Review Alienware M17 Gaming Notebook
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 | ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 | 17.10" | 4.5 kg
The Mobility Radeon X3870 X2 combines two Mobility Radeon 3870 graphics cards (on MXM boards) onto one laptop in Crossfire (CF) mode. Therefore, the combination has a power consumption of roughly both cards combined. While the total available VRAM has been doubled, the effective VRAM is actually half of the combined total as each card must store the same textures and data onto their own respective onboard VRAM chips.
Depending on the application, the performance of the Radeon X3870 X2 about 0-40 percent above a single Mobility HD 3870 and is even a bit above the GeForce 8800M GTX SLI solution. Most, if not all, DirectX 9 games can run fluently in high resolutions and detail settings. More demanding DirectX 10 games, such as Crysis, will only run acceptably well on medium to high detail settings with lowered resolutions.
As with all multi-GPU solutions, the HD 3870 X2 may suffer from a phenomenon known as micro stuttering. See here for an overview of the term and why it happens.
Hardware features that can be found on a single Mobility HD 3870 have been preserved in the Crossfire combination. As a result, the dual GPU setup can take advantage of Avivo HD in order to aid the CPU in decoding videos.
The power consumption of the Mobility 3870 X2 can be up to 110 Watt when including the MXM boards and VRAM chips. AMD specifies that the HD 3800 series can draw up to 33-55 Watt per card.
Mobility Radeon HD 3800 Series
|Pipelines||640 - unified|
|Core Speed||660 MHz|
|Memory Speed||850 MHz|
|Memory Bus Width||256 Bit|
|API||DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.0|
|Power Consumption||110 Watt|
|Transistor Count||1.3 Billion|
|Date of Announcement||01.09.2008|
The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.
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