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Sapphire 3870 X2 512 (not 1gb)

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March 1, 2008 3:14:14 PM

I was searching for 3870 X2's and the search came across one for £150:

http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=676...

I thought it was a mistake but I checked the Sapphire site and they do sell a 512mb as well as a 1gb. Anyone seen any reviews for this card? Will the reduced memory cause a big performance hit?

thanks

Stephen

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March 1, 2008 3:26:13 PM

Probably ideal card to run graphics intensive games at lower resolution, but I would imagine the (relative) lack of memory would really hurt output at higher res.
An interesting card nonetheless, and a pretty damn good price as well!

March 1, 2008 4:19:40 PM

very interesting...how long before the egg gets them?
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March 2, 2008 12:01:04 PM

I'd like to run at 1600x1050, my monitors native res. Dont mind turning stuff down to acheive that.

I guess it depends on how the crossfire see's the 512mb, I assume it wont be seen as a contiguos block. I dont really know much about crossfire / SLI.
March 2, 2008 12:24:59 PM

If they do then each GPU gets 256MB of memory allocated to them.

Waste of money IMO
March 2, 2008 12:32:16 PM

sapphire is a waste of money. Sapphire has the worst customer service of any hardware company i have ever delt with. I had a 3870 go bad after 35 days. 6 weeks of emails and calls to sapphire and i never got one single reply.

Even tho my card was past the 30day return policy that newegg offered, newegg refunded my money because Sapphire did not honor its obligations. props to newegg for supporting its products.

Google sapphire support and gr33gecko(the forum admin). There are a lot of people with the same story about sapphire. They are a scam.

i would suggest buying from another manufacturer, Diamond, HIS, etc.
March 2, 2008 12:37:04 PM

turboflame said:
If they do then each GPU gets 256MB of memory allocated to them.

Waste of money IMO


I reckon you're wrong there. If you want a card that can run games at decent details at a resolution lower than 1440x900 then i reckon it'd be a sound choice. Not everyone has large monitors with high screen resolutions.
March 2, 2008 1:20:25 PM

quantumsheep said:
I reckon you're wrong there. If you want a card that can run games at decent details at a resolution lower than 1440x900 then i reckon it'd be a sound choice. Not everyone has large monitors with high screen resolutions.


True, but I am assuming that someone who would spend that much on a video card would pair it with a high end monitor. Plus games are becoming more and more demanding so 256MB may not cut it for much longer.

If you have a lower res monitor and aren't going with this card for the long run then it's fine.
March 2, 2008 1:49:45 PM

They should name it 3850 x2.
These cards would be a whole lot better if they could share the memory. It's still an interesting card though.
March 2, 2008 2:09:00 PM

Hmm never seen this before, does it perfom as good as the 1GB?? Any benchmarks?
March 2, 2008 3:10:55 PM

probably scale down performance wise at higher resolutions
March 2, 2008 7:42:42 PM

dude, that website was wrong.
March 2, 2008 7:57:48 PM

That's weird. It's mega cheap, like £10/20 more than a regular 3870, but the rest of the cards on the site aren't particularly cheap.

Anyone used or heard of this site?
March 2, 2008 8:05:34 PM

Strange... it also says GDDR4. I'm almost certain ATI hasn't completed the reference card for rev2 of the 3870x2. The Rev2 version is supposed to upgrade from DDR3->DDR4, and up the pcie bridge chip to pcie2.0 compliant. I call shenanigans.
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