8800 killer emerges from AMD labs

Radeon 3870 X2Just a day before the wraps were set to come off the 3870 X2, a Chinese website has released an epically sized 32 page benchmark report on the new card, and it’s looking mighty fine!

Middle Eastern Gamers were nice enough to go through and pick out some of the results. In the tests the 3870 X2 was pitted against an 8800Ultra card and the results are very exciting.


Default 3DMark06 test:
– Radeon HD 3870 X2 score: 18,467
– 8800Ultra score: 14,197

3DMark06 test @ 2560 x 1600:
– Radeon HD 3870 X2 score: 12,578
– 8800Ultra score: 8,746

In the game benchmarks, the 3870 X2 scored almost 30% more the 8800Ultra in Call of Duty 4 @ 1280 x 1024. In F.E.A.R. the 3870 X2 scored 20% more than the 8800Ultra. The 8800Ultra did beat the 3870 X2 in the Crysis and BioShock benchmarks, but it’s likely due to problems with the Crossfire drivers not working correctly.

Laslty, power usage. The overall PSU load for 8800Ultra was 303W, with the Radeon HD 3870 X2 hitting 334W. That’s pretty damn good when you remember that the 3870 X2 is two cards in one.

It’s interesting to see AMD come out with with a majorly powerful video card after NVIDIAs domination of the market in 2007, but there are a few problems. The 8800Ultra was released in May of last year, and AMD have only just now managed to convincingly beat it. On top of that they had to use a card with 2 GPUs in it. Couple that with the fact that NVIDIA are on track to release the 9 series in February and this card might not look so impressive in a few months. Only time will tell.

You can take a gander at all of the results here, but just remember that all of it is in Chinese.

[via MEGamers]


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