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Review: AMD Radeon HD 3870: the new midrange DX10 king?

by Tarinder Sandhu on 15 November 2007, 05:00

Tags: HIS Radeon HD 3870, AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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NVIDIA's TWIMTBP is in evidence for, perhaps, the most eagerly-awaited game of 2007: Crysis. We've benchmarked the single-player demo but had to reduce the tested resolutions to 1280x1024 and 1680x1050 to ensure that we obtained even semi-playable frame rates. In-game detail was set to high.





The Radeon HD 3870 is able to beat out its more-expensive rival for the first time but take a look at the average frame rates and you'll see that every card struggles to cope with the graphically-demanding engine.

Crysis exacts heavy punishment on a GeForce 8800 GTS 320, causing our test-rig to crash on a regular basis at 1280x1024 - and the benchmark wouldn't complete successfully at 1680x1050.

Running Radeon HD 3870s in CrossFire was possible, contrary to the advice AMD published at the time. However, there was significant corruption and no multi-GPU speed-up. You can also see that SLI support for Crysis is heavily compromised at 1680x1050, as the dual cards barely outperform a single card.