I would have to agree, get the 8800 GTX or GTS. Either one will outperform the 7900 GS in SLI. I use an SLI board but have never used the SLI feature because a single high end card almost always out performs lower performance cards in SLI. SLI is nice in theory but it hasn't proved to be of great benefit in real world use, seems to only perform well in benchmarks but not in actual games.
Walker, get 8800 GTX, no question about it 7900 GS is decent card, SLi may prolong its life, but GF 7xxx Death is imminent, so why not to go with DX10 from the start? If money is the issue, get 8800 GS, which still would be better in the long run than 2 x 7900GS.
8800 hands down and no second thoughts. DX10 support, all those pixel pipelines, you can't go wrong. You'll be more future proof. The minute a DX10 game comes out that you want you'll have to take a performance hit and miss out on eye candy if you don't have a DX10 card. And right now the only DX10 card is the 8800.
While it's true that at lower resolutions a "slow" CPU will bottleneck the 8800 GTX, I think it's important to remember that this "bottleneck" occurs at a really high frame count.
When I see articles titled "...NEEDS the fastest CPU" I think it gives the false perception that the hardware won't work right and probably won't give good results without the fastest of the fast CPUs. I think a better title would be "...BENEFITS from the fastest CPU"
Just think of it in terms of future proofing - like the DX10 compatibility. If you're running a "slower" CPU right now and playing at low resolutions but you plan on upgrading the CPU or the monitor later it makes sense to go ahead and get the 8800 if you buying a video card. It will still play games at the lower resolutions at speeds that are well above where you will perceive any difference if you add 30 or 40 FPS.
My X850XTPE has a mere 16 pipes. And those pipes are not flexible as the 8800's are. I think the 8800 (still shaky on this subject, I only read a couple of threads and a wiki) has pipes that can work with vertexs, pixels, or geometries (OMG OMG OMG OMG A NEW SHADER TYPE OMG OMG OMG OMG)
Hope the R600 can keep up, I'm a bit of an ATI (AMD?!?!?!) fanboy....
Should i of got my two 7900 gs or should i of whent with 1 8800 GTX and if so could you please explain why
Thank You Very Much
sorry if im a little demanding i dont mean to be
8800 GTX -- just phenomenal, just put one in myself.... could not be happier.
What monitor do you have? If you plan to run this card a 1600x1200 Full blast AA and FSAA then your CPU will only cripple it by a small amount. However if you run it at 1280x1024, your CPU is limiting the potential of this card --- a 4200+ will bottleneck most games at the lower resolutions.
It is a tough call what video card to buy balancing against current CPU installed. You may consider saving money and going with the 7900 or even the 1900XTX if you are not willing to use a different CPU.
Im curious. Obviously you like the 8800. Ive read of some driver/control software issues with the 8800s current drivers, have you noticed any problems?
As I recall, you had a high end ATI when you first built your system. THGs charts/comparison show a solid improvement for the 8800 vs the 1950 ( I think you had a 1900 series?) but is it worth the extra cost, disregarding the DX10 capability. Ive also read of some heat issues with the 8800. Any comments on heat?
I'm gonna b-slap the crap out of you! Just kidding. Thanks for letting me know, I thought it was in the public section of our website, but it is not.
Here is a copy of it:
it makes all maps have a very large amount of fog and i can only see the outline of some one from a distance.
i googled 8800 fog counterstrike and it took me to an nvidia page that is undergoing maintenance
here are some screens
see do i shoot and maybe get a tk ??? i had to pause to find out it was an enemy