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Is 2 GT cards in SLI better than 1 GTX card?

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January 30, 2006 4:40:15 PM

Hello,

Any ideas which setup would be best ?

-(2) XfX 7800 GT 256meg PCIe cards. running in SLI OR (1) BFG 7800 GTX 256meg PCIe card. Both setups cost the same.

-MBoard will be Asus A8NSLI32 I think. I will be running mainly MAYA and 3Dmax 7 / photoshop , but some games.

Thanks in advance for any advice
Cheers
Dave
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January 30, 2006 5:03:20 PM

A Pair of SLI GT's will defeat a single GTX256, every day of the week, in every gaming benchmark....bar none!

In FEAR 1024x768/4xAA/16xAF, a single GT gets about 51 fps, a GTX about 55, a pair of GTs gets about 95 fps, and a pair of GTX256's about 99 fps.....
January 30, 2006 5:20:21 PM

in this case 2 bfg's in sli would beat 1 256 gtx.
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January 30, 2006 5:23:54 PM

Two GTs would be better.

But if you're not a hardcore gamer, two 7800's is a waste. If Maya and Photoshop are your thing, just get the single 7800 GT.

Two is wayyy overkill for a non-gaming machine, SLI'd cards won't help maya much at all, and Photoshop will never see the difference between one or two cards.
January 30, 2006 8:26:25 PM

Thanx very much for the advice...Just purchased (2) BFG 7800 GT OC cards with 256 meg each...Gonna hook up SLI.

Cheers
DAVE
My new setup so far ...

Lian li PC-V1200 aluminum case
AMD 4400 "dual core" 2meg cashe
Asus A8NSLI32 MB
(3) Maxtor sata2 300GB HD's 16 meg cashe (1 sys disk and 1 raid comp)
4Gigs OCZ ram (low latency of 2)
(2 cards) BFG 7800 GT OC 256 megs in SLI
550W Antec true power
Win 64 bit xp pro
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January 31, 2006 6:22:37 AM

I hope this SLI setup is for games and not someone's advice telling you SLI will improve viewport/screen redraws in the apps you mentioned? I'm almost positive SLI does nothing for the apps you mentioned.
January 31, 2006 1:51:25 PM

That's what I said... although it might help maya a bit, but not even sure it'll do that...

Won't do squat for Photoshop.
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