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MSI RX3870-T2D512E OC Videocard Review

In the meantime, gamers are enjoying attractive price points nearly across the board, and unlike days of yesteryear, enthusiasts needn't plunk down $600+ for a high end gaming experience. Remarkably, AMD's HD 3870 has nestled into the $150ish tier, unheard of territory for a high performance part.

Built on a 55nm manufacturing process, AMD's RV670 core puts the company's graphics division back in the same ballpark as Nvidia, and then ups the ante by adding DirectX 10.1 support, a claim Nvidia can't currently make.

Combined with the low street pricing, the HD 3870 has suddenly become a very compelling solution. But is it enough to stave off the urge to wait? We intend to find out as we get our game on with MSI's RX3870-T2D512E OC.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.