Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB GPUs Don’t Have 512-bit Memory Interfaces

Miscommunication Between our Factory and Engineering

This past Tuesday we did an article on the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3870 1GB video card and it turns out some of the details in that article were incorrect. When the Diamond Multimedia launched the first 1GB ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card they had the memory interface incorrectly labeled as 512-bit. One of our sharp eyed readers that purchased the card caught the mistake and let us know about it.  We looked around the internet and found that Diamond and every retailer selling the card has the memory interface listed at 512-bit.

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Legit Reviews contacted the Diamond Multimedia marketing department and asked them to confirm that the video card had a 512-bit memory interface. After a quick phone call overseas it turns out that the card is not! Mistakes like this happen all the time and we are pointing it out as our article on Tuesday had bad information in it. We obtained that information from the Diamond Multimedia website and the preliminary specification sheet that was sent out to review sites.

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In an official statement for Legit Reviews, Diamond Multimedia had this to say on the issue.

Upon looking into this, it seems that there was some miscommunication between our factory and engineering. We have confirmed that the box is correct in stating 256-bit memory interface. We truly apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused. We will be fixing all online sources to reflect the correction. – Diamond Multimedia PR on 4/25/2008

It seems that the box has the correct information on it, but everthing on the internet is incorrect. The Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3870 1GB video card is available at CompUSA, Newegg, Mwave, Zipzoomfly, Tigerdirect, ExtremePC and NCIX. All of these stores have the wrong information listed.

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Hopefully over the next few days many of the retailers will be able to update the details of the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3870 1GB video card.  Thanks again to all the sharp eyed consumers that caught the typo and let us know about it! It would have been interesting to see this card with a 512-bit memory interface, but what can you do.


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