This is dissapointing for AMD. With the GTX dipping down into the 350 dollar realm and this card in the 450 dollar realm, I will still take the aging GTX any day but that is a matter of personal preference. I hope that more mature drivers make this card a contender because you can SLI 8800GT's and annihilate this dual GPU setup...for about the same price!
This video card is exciting for AMD and it is exciting for gamers. We are talking about the new ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 video card that puts two R670 GPUs onto one PCB and runs them transparently in a CrossFire configuration.
Before we dive into specifications let's go back and summarize what the Radeon HD 3870 is. The Radeon HD 3800 series was launched on November 15th, 2007, a short two months ago. In the HD 3000 series AMD launched the ATI Radeon HD 3850 and 3870. In our evaluation back in November we found both video cards to offer exceptional gaming performance for their price points. The Radeon HD 3850 was a heck of a surprise, offering the best performance under $200 we have seen yet. The Radeon HD 3870 was a huge power efficiency upgrade from the Radeon HD 2900 XT and offered solid performance in its price range.
The Radeon HD 3870 uses a 55nm manufacturing process, which allows it to achieve high clock speeds and low power utilization. It is a huge improvement over the Radeon HD 2900 XT. The Radeon HD 3870 has 320 stream processors, 16 ROPs and is clocked at 775 MHz. It has 512MB of 256-bit 2.25 GHz GDDR4 alongside with PCIe Gen2 support and DirectX 10.1 support. Go ahead and look over the specifications on this page and you can compare them with the 3870 X2 below.