Asus HD 3850 X2 review

A twin graphics solution, but sometimes two heads aren't better than one

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Our Verdict

A fair performer, but there's not enough here to distract from its more competent peers


  • Decent performance
  • 1GB memory


  • Underperforms against competition
  • Chunky
  • Steep price

The original Asus 3850, especially in the 512MB iteration, is a thoroughly respectable card. It's not going to break the bank, runs quiet and runs with a single-slot form factor.

This twin set version with a whole 1GB graphics memory counters every single one of those plus points.

The twin fan setup is incredibly loud, it's going to run you well over the £200 mark and is just as massive as the 3870X2.

Chunky card

Performance-wise though, it does pretty well, batting just under the run rate of its older brother, the 3870x2. Then it's also only just a little less weighty on the wallet. You can pick up the faster card by spending only around £20 more, which ain't all that much.

Still, Asus' multi-GPU loving won't end here. Pretty soon we'll see the first modular graphics cards doing the rounds, based on the Trinity MXM prototype. But really, shun this chunky fella.