ATI has announced the release of their Radeon HD 3870 X2 GPU, which marks the first graphics processor to break the teraflop barrier. The X2 combines two 55nm Radeon HD 3870 GPUs on a single graphics board connected through CrossFire technology. The mixture combines to nearly double the performance of the original 3870.
PC gaming enthusiasts demand the ultimate in performance and scalability for their HD gaming experience and the ATI Radeon 3870 X2 sets the standard by which all should be compared in this segment,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Product Group, AMD. “With this launch we reaffirm our commitment to enthusiast performance leadership and send a clear message that the ATI Radeon 3870 X2 is the new gold standard of the PC gaming world.”
One can clearly see that this graphics board is geared directly toward the PC gaming industry. However, the aforementioned technology affirms that given the right application, graphics processors [and other offload computing technologies] could offer a significant benefit to scientific/technical computing.
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