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AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
Posted by newsbot on January 29th 2008

While the Radeon HD3870 X2 has the potential to become one of, if notthe fastest graphics cards released to date, it’s not something that Ican recommend over Nvidia’s current flagship GeForce 8800 Ultra and8800 GTX cards because it’s only as strong as its weakest link. Sadlyfor AMD’s graphics product group, that means there’s a long road aheadwith driver support for this beast because, even from just looking atcurrent releases, I believe there will be scenarios in the future whereCrossFire isn’t as well supported as it probably should be.There are many ways to look at this and I’m sure the conspiracytheorists are hard at work. Are the developers locking AMD out becausethey’re working closely with Intel’s and Nvidia’s developer relationsteams? Is AMD’s developer relations team helping developers toimplement proper CrossFire support? Or is there something else thatI’ve missed completely? I honestly don’t know what the situation is,but there are developers which I’ve spoken to in confidence that haven’theard from AMD for a while.Ultimately, the long term success of this card is going to come down toAMD’s driver and developer relations teams and how well it getssupported in this year’s crop of new releases. I’m all for fastergraphics cards using multiple GPUs, but there needs to be transparencyfor the gamer to really harness a multi-GPU card’s potential. In thescenarios where the support is there, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 performsvery well and it can be looked upon as a match for Nvidia’s nownine-month old GeForce 8800 Ultra, but in the scenarios where thereisn’t support, you end up with a card that isn’t even as fast assomething that’s nearly half the price.

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