With the release of the R770 and
ATI/AMD’s 48xx line of video cards, prices on the 38xx line have dropped
considerably, making the once prohibitively expensive HD 3870 X2 dual-GPU
graphics card affordable for the sightly more wealthy than average gamer.
While six months removed from the newest generation of
ATI/AMD video cards, the MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC still makes a hefty case for
itself as a pure gaming video card. In the majority of PCSTATS gaming benchmarks
it outpaced and outclassed all of its contemporaries, and we feel it would have
scored better still if not for some driver issues on a couple of benchmarks.
This is a big card in all senses of the word and requires a big case and a big
power supply to encompass its needs.
MSI’s packaging for the R3870X2-T2D1G-OC is more than
sufficient on the hardware front, including every adaptor you could ever need to
take advantage of the card’s capabilities. We would have liked to see more (or
even some) free software bundled with this product though. The lack of a
blu-ray/HD/DVD playback program is especially glaring.
Perhaps because of its twin-GPU configuration, the MSI
R3870X2-T2D1G-OC wasn't able to achieve much in the overclocking area, either in
GPU or memory overclocking. On the other hand, the card comes pre-overclocked to
a generous 860MHz, 35Mhz over stock. As with the HD 4870 X2 cards we have
tested, this video card is intended to game well ‘Out of The Box’.
So where does this leave you? Well, if you can find the
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC videocard for a steal it's worth considering, otherwise
PCSTATS thinks you'llbe better served by putting your pennies into the Radeon HD
4850 or Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics cards. Alternatively, if you already have a
MSI HD 3870 X2 videocard purring away under the hood, the benefits of running a
Crossfire'd pair of them is immediately obvious.
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