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So i Was looking at Some 3870's X2's for a future Build and i found this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131100

It Looks Really good 2250MHz Memory Clock for this GDDR4 Version vs 1800MHz for the Regular 3870 X2. What Really Shocked me was That in the Pictures you can See 2 6pin PCI e Power Connectors vs the 1x6 and 1x8 Pin on the regular 3870x2. They Also Cost the Same, minus the rebate.

So what do ya'll think? Think this Card Will Get Better FPS in Games? i cant seem to find any reviews for it.
    
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The regular 3870x2's memory can be easily overclocked to 975 or more.

From a benching perspective..yea you will see an increase. But from games FPS, no you won't notice anything.

But I personally recommend the ones that exhaust air out of the case. When I put my hand where the heat comes out of the card, it is hot and there are alot of it.

The one you link is a great card, but it will dump TONS of heat into your case.
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The regular 3870x2's memory can be easily overclocked to 975 or more.

From a benching perspective..yea you will see an increase. But from games FPS, no you won't notice anything.
What makes you say that? The memory bandwidth would be significantly increased. Is the 3870X2 core limited, then?
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But I personally recommend the ones that exhaust air out of the case. When I put my hand where the heat comes out of the card, it is hot and there are alot of it.

The one you link is a great card, but it will dump TONS of heat into your case.
Agreed, That Cooler is Fugly anyways. The One that Push Air out of the Case is the Long Enclosed ones right? Like Dis one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102723
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What makes you say that? The memory bandwidth would be significantly increased. Is the 3870X2 core limited, then?
I didn't say it wasn't a better card. It will show an increase in benchmark scores. But if you were talking about Gaming performance, I fail to notice the different between 60fps and 65fps for excample. But that card will dump way too much heat into a case to be worth the extra fps.
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I didn't say it wasn't a better card. It will show an increase in benchmark scores. But if you were talking about Gaming performance, I fail to notice the different between 60fps and 65fps for excample. But that card will dump way too much heat into a case to be worth the extra fps.
The TDPs should be about the same for both cards, as GDDR4 requires less voltage than GDDR3.
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The TDPs should be about the same for both cards, as GDDR4 requires less voltage than GDDR3.
NO offense dude, read the above posts. I was talking about the card OP linked which in this case was Gddr4 but with the cooler dumping air into the case vs out of the case.

Because that card was the same price as the gddr3 ones he has seen, he asked if it was worth it, and I said from benching yes. Gaming, not really as he won't notice a real world difference and it would dump a TON of heat into his case.
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NO offense dude, read the above posts. I was talking about the card OP linked which in this case was Gddr4 but with the cooler dumping air into the case vs out of the case.

Because that card was the same price as the gddr3 ones he has seen, he asked if it was worth it, and I said from benching yes. Gaming, not really as he won't notice a real world difference and it would dump a TON of heat into his case.
I realize this, but it's still not going to make much of a difference. The cooler is better and so the air will be cooler than what would be exhausted through the stock cooler. Yes, more heat will be in the case, but it isn't going to drastically change other temperatures like you imply.
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I realize this, but it's still not going to make much of a difference. The cooler is better and so the air will be cooler than what would be exhausted through the stock cooler. Yes, more heat will be in the case, but it isn't going to drastically change other temperatures like you imply.
Do you personally own a 3870x2?
Do you know how much heat that card puts out?


The card will run cooler because of a better cooler, but the card will put out the same amount of heat regardless. A better cooler will move the heat from the card quicker and in this case...into his case.

You really should go find a 3870x2 and put your hand where the exhaust heat is, and you will know what I am talking about.

It will change the temperature in your case drastically. Matter of fact, it changes the temperature of my room quite a bit.
If you don't mind that kind of heat in your case, be my guess.
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