Asus EAH3850 Trinity

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts
 
Asus TrinityWhile the Asus Trinity might be able to push out some decent benchmarking results and offer users the ability to upgrade the GPU/Memory on the card, Asus implicitly state that it will never go into mass production - and in all honesty, that makes us quite happy. Don't get me wrong, the Trinity is a great bit of kit, and something that ASUS will undoubtedly be able to win many willy-waving competitions against other ATI AIB's with, but the practicality of such a card (mainly thanks to its bulky cooling solution) means that it wouldn't stand a chance in the real world.
 
However, one area that the MXM modular GPU technology could certainly show promise is in HTPC's. Where HTPC users are normally limited for choice with what cards can be used in low-profile enclosures, an MXM module integrated on to an M-ATX motherboard could possibly (if the support was there) give users the ability to pick and choose from a much wider range of GPU's, and upgrade without worrying about possible fitting issues.
 
 
The Good
• Pretty decent results for three mid-range notebook GPU's slapped together.
• MXM design allows for upgrading of GPU (not that we'll ever see an MXM module again...maybe).
 
The Bad
• Its huuuuuge!
 
The Ugly
• Thermaltake cooling..
 
 
In three words: silly, sexy, cool.
 
 
Overclock3D Innovation Award 
 
 
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27-04-2008, 10:17:49

JN
"With three HD3850's on one board and a release date of....never, the Asus Trinity is one interesting bit of kit."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...134807649s.jpg

Asus EAH3850 Trinity Review / Preview kinda thing

27-04-2008, 10:22:26

Toxcity
Amazing Review Jimage!

Not a bad card either.. isn't coming to shops though is it?

27-04-2008, 10:31:26

equk
Interesting

Keep seeing all these new dual/triple GPU graphics cards, but not heard much more about the micro stuttering issue that was posted in feb.

Before buying any SLI/Crossfire or dual/triple GPU I'd be interested to know if this issue exists. I am guessing it does and manufacturers are hoping the issue will not become common knowledge?

Video proof: Micro stuttering may destroy the performance gains from current multi GPU technologies

27-04-2008, 12:57:55

w3bbo
Great review Jim.

Thermaltake liquid cooling solution *ahem*



Lol - my thoughts exactly, what were asus thinking.:stickpoke

27-04-2008, 18:04:56

FarFarAway
Awesome review Jim, looks like a pretty ridiculous bit of kit but good fun nonetheless
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