Neoseeker : News : Extensive details on ATI's new HD 3870 X2 (RV680) pop up
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VeGiTAX2 Dec 22, 07
Nice, seems the card stayed the same to the close up shots that have been going out there for a bit.

Shame that it's 2 3870 X2's (4 GPU's total) supported and not 4. haha 8 GPU's would be sweet to have even if the PSU requirement would be absurd.
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DeathMonkey Dec 24, 07
Anyone know the kind of price these things will be coming out for? I'm looking to buy a new graphics card
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ShadowJ Dec 26, 07
So is this ATI's reply to Nvidia's Geforce 8800 series? We all know the HD2XXX series was a flop against the 8 series when they first came out, so hopefully this means ATI have put themselves out of the box on this one.

Unfortunately I am guessing it will have the same price tag as the 8 series as well
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VeGiTAX2 Dec 26, 07
Er shadowj have you been following this news much?

The 3850 comes in around $170 and the 3870 comes in around $219 MSRP for both cards. On top of that the X2 has been talked about to carry a suggested $350 pricetag with it.

As such you're getting a lot of bang out of the card without breaking the bank. At the moment I'd say that we're a bit off from seeing a non-RV chipset at the helm for the 3xxx series. The only bright side to this so far is that instead of making the same mistakes with the HD2400 and 2600 is that this round the value chips are based on the high end part in a die shrunk form. (HD3850 and 3870 are based on the 2900XT minus 512bit ring bus)
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Guest Dec 27, 07
Hello Kevin and gamer fans.

The smart PC gamer will patiently await Nvidia's quarter 1, 2008 release of a new GPU architecture to replace the 8800 series architecture.

It is rumored to have over 1 teraflop computing power in a single GPU card. Forget ATI's RV680, and look forward to Nvidia's new graphics cards.
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VeGiTAX2 Dec 27, 07
The G92 is already in 8800GTS Cards (512MB setting not 640MB) it'll be a matter of time to see if the community manages to extract further potential from it.

As far as waiting, thats generally a given although many probably recall that it's been some time since the two have released around the same span.

Once it actually hits we'll see how it all stacks up, hopefully we're not all subjected to driver excuses though. =/ from either camp it's generally annoying since it's not like they didn't know they were coming out with a new platform.
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Guest Jan 7, 08
The HD2900XT's hold the highest 3dMark06 scores by over 3000 points... Donno what your talking about ATI being a flop... The HD3870 that is supposably slower than a 8800GT actually scored 2000 points higher than a 8800Ultra in SLI.
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Guest Jan 7, 08
The HD2900XT's hold the highest 3dMark06 scores by over 3000 points... Donno what your talking about ATI being a flop... The HD3870 that is supposably slower than a 8800GT actually scored 2000 points higher than a 8800Ultra in SLI.
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DeathMonkey Jan 7, 08
I just bought a HD3850 cos I saw it going for cheap. It performs damn well for what I paid for it. To get an 8800GT I would have had to have paid nearly twice the price.

I think I'm a pretty smart PC gamer :]
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kspiess Jan 7, 08
^^^ a good card, DeathMonkey. For the price, the HD 3850 have been good cards, judging from the couple that I've seen in action.

Duffbeer Hey dude. While it looks like NVIDIA will be releasing a 9800 GX2 (a double-card card) and a 9800 GTX, from what I've read, the 9800 GTX is not a new architecture, it's just a update of sorts. So I'm guessing that ATI will release something that'll be able to compete.

The 9800 GTX looks like it'll be out in late Feb or early March.
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VeGiTAX2 Jan 7, 08
Is the 9800GTX based on the new low end G98 chip they were talking about a bit ago? Just wondering. It would be nice if all these demo units of the 3870X2 finally managed to reach retail production already. It seems like ages since the first test models were shot.
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