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MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC Radeon HD 3870 X2 Videocard Review
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC Radeon HD 3870 X2 Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
As its name suggests, MSI's R3870X2-T2D1G-OC videocard is the combination of two ATI HD 3870 GPUs on a single PCB to provide gamers with a ready-made crossfire gaming solution.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Sep 30 2008   M. Dowler  
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Conclusions: HD 3870 X2 Still Competitive?

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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Contents of Article: MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC
 Pg 1.  MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC Radeon HD 3870 X2 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 Technology
 Pg 3.  Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Twin Radeon 4870 GPUs
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: System Specs, 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark 3DMark06
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 9.  DX10 Video card Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 10.  Video card Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  Advanced Video card Benchmarks: Crysis, Quake 4
 Pg 12.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 13.  — Conclusions: HD 3870 X2 Still Competitive?

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