|Diamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Ronald Tibbetts|
|Tuesday, 11 March 2008|
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HD 3870 Package and Contents
The retail box is what you'd expect from a mid-range card without any "bells and whistles", using a basic double carton design that houses the Diamond HD 3870 snugly in foam and a static bag. I have to give "kudos" to Diamond here for not using any garish colors schemes or characters. Sticking to the familiar Ruby personality and using the equally familiar ATI red/black color scheme, making the packaging stand-out while also clear to read and understand.
As a note however, the card is marketed on the retail box as a "Ruby Edition", though the card itself is devoid of any Ruby sticker that typically covers the stock heatsink fan shroud; this oversight is in no way a problem for this reviewer however contradictory it may seem.
The retail package clearly lists the many features of the Diamond HD 3870, with logos for each of the supported technologies. However, there is a logo that appears on the carton that shouldn't. Some readers might be aware of the recent news story reporting that Diamond HD 3850's has the THX logo without any actual support for this feature. It now appears that Diamond HD 3870's have this issue as well. From Diamond: "It came to our attention that the "THX" logo mistakenly has been printed on 3850 box. This mistake happened as result of misunderstanding of former employee. This is to confirm that this product and or any other Diamond's products have ever supported "THX". This mistake has been corrected."
Though not the most complete bundle offered by add-in board partners, the Diamond HD 3870 does provide everything needed for gaming and video playback. Perhaps Diamond's reasons for not including any game bundles or vouchers is answered by their provided xDNA software drivers that allow CrossFire to run on any motherboard with atleast two free PCIe X16 slots. A nice trick potentially saving their customers money in hardware changes that could be used towards games.