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PowerColor Radeon HD 3870 X2 DirectX 10.1 AX3870X21GBD4PH 1GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR4 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • 1GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR4
  • Core Clock 825MHz
  • 3 x DVI 1 x HDMI
  • 640 (320x2) Stream Processing Units
  • PCI Express x16

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Lance S.
  • 2/10/2009 1:55:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast & Powerful

Pros: Excellent card. Very fast and extremely powerful. The quality is brilliant. I play a few FPS games, but editing HD footage from my Canon HG10 is what I spend a lot of time doing. I used to have the Saphire Radeon 9600xt (4 years old). It couldn't handle even a small HD file. The 3870 X2 handles it like a pro. It performs like a high end card for a mid-market price. Can't beat it.

Cons: Really big! Almost didn't fit in my case. It's design makes it a little bit of a problem to secure, but nothing that would deter me from buying another.

Other Thoughts: The drivers don't play too well with Vista. It took a couple of hours of playing with it to get it to work correctly.

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  • Beracah Y.
  • 2/3/2009 4:52:48 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsfast, but as sharp as it should be?

Pros: this was a really fast card for what seems to be a reasonable cost. it replaced my sapphire hd 2600 xt & is driving 3 monitors instead of just the 2 that it was driving. actually, it is *really* fast so far. I don't play games that much anymore, but doubt I would have any difficulty at the highest rez, since I'm running all 3 monitors in 1920x1200

Cons: ok, so i'm feeling a little bit dizzy and sick after looking at my main dvi/hdcp monitor for a couple hours after hooking this card up. My vision is a little blurry and I'm having trouble focusing. I never had that problem with the 2600 xt, in fact, it was the sharpest I had ever seen a display get; work all day long, no headaches or blurriness of vision. I'm feeling that after only a couple hours on this powercolor 3870x2. funny that my regular vga screens seems rather ok, and not too hard on my eyes. (all monitors are exactly the same)

Other Thoughts: hmm, i may switch to the vga cable to see if it is something weird...

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  • Alex P.
  • 1/26/2009 10:41:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card For The Money

Pros: This card for the money is SWEET!! it plays all of my games on there max settings, including Crysis. with all the settings on max it hovers around 17fps on crysis. its a great card.

Cons: it vents all of its massive amounts of hot air into the case.
shouldn't be a problem if your case has good air flow.

Other Thoughts: great gaming card.

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  • thomas d.
  • 1/26/2009 6:50:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsAti

Pros: This card was a great card for the time it worked, it played every new game like a champ- World of Warcraft, All Source Games and Grand Theft Auto. Seemed to be great

Cons: It couldn't play games like Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2 without downloading a program that changes the way it runs games. It was only good for brand new games and it was a hassle to fire up the old ones..Huge, but that's not a huge problem. Just had a lot of working with the case to get it to fit. Updating the drivers was hell, half the time the update didn't fix your problem. I experienced the "Atibug" which is now leading to me never buying an Ati product again. I consider them like microsoft with xbox 360 when they first started to act goofy. They just don't care. Its pretty loud but the worst part is it gets hot as hell. Its not my fault and there is nothing more i can do to keep it cool...i had 2 fans that were not cheap, good quality fans that worked b4 and with this didnt really help. I also added 2 more fans that kept it cooler but still made it hot.

Other Thoughts: Overall it was a good video card for when it lasted. I wouldn't take the risk and buy it though, i understand that myself and others are the rare people who experienced the "atibug" but take it from a guy who has it...its not worth the risk!

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  • Patrick B.
  • 1/21/2009 10:51:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCrysis on High

Pros: Dual GPU design
1gig onboard gddr4
Plays crysis on High settings at 1680x1050 and a decent framerate(30-45)

Cons: Fan is a little loud, but not too noticable over my antec 900 case fans

Other Thoughts: System specs:
E8500 @ 3.8Ghz
MSI P45 Neo2-FR
4gig 1066 Corsair Dominator
PC power and cooling quad 750W
Antec 900

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  • Richard M.
  • 1/8/2009 9:30:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHDCP = lame, interferes with HDMI port functionality

Pros: My previous system had a 4200Ti in it. This is one heck of an improvement over that. I've avoided ATI cards for the last 7 years after I had issues with trying to get drivers to load and function on an older card of theirs. This card is awesome beyond belief. after rebates, it became the best 180 investment for my new computer.

Cons: my "monitor" is a Sceptre 42BV-FullHD TV, and if I don't have the sound playing through the HDMI, the TV thinks it failed the HDCP handshake, and resends it... This causes the computer to run an autodetect, and the screen to flash. This flashing happens about once every second, and makes it extremely annoying, and mostly unviewable. Fortunately, stopping it is a simple matter of opening something with sound in it, and then it quits trying to authenticate the TV. I pin that more on HDCP than the card or the TV.

As has been mentioned this card is gainormous. it blocks 3 of my 5 SATA conenctorsand interferes with installing the lower harddrive cage in my cheap case, but who really needs room for 7 harddrives in a gaming computer... Like Borris "The Bullet dodger" Russian would say, "Heavy is good, Heavy is reliable. if it doesn't fire, you can hit them with it. "

Other Thoughts: Athlon 64x2 6000+ 4 gig, XP Pro, Minor case mods, and cable runs done via Genius lightning

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/4/2009 5:52:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: I have a friend that had some extra funds laying around so we figured we would get and try to blow it up. We pushed it 3X the default with a factory cooling device. The darn thing held up... We're thinking of getting water C and Making it dance to techno at warp speeds, Something in a Cnote. But yeah. MSI board and whatnot. NO PROBLEMS with the install at all, Its long but with the proper case and stabilizers, she can make you Happy longtime!!

Cons: Something about the way it plays left for dead, its like you can tell where/who the Zombs are going to attack before they do it... Its funny, like a hardware hack

Other Thoughts: Its not SO pricey that you can't get it and nice enough to do the job. I recommend getting no less then 2, if you get 3 then your in, Provided you can get the 3 way strip. I should have got a Vid of it...

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  • Nelbert C.
  • 1/4/2009 8:30:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Price, for an Amazing Card

Pros: I bought this card just out of curiosity I wanted to see how it compares to my 8800GTX I bought the GTX when it was still over $500 and I loved the Card it played with out any problems. I stumbled a crossed this card and saw it was only $250 now and it was a dual core GPU and Nivida had the same for the 9800X2 but it was at the time over $600. So I looked at it and GDDR4 512bit memory with 1 GB with HDMI out with HD sound WOW doesnt sound bad at all. So its almost all kinds of crazy for its cheap price.

Cons: Well the Power Connectors are in a really bad spot even in my Antec 900 it was a really tight fit. its probably just my card that I have but when Im playing a game the fan make a funky noise like it going to fly off and kill someone. Heat is about the same as a GTX.

Other Thoughts: I put it in and fired it up I first tested it with Call of Duty 4, Works great the GTX preformed the same, I put in Crysis this is where is did just a little better then the GTX the Radeon seemed to preform with the Max settings a bit smoother than the GTX. I love RTS Games like Star craft and Lord of the Rings Battle for middle earth. Well thats where you can really test the performance of a System the best Game to use is Medieval Total War I can never get more than 7,000 troops in one battle without the system lagging alot. I have a Intel Core Duo Quad, OCZ Dual Channel 4GBs of Ram and 950 Watt power supply with am XFX 8800 GTX. Well with this Radeon I got to add on 2,000 more to the battle before the game was unplayable. This was with the Games settings on Max. If you want to test out your gaming system try that game.

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  • Sebastian B.
  • 12/30/2008 2:22:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate On this Card

Pros: I just upgraded my computer.
Works perfect, and I am thinking about getting second one.

Cons: None for me and my setup.

Other Thoughts: I run it on.
Motherboard ECS X58B-A
3x1GB Platinum OCZ Memory L7
Silverstone ST70F 700W
CPU i7 920
Thermaltake CL-P0508 110mm CPU Cooler
Case Antec 900 Series.

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  • Steven G.
  • 12/17/2008 4:08:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe review below is misleading

Pros: This card definitely does use ATI's catalyst drivers. You don't need to use the Powercolor ones at all. I've been running it on ATI's catalyst drivers, without a hitch, since the day I got it. Guess the dude's tech knowledge is more likely abysmal than "high".

Cons: Epic failure. In most hardware failures the fault lies with the consumer, not the manufacturer.

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