Legit Video Card Reviews
ATI Radeon HD 3870 CrossFire Video Card Review
|Product:||ATI Radeon HD 3870 Graphics Card|
|Date:||Wed, Dec 05, 2007 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Usually, we don't dedicate an entire page to video card temperatures, but it was included this time around as it seems that it has become an area of concern among enthusiasts and gamers. To get load temperature results we used ATI tool to heat up the cards and used the ATI CATAYST Control Center to get idle and load temperatures.
With the ATI Tool open, the video card was rendering the object in the picture above at over 900 frames per second. This object puts the GPU at 99% load, which is great for heating up the car. We let it run for half an hour and it was enough to get the card up to 90 degrees Celsius. It should be noted that this was done on the open test bench with the motherboard laying flat, so expect slightly higher temperatures with the card installed in a case. Let's take a look to see how the Radeon HD 3870 does against other ATI Radeon HD graphics cards.
Benchmark Results: The Radeon HD 3870 is is warmer at idle when compared to the Radeon HD 3850, but at load it is 2C cooler thanks to the dual slot cooling solution. This is right where we expected the card to be, so let's move on to overclocking.
Next Page - Overclocking
Page 1 - The Radeon HD 3870 Video Cards Arrive!
Page 2 - The Test System
Page 3 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Page 4 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - Company of Heroes
Page 6 - World in Conflict
Page 7 - BioShock
Page 8 - Crysis
Page 9 - Call of Duty 4
Page 10 - 3DMark 2006
Page 11 - Temperatures
Page 12 - Overclocking
Page 13 - Power Consumption and Conclusion