Hi, I have been searching for benchmarks comparing the new 3870s and the older x1900xt but have found nothing. I was looking to see how much of a difference in performance there was because i know the 3870 usually beats the 2900xt by a little bit but i remember back to May when the 2900xt was the same as the 1900xt so I didn't upgrade. I was excited to see that Toms added the 3870s to the VGA charts but the banged my head off the desk when all the drivers were still Cat 7.1. I love this site but I had Vista in February with 7.1 if I can recall correctly. That was the worst driver i have had on my comp ever!!! They all sucked until about 7.4 7.5 ish. My games work better with 7.11 on Vista then they did with XP. Posting benchmarks with a brand new card and 10 month old driver is not helpful. I understand that THG will probably have a new chart in 08 and i understand that they couldn't possibly update the charts with every driver release (once a year is fine). But why does no site compare ATI's older cards(R580) with the newer ones(R600 and RV670).
Sorry if this turned into more of a rant then a plea for help but it seemed rather odd to me. So if anyone could post some links to a review of a 3870 that includes any X1K series it would be greatly appreciated. I am sure there are others who are looking to upgrade but don't know what the gains will be. And sorry if this has been posted before or if I missed some obvious review somewhere. Thank You.
Well considering the 2900XT performs similar to the original 640mb GTS, which when I compare my X1900XTX to my buddies 640mb stock GTS his card is close to twice mine. So I would say that the 3870 is a formidable upgrade. I plan on getting either that card or the 8800GTS 640mb SSC Edition for x-mas (preferably the 3870, but if there is none available then I am not goin to wait. lol) Hope this helps.
The HD3850 256MB seems to match or beat the X1950XTX (king of that generation). So that gives you a starting point for comparing the two generations. The HD3870 is another step up from the 3850 and the X1900XT a step down from the 1950XTX.
Thank you all for the help. The links were very helpful, especially the one from the firingsquad. Its looking like i will upgrade to a 3870 unless i can find more info on the duel card that i heard is coming out in Q1 08. I wonder how well the multi-chip cards will stand up against the "monolithic" cards from Nvidia. I prefer the 1 huge card vs multiple smaller cards from my past experience (1 1900xt = 3 1600xt....can only use 2 at a time) but if they are going to be multiple chips on one card i guess its kinda the same.