit with your purchase is that this month both AMD and NVIDIA will launch their new high-end products, which fasyest certainly have very competitive performance and pricing.

All tests are run three times and then averaged. One note here is that our operating environment is air-conditioned at about 21 to 22 degrees Celsius, so your own experience could vary depending on the card’s actual operating environment.

The weight is mostly from the giant cooler, which consists of a fan and two heatsinks, one for each GPU. And it appears that it supports only PCIe 1.

Test results are given for two performance brackets.