ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB hits PCPer
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 09:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Just last month we were speculating that a dual-GPU graphics card like the AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 could be coming down the pipe but using the slightly slower AMD 3850 GPU. Turns out we were right and in fact we already have an ASUS EAH3850 X2 1GB card in house for testing:
Unsurprisingly, this new graphics card looks a lot like the custom-built Radeon HD 3870 X2 card that ASUS released earlier in the year, though by own accounts with some mixed opinions.
Test system: Intel Core 2 Duo X6800, 2GB DDR2-800, ASUS X38 motherboard, Catalyst 8.4
For comparison, a single HD 3870 card gets a score of about 10,400 while the HD 3870 X2 card pulls in 13,300 or so.
The estimated price on the ASUS EAH3850 X2 1GB card is $349 and it should be available starting sometime next week. That price tag places the card between the HD 3870 single-GPU cards (some of which have come out with 1GB of memory as well) and the dual-GPU HD 3870 X2s. This is indeed an area that AMD needs to address as they have no other GPU options for gamers in the $250-$350 range. Hopefully we'll see the HD 3850 X2 1GB models from more vendors causing a price drop closer to $300. But for now, we are eager to get a full allotment of time with this card and report our results! Check back soon!!
If you have comments, questions or suggestions on what to test for our full review, stop in this thread of our forums to let us know.
UPDATE: It turns out that Newegg.com is already selling these cards for the $349 price tag.