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2x 6600GT or 1x 7800GT, both 256mb? Which?

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March 7, 2006 7:38:40 AM

As the title says, can any one tell me which would be better?

Cheers.

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March 7, 2006 8:00:16 AM

7800
March 7, 2006 10:26:00 AM

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As the title says, can any one tell me which would be better?

Cheers.



SLI is 2x the price for maybe 30% more performance - certainly not worth it.

A single 7800GT or 7900 is your best bet.

The 7900 is being released VERY shortly in the next couple of days.

Good luck
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March 7, 2006 10:35:25 AM

7800GT I would say is the better choice. :D 
March 7, 2006 11:04:20 AM

You'll be kicking yourself in the head if you buy the 7800GT right now... if at all possible wait for the 7900GT which should be out VERY soon.
March 7, 2006 11:35:23 AM

well my budget is limited right now, as im upgrading my cpu, mobo, memory as well. So as a fill in i'll probably get a 6600gt, maybe a 6800gt and when the prizes come down on the 7900gt i might get one of those.
March 7, 2006 11:48:20 AM

In that case I would say get the least expensive card you can live with for a few months like a 6600GT and upgrade to a 7800GT or 7900 later on when the prices drop.

Good luck :D 
March 7, 2006 12:05:29 PM

The only time SLI appears to have "worthwhile" benefits is when using twoof the top performing cards of that class. Inserting two mid-level cards is a complete and foolish waste of money, since a single high-end card would do the same resolution, AA and AF as the SLI'd mid-level cards.

Buy a single 7800GTX if you can and save your money for a new system 2 years up the road.
March 7, 2006 2:54:26 PM

Look at min frame rate. SLI does a great job here, and it is what you "feel" when you play a game. Also, two 256 MEG cards in SLI perform more like a single 512 MEG card since each card is doing about half the work. Not 100% but close. Run Doom3 with a single 7800GT card but in SLI with two, you'll never go back to one. 30% "maximum frame rate" isn't what matters, 30FPS minimum @ 1200 x 1600 instead of 24FPS is. Be careful what is important to performance, and what performance actually is to you.
-slower CPU (3800+ X2).
- standard PC3200 RAM.
-7500RPM hard drive.
-ASRock SLI motherboard.
- 2 x 7800GT.
equals greater performance in real game play over;

-fast CPU (4400+).
-PC3500 or faster RAM.
-10,000 RPM hard drive.
-A8N32 SLI motherboard (or pick your bran high-end).
- 1 x 7800 "ultra" single card.

To make the above "best" work, expect to spend big buck with another video card in order to make slightly higher frame rates. It will be faster, and hugely more expensive, too.


That said, I do think that a more current single or dual card solution will be better for longevity and ownership cost per time owned. Get a 7800GT or wait till the 7900 series is out and buy the card that seems to be the best price point for your needs. It may still be the 7800GT or 6600 series with a price drop.
March 7, 2006 3:54:57 PM

SLI 6600GT VS 7800GT :?: :?:
Thats One Amazing Question :!:
7800GT Can Easily EAT Dual Or Even 4 ( :twisted: ) 6600GT
But I Agree With Friends To Wait For 7900GT and 7900GTX ( They Are Real Monsters )
:twisted:
March 7, 2006 4:46:01 PM

I'm going to go against the flow and recommend a 7800GT. Since he's looking to guy either that or 2 6600GTs, it looks like the G71 will be out of his budget range, whereas the 7800 has both next-gen performance and excellent prices. The G71 launch may even drive the price down to 250(wishful thinking maybe?).
March 7, 2006 4:49:52 PM

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I'm going to go against the flow and recommend a 7800GT. Since he's looking to guy either that or 2 6600GTs, it looks like the G71 will be out of his budget range, whereas the 7800 has both next-gen performance and excellent prices. The G71 launch may even drive the price down to 250(wishful thinking maybe?).


Even at $250, a 7800 GT is a bad bargain compared to a $299 7900 GT... so even if your wishful thinking does materialize I'd still say go with the 7900 GT.
March 8, 2006 3:21:22 AM

299????
If that's true, I take back my earlier statement...
March 8, 2006 3:54:04 AM

if 299 for the 7900gt is true, I'll be owning one shortly :) 
March 9, 2006 10:52:00 PM

It is! Newegg has a eVGA model for only $299! And would you look at the size of that heatsink! It probably could OC a little more. An after-market heatsink, though, and you'd be up to GTX speeds. Good overclockers may be able to do it with the standard heatsink.

Just my $.02

~Ibrahim~

P.S. Almost forgot the link!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
March 9, 2006 11:10:21 PM

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well my budget is limited right now, as im upgrading my cpu, mobo, memory as well. So as a fill in i'll probably get a 6600gt, maybe a 6800gt and when the prizes come down on the 7900gt i might get one of those.


Thats what i use to do buy one card and upgrade 6 months later. DONT DO IT. save your money and splurge. 8)
March 10, 2006 12:02:20 AM

In the sub $200 market segment, the Gigabyte GeForce 6600 GT Silentpipe-II is a good solution. The MSI 6600 GT is a good pick for those who don't always need to run their cards at full speed and use many 2D applications in Windows; its Core Cell 3D Center tool enables users to adjust the card's clock speeds and fan speeds.

In the $350 bracket, Gigabyte's 7800 GT, with its Zalman cooler, is a better pick than the Asus model. A dual 6600 GT configuration does not seem very attractive considering it is outperformed by a single 7800 GT.


Moving to the $550 segment, Gigabyte's 7800 GTX Turbo Force is the fastest solution; its high stock frequencies are guaranteed by the manufacturer. Adventurous buyers could try to raise the clock speeds of the Asus card to similar levels, but would void their warranty in the attempt.

If price is not an issue, the SLI situation is as follows. Gigabyte guarantees high clock speeds with its Turbo Force cards, while Asus cards can only be overclocked at your own risk. eVGA's water cooled 7800 GTX is the quieter alternative, with the added benefit of a real 512 MB of video memory.
March 13, 2006 1:22:41 AM

7900GT is the best card out there nowadays, price/performance. It can even easily be OC'ed to GTX speeds. At a fraction of the cost. Now that is what I'm talking about!
March 13, 2006 1:53:07 AM

It's very easy to overclock 200MHz?
I'm guessing it'll be difficult to get that sort of gain.
March 13, 2006 5:47:39 AM

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Ok, so the 7900 are out. Go out and get the 7900GT, it's about $300US, and better than the 7800GTX. I say 7900GT best price/performance ratio, hands down.


I agree the 7900GT is a great choice and priced to sell :-D
March 13, 2006 6:51:41 AM

OK , Forget My Last Post , Now You Should Go For 7900GT , But I Say Get A Little More Money And Go Buy A X1900XT , Because Its Faster And Better Than Single 7900GT :twisted: ...
March 13, 2006 2:50:23 PM

:oops:  Whoops, sorry. You are correct, if I could OC that card 200MHz, it truly would be a steal. I thought the clocks were closer together, like with the 7800GT and the 7800GTX, or even with the 6800GT and the 6800 Ultra. Shoulda looked more carefully. Thanks!

~Ibrahim~
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