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What about 2x8600GTS in SLI?

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May 25, 2007 9:44:07 AM

Hello
I wonder how 2x8600GTS in SLI will perform against one 8800GTS 320MB?
Does anybody outthere have any experiense :?:

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May 25, 2007 10:11:46 AM

That sucks!
Also two 8600GTS is more expensive than one 8800GTS 320MB.
I would go with one 8800GTS320MB/640MB/GTX if i were you! :wink:
May 25, 2007 10:19:27 AM

the Two GF8600GTS would be such a waste, yes they are are ok midrange.
and are mostly meant for people who cant afford better but you can have two i would go for just one GF8800GTS you will be more satisfied
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May 25, 2007 10:23:59 AM

how much is the performance diference between 640MB and 320MB of 8800GTS?
May 25, 2007 10:33:46 AM

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how much is the performance diference between 640MB and 320MB of 8800GTS?


I think that at low resolutions the 320mb and 640mb are reasonably close to each other but at high resolutions the 640mb beats the 320mb considerably. Could someone like verify this? 8)
May 25, 2007 10:39:07 AM

lemme think...ummm...$70 more for a 8800GTS or $170 for a 8600GTS. I read a review somewhere that compared the 8600GTS in SLI and it performed slightly better in some games by about 1-8 FPS, but for the added cost it's not worth it. Also some game performed only about 10 FPS better in SLI than a single card, again not worth it.

HOWEVER if you could only afford a 8600GTS now then go for it knowing you could always go SLI in the future when prices come down and you save more money.
May 25, 2007 10:56:17 AM

I have this topic on the general homebuilt part of Tom's forum but nobody seems to like give me any answer :!:
I have enough money to buy only one of these things:
One XFX 8800GTS 320MB
OR
One VG2021m Viewsonic LCD monitor
I already have a Leadtek 7950GT 256MB and a smartflat T710PH LG CRT monitor.
which one do you think will make a great diference for me :? :?:
I use my PC mostly for gaming and browsing the Internet.
May 25, 2007 11:04:33 AM

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how much is the performance diference between 640MB and 320MB of 8800GTS?


I think that at low resolutions the 320mb and 640mb are reasonably close to each other but at high resolutions the 640mb beats the 320mb considerably. Could someone like verify this? 8)
Yes.

The 640 version is better at higher resolutions such as 1600x1200.

As for 8600 SLI, terrible decision. It's always been like that, always buy the best single card you can afford.
May 25, 2007 11:50:11 AM

Quote:
I have this topic on the general homebuilt part of Tom's forum but nobody seems to like give me any answer :!:
I have enough money to buy only one of these things:
One XFX 8800GTS 320MB
OR
One VG2021m Viewsonic LCD monitor
I already have a Leadtek 7950GT 256MB and a smartflat T710PH LG CRT monitor.
which one do you think will make a great diference for me :? :?:
I use my PC mostly for gaming and browsing the Internet.

i would just buy the GF8800GTS and then sell your old VGA and Monitor and get the monitor you want also :) 
a c 143 U Graphics card
May 25, 2007 12:05:30 PM

Quote:
I have this topic on the general homebuilt part of Tom's forum but nobody seems to like give me any answer :!:
I have enough money to buy only one of these things:
One XFX 8800GTS 320MB
OR
One VG2021m Viewsonic LCD monitor
I already have a Leadtek 7950GT 256MB and a smartflat T710PH LG CRT monitor.
which one do you think will make a great diference for me :? :?:
I use my PC mostly for gaming and browsing the Internet.


Neither.

Your current monitor supports 1600*1200 at 17". The one you're thinking of supports 1400*1050 and it's 20" in size. I'd stick with the T710PH. If you do want a new monitor, look for something like 22" widescreen 1680x1050. The price difference is not that big.

The 7950 is a good card. The 8800 GTS will beat it but not by that much.

How about not upgrading anything now, saving more money, and then getting an 8800 GTX in January? There are rumours that nVidia will have a card by Christmas that's 3 times faster than the 8800 GTX. If that's true you should be able to get a cheaper 8800 GTX around that time. That will make a great difference compared to anything including 7950 GT. Of course, that may require a bigger case and a new PSU too...
May 25, 2007 12:35:37 PM

you mean that both of these upgrades will not give me a new look in my games :( 
May 25, 2007 1:18:06 PM

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you mean that both of these upgrades will not give me a new look in my games :( 


yeah neither of the options you listed will give you any real improvement over what you have now

save up some more (and wait for prices to come down) till you can afford a GTX
a c 143 U Graphics card
May 25, 2007 1:59:19 PM

Yeah. See the bright side, you're doing better than a lot of people in this forum with your card. Come on, it deserves another 6 months. :p 
May 25, 2007 2:13:30 PM

I wish people would use the search function...

sure there are some topics that are repeated, but this one comes up once or twice a week at LEAST...
May 25, 2007 2:36:39 PM

Performance-wise
8800GTS > 8600GTS SLI

Price-wise
8800GTS < 8600GTS SLI
May 25, 2007 2:38:52 PM

Quote:
Hello
I wonder how 2x8600GTS in SLI will perform against one 8800GTS 320MB?
Does anybody outthere have any experiense :?:

No. No no no no NO.
May 25, 2007 3:06:59 PM

Quote:
Hello
I wonder how 2x8600GTS in SLI will perform against one 8800GTS 320MB?
Does anybody outthere have any experiense :?:

No. No no no no NO.

that sums it all up nicely :lol:  :) 
May 25, 2007 3:44:38 PM

The main difference will come in enabling AA at resolutions 1600x1200 or higher... I just know I can play FEAR maxed out at 1280x1024 on my 320MB 8800GTS quite well, and that's what I'm more focused on :) 

But I don't see how two 8600GTS cards in SLI would do that well... the memory bandwidth, to put it nicely, blows on each card, to the point where doubling up might make them decent, but too pricey for what they do. When you can get a factory-overclocked 8800GTS 320MB for under $300, why bother with an 8600GTS?
May 25, 2007 4:24:28 PM

Quote:
I have this topic on the general homebuilt part of Tom's forum but nobody seems to like give me any answer :!:
I have enough money to buy only one of these things:
One XFX 8800GTS 320MB
OR
One VG2021m Viewsonic LCD monitor
I already have a Leadtek 7950GT 256MB and a smartflat T710PH LG CRT monitor.
which one do you think will make a great diference for me :? :?:
I use my PC mostly for gaming and browsing the Internet.


Neither.

Your current monitor supports 1600*1200 at 17". The one you're thinking of supports 1400*1050 and it's 20" in size. I'd stick with the T710PH. If you do want a new monitor, look for something like 22" widescreen 1680x1050. The price difference is not that big.

The 7950 is a good card. The 8800 GTS will beat it but not by that much.

How about not upgrading anything now, saving more money, and then getting an 8800 GTX in January? There are rumours that nVidia will have a card by Christmas that's 3 times faster than the 8800 GTX. If that's true you should be able to get a cheaper 8800 GTX around that time. That will make a great difference compared to anything including 7950 GT. Of course, that may require a bigger case and a new PSU too...

Is it just me or does like every benchmark prove that an 8800GTS majorly PWNS a 7950GT

If i were you I would get a 20" or 22" LCD. I find that peripherals make the experience of a pc better than new hardware. Thats why I have 3 logitech laser mice ;) 
May 26, 2007 2:18:43 PM

I think the same as you 8)
After 5 years of using my old CRT I need a totaly new look for my PC :) 
To ALL Friends:
So, thank you everybody there for your kind answers. I finally decided to buy a nice LCD and then wait alittle bit more months for graphic cards to calm down :wink:
!