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Xbit Labs: ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review

Xbit labs writes:

"It is too early yet to call the Radeon HD 3870 X2 a success or a defeat. A gamer who buys a $449 graphics card touted as a flagship product with unrivalled performance expects it to provide maximum performance in all, or nearly all, of his favorite games, which means ATI still has a lot of work to do until the new card becomes a true king of 3D."

Highs:
- Excellent performance in ATI CrossFire mode;
- Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
- Excellent quality of anisotropic filtering;
- 640 shader processors, 32 TMU and 32 ROP;
- Good start for the future: DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support;
- Fully-fledged hardware support for HD video decoding;
- Superb HD-video post-processor;
- Integrated sound core with HDMI support;

Lows:
- No compatibility issues with contemporary mainboards
- Low noise
- Potentially capable of working in 4-way ATI CrossFire system.
- Insufficient driver optimization
- Performance in each application depends on driver support
- Relatively high power consumption
- Relatively high price

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