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  • VisionTek ATI HD 3870 X2 OC Review
  • VisionTek ATI HD 3870 X2 OC Review



    Installing the VisionTek 3870 X2 OC is similar to any other video card install.  Simply snap the card securely into your PCI-Express slot and plug in the two 6-pin power sockets.  Don’t forget to secure the top of the card with a couple of screws.  The extra size of a double width card coupled with the large copper heatsink could be enough to cause damage to your slot if not installed properly.
    With four DVI ports to choose from you may have to try a couple of times to find the live port during the initial boot.  Our card installed with the CrossFireX option already turned on but the installation card recommends checking this setting after the first driver installation and enable CrossFireX if desired.
    The VisionTek HD 3870 X2 Overclocked Edition is one of the most impressive looking cards you can buy.  The copper heatsink is on par with some of the top aftermarket cooling systems and the fans run at a reasonable volume even under load.  Ultimately you do pay a little more for factory overclocking and the upgraded cooling, and this card is definitely on top of the 38xx family.

    VisionTek sweetens the pot by offering solid HD video and 5.1 surround sound via HDMI, ATI Avivo™ HD Technology and the UnifiedVideo Decoder for stunning high definition playback.  Support of DirectX 10.1 and shader Model 4.1 provide the best possible Vista support and VisionTek backs it all with a lifetime warranty and toll free technical support. 

    Now for the ever popular list of Good things and Bad things.  happy smile
    Good Things
    HDMI Video Out
    5.1 Channel Surround Sound
    Red PCB
    DirectX 10.1 Support
    Unified Video Decoder for Blu-Ray and HD-DVD
    factory Overclocking
    Bad Things
    No exhaust port for the heatpipes
    Driver support still not mature
    HD Video Playback requires HD video player
    We would like to thank VisionTek for helping to make this review possible.  Be sure to check out their website for the latest in VisionTek products and drivers.