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SLI and Crossfire: Worth it?

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February 18, 2006 12:40:11 AM

I've been considering upgrading to an SLI configuration.
Thing is, the games I'm playing right now seem to work just fine on my single 6600GT PCI-E video card.
My MSI board is not set up for SLI, so making that jump means buying a new motherboard, and either buying another 6600GT (cards have to be the same) -- or buying a new motherboard AND two new cards.
I'm not a big fan of first person shooters. Morrowind Oblivion is the one title I'm anxiously looking forward to buying.
I guess I'm really directing this question to those who have already done it: Was the cost (either SLI or Crossfire) really worth it?

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February 18, 2006 1:04:50 AM

Not really worth the upgrade. Spend the extra buck and buy a highend card like the X1900 or wait for the 7900 nvidia.
February 18, 2006 1:49:34 AM

yeh man just get the single card its cheaper and you dont see that much difference
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February 18, 2006 4:23:08 AM

Honestly I think SLI is not pratical. Yeah it is uber cool, and if I ever had a free compiter spending spree then I might get it. But with graphics cards being improved every 3-6 months I just dont see the use of it for the average enthusiast. Though great top of the line OCing boards all seem to have SLI.
February 18, 2006 4:54:59 AM

Looking at the bechmarks from Anand and TH, the single card configurations stay at the top. It depends on what exactly you want.
February 18, 2006 6:07:07 AM

I agree with the posters above.

A decent Single Card is better.

SLI and Crossfire are still kinda buggy / beta and the performance does not warrant the expense.

Get a single 7800GT or wait 0-30 days for the 7900GT @ which time all prices should come down.

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February 19, 2006 10:38:53 PM

Thanks to all.
I hate to spend money unnecessarily -- I always aim for the upper middle, anyway, not the uber superfact cutting edge.
I'll stick with what I've got for now, then buy the fastest single video card I can fit into my household budget when it becomes absolutely necessary.
February 19, 2006 11:20:38 PM

sli is for hige rez gaming. like 1600X1200 with everything on max.

a 7800GT cant push enought frames at 1600X1200 with everything maxed. i know this first hand. a 7800GTX can barely do it. but if your not in the high rez area just grab a 7800GT