Could a dual-GPU Radeon HD 3850 X2 be around the corner?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Could a new graphics card from AMD that uses two HD 3850 GPUs instead of two HD 3870 GPUs be ready for Computex? That is one rumor that is circulating though the prospect is not as odd as it might first sound. Remember, the HD 3870 and HD 3850 are essentially the same GPU with different clock speeds and different memory configurations in most cases. It would be very easy for AMD to simply use two lower clocked GPUs and cut the memory in half to offer a potential HD 3850 X2 card. Benefits could include much lower power consumption and MAYBE even a single slot card design if they can get the thermals properly aligned. It would be an interesting option depending on the pricing AMD would place on such a product.
According to OCWorkbench, AMD is rumored to be
launching the Radeon HD 3850 X2 at Computex in June, but we have to
wonder why they would wait so long. It doesn't take a genius to figure
out that it wouldn't be a huge effort to make such a card.
We're wondering why none of the AIB's haven't already tried their luck
by making one, and there shouldn't really be any reason for AMD to step
in here, as several of its partners did dual GPU cards in the past
without any official backing.
We'd expect to see both DDR3 and DDR2 boards, as there will be a cost
difference and, of course, a performance difference between the two.
The current Radeon HD 3870 X2 is on sale for a very attractive price in
parts of Europe, as it would actually cost you less than getting a pair
of Radeon HD 3870s in most cases. If the Radeon HD 3850 X2 can pull off
something similar, it could become a seriously popular dual GPU card.