AMD release Radeon HD 3800-series – first reviews out
AMD needed every inch of that progress in order to come within shouting distance of the outstanding GeForce 8800 GT. Fortunately, they’ve done it, and the Radeon HD 3870 looks like a reasonable alternative, provided AMD can make good on its $219 price target. No, the HD 3870 isn’t as fast as the GeForce 8800 GT, but we tested the latest games at very high resolutions and it still achieved some decent frame rates in today’s games?except for, you know, Crysis, which bogs down any GPU. If you’re using a display with a more common resolution like 1600×1200, 1680×1050, or 1920×1200, the HD 3870 will typically allow you to turn up the eye candy and still get fluid performance. Some folks will probably be willing to take that deal and pocket the difference in price versus the 8800 GT. I can’t say I’d blame them.