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Two 7600GTs in SLI vs. Single 7900GTX?

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July 21, 2006 4:44:50 PM

I'm considering my options for a video upgrade and was curious if anyone had any thoughts/data on the title comparison.

I can basically buy two 7600GTs and put them in SLI mode cheaper than I can buy a single 7900GTX card. I just wonder if it is a win-win to do so, or if the 7900GTX card still outperforms the lesser card combo.

Any thoughts?
July 21, 2006 4:50:25 PM

7900GTX.
July 21, 2006 5:09:10 PM

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I'm considering my options for a video upgrade and was curious if anyone had any thoughts/data on the title comparison.

I can basically buy two 7600GTs and put them in SLI mode cheaper than I can buy a single 7900GTX card. I just wonder if it is a win-win to do so, or if the 7900GTX card still outperforms the lesser card combo.

Any thoughts?


7900GTX
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July 21, 2006 5:13:16 PM

7900GTX

~Ibrahim~
July 21, 2006 5:20:07 PM

7900GTX or you can spend just a bit more and get that 7950GX2. Unless you're running 3D graphics at 1600x1200 then get that SLI.
July 21, 2006 5:25:39 PM

:) 7900GTX
July 21, 2006 5:42:09 PM

7900GT (the X isn't worth the cost)
July 21, 2006 6:09:21 PM

Even a single X1800 XT or 7900 GT would outperform two 7600 GTs most of the time.
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July 21, 2006 6:16:05 PM

7900GTX
July 21, 2006 6:28:21 PM

7900GTX will destroy two 7600GTs.
July 21, 2006 6:37:48 PM

7900 GT, unless, like Chuck said, you use resolutions of 1600 x 1200 or higher. And then, you don't need to unless your games are of Doom 3, FEAR, Prey, etc's caliber. World of Warcraft at 1600 x 1200 runs fine on a 6600 GT.

Higher resolutions are where you see the biggest advantage in performance from 512MB cards and multi-GPU technology.
July 21, 2006 6:49:02 PM

You're the 10 billionth person to ask this...

7900 GTX

Just to repeat what's already been said... as a general rule, SLI is only good for two REALLY high-end cards... if you're going with mid-range cards there is likely a single high-end card with equal performance for less money and less hassle.
July 21, 2006 6:54:39 PM

7900gt is a good choice
July 21, 2006 7:55:31 PM

Yes, but his initial question was GTX or dual 7600's. The price difference is pretty large, but I personally prefer shelling out EXTRA now than having to play really good games now and pretty well later and then crappy even later. The GTX will list a good bit longer, I think.

BUT, BUT, DX10 cards are coming soon. Are you getting one? Then strap in a 7900GT and get second-gen DX10. First gen will be slightly buggy.

~Ibrahim~
July 21, 2006 8:57:27 PM

I doubt first gen DX10 cards will be buggy, but maybe it is better to wait anyway. As with anything new, DX10 cards will probably improve a lot till second generation.
July 21, 2006 9:05:27 PM

Yeah...But looking at the first motherboards (which are probably more complex than a GPU) for AM2 were ridden with DOA/Memory issues...

~Ibrahim~
a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2006 9:10:01 PM

The first generation of anything is when all the bugs are discovered and fixed. I generally wait till the third generation to update.
July 21, 2006 9:19:57 PM

Find the cheapest 7900GT and then VOLT MOD iot to GTX speeds. It's so simple to do. Just Google it. My GT clocks at 650Mhz and I know it could go faster.
July 21, 2006 9:22:55 PM

One 7900GT is about as good as two 7600GTs; the 7600GTs might be a little better, but not much. One 7900GTX will destroy two 7600GTs. I'd get a 7900GT or X1800XT.
July 22, 2006 2:11:08 PM

7900GT is good, X1800XT is good as well, except the monstrous cooler. 7900GT has been having some quality problems, though.

~Ibrahim~
July 22, 2006 2:37:31 PM

7900gt, easy choice
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