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2 7950 512 MB GT's SLI vs 1 8800 GTS 640 MB

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April 25, 2007 5:28:36 PM

Hey,

I recently got a pc with the following specs:

Case - Tuniq Symmetry Gaming Tower Case w/500W NZXT PS
Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz
Processor Cooling - Stock HSF
Motherboard - Asus P5N-E SLI nForce 650i SLI Chipset
Memory - Corsair XMS2 Xtreme 1024MB DDR2-800 PC6400
Video Card - eVGA NVIDIA GeForce 7950GT 512MB
Hard Drives - 2 x [Serial ATA-150, 10,000 RPM] WD Raptor WD740GD 74.0GB 16M Cache Hard Drive (RAID0)
Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE

Looking at my specs I figured I should upgrade my video card since I can get more out of this system.

What would be a better upgrade?

1) To get an 8800 GTS and basically dispose of (or sell my 7950 GT)

or

2) To get another 7950 GT and run both in SLI

Money-wise, an additional 8800 GTS (superclocked) would cost $410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

an additional 7950 GT would cost $229
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Although I haven't been able to find benchmarks comparing the two setups, would you think there is a noticeable performance diff between the two? Disregarding dx10 capabilities the 8800 has, which upgrade would I be better off with?

Some things to keep in consideration:

-Heat dissipation
-Power consumption (only a 500W PS)
-Performance
-Loudness
-Value for my money

Thanks for your input.
April 25, 2007 6:23:53 PM

I would say that the 8800gts(640mb) would give you better performance, although I haven't been able to find a benchmark comparing that specific setup.

Particularly the superclocked version. :D  Others may have better information about specific benches and such. I know in general that SLI'ed cards will not perform well in every game, as only some games will take advantage of both cards.

My vote is for the 8800. good luck :wink:
April 25, 2007 6:54:14 PM

I agree with pete, specially if you're able to sell the 7950gt you currently have. You'll offset the cost and get an 8800gts for a little less!
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