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2 8800GTS 320 SLI vrs 1 8800 GTX 640

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June 16, 2007 5:08:28 PM

2 8800GTS 320 SLI vrs 1 8800 GTX 640

A. Which is faster ?
B. with SLI will you get enuff ram for high res ? IE (320 + 320 = 640) or dont it work like that ?

also 2 GTS are cheaper then 1 GTX

so i aksing for a overall performance over price

what do you all think is best or know is best .
June 16, 2007 6:12:17 PM

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2 8800GTS 320 SLI vrs 1 8800 GTX 640

A. Which is faster ?
B. with SLI will you get enuff ram for high res ? IE (320 + 320 = 640) or dont it work like that ?

also 2 GTS are cheaper then 1 GTX

so i aksing for a overall performance over price

what do you all think is best or know is best .
The 8800GTX is a 768MB videocard; using SLI does not add memory amounts, so you're still limited to 320MB for textures and the frame buffer. A single 8800GTX would likely be faster at higher resolutions with antialiasing enabled, or situations where 320MB of memory simply isn't enough. Even when the 8800GTS 320MB SLI pair is faster, I'd say you're better off with the single 8800GTX. This solution would use less power, put out less heat, allow you to use more than one monitor, not suffer from SLI compatibility problems, and would leave you an upgrade path.
June 16, 2007 6:53:00 PM

what he just said :) 
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June 16, 2007 7:43:09 PM

One card always better. Less space, heat, power, and room for another.

Pretty much what the dude 2 posts ahead of me said.
June 16, 2007 7:48:56 PM

Like Heyyou27 said, the 8800GTX is 768mb, not 640mb.

I had 2 7900GTX's in SLI before I got an 8800GTX, I was never that impressed with the performance of the 2 in SLI compared with the performance of just 1 before I picked up the second. In short, I'd go with the 1 8800GTX over 2 8800GTS's in SLI, SLI isn't worth it unless you are running a high resolution imo, in which case SLI 8800GTS 320mb wouldn't be ideal anyway.
June 16, 2007 7:49:17 PM

Quote:
2 8800GTS 320 SLI vrs 1 8800 GTX 640

A. Which is faster ?
B. with SLI will you get enuff ram for high res ? IE (320 + 320 = 640) or dont it work like that ?

also 2 GTS are cheaper then 1 GTX

so i aksing for a overall performance over price

what do you all think is best or know is best .
The 8800GTX is a 768MB videocard; using SLI does not add memory amounts, so you're still limited to 320MB for textures and the frame buffer. A single 8800GTX would likely be faster at higher resolutions with antialiasing enabled, or situations where 320MB of memory simply isn't enough. Even when the 8800GTS 320MB SLI pair is faster, I'd say you're better off with the single 8800GTX. This solution would use less power, put out less heat, allow you to use more than one monitor, not suffer from SLI compatibility problems, and would leave you an upgrade path.
Totally agreed! :trophy:
June 17, 2007 9:50:34 AM

ok well i got one 8800GTS as a present from my girlfriend so u think i should just spend out £400 pounds for GTX or another £170 on GTS sorry i should have added this in my post what do you think now ?
power isnt a problem i got a nice psu and i got a nice cool master case with 4 fans on it .
thansk for feed back as well

Ps but surly 2 GTS being cheaper then 1 GTX is better option for me atm if i already have 1 GTS ?
cos prices i have seen GTs go on e-buyer uk sale (170 pounds ) 340 pounds for 2
and 1 GTX is 450 pounds

and max res i will use is 1680 x 1050 22" wide screen Xerox LCD
June 17, 2007 10:02:04 AM

Neither.
Stay with your current single 8800GTS and save your money until next year and then upgrade to a next generation card like G92 or something like that.
June 17, 2007 11:34:09 AM

If you already have one GTS which you do and want to upgrade now get another GTS and run in SLI, otherwise like the above post, wait a little.

But remember for SLI you need quite a desent PSU like 600watt+.
June 17, 2007 11:56:45 AM

ok thanks all for nice info
June 17, 2007 5:46:13 PM

Dude stay with one and upgrade it, it will be worth it. The next G whatever is supposed to be a HUGE increase in power.


Damn I wish my girlfriend would give me a computer part!!!
June 18, 2007 10:01:02 PM

You can't run multiple displays with a SLI setup? That blows, I had in mind of getting two 320GTS cards through the stepup program eVGA offers. Now i'm stuck?

I bought a 680i motherboard to specifically run two 8800s GTS since it was cheaper than buying a GTX card (I already had two 7900gs cards that were in the step-up period). I should of done some research before splurging on this. Now the two 19" LCDs I bought, will not work with the SLI setup I had in mind?
June 18, 2007 10:35:30 PM

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You can't run multiple displays with a SLI setup?


well you can't run multiple displays while running SLI, but when SLI is disabled you can run up to 4 monitors(assuming each card has 2 outputs)
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June 19, 2007 3:38:37 AM

Btw, for everyone that still seems confused with Sli memory. The memory of the cards is NOT cumulative. If you have 2 320Mb cards, it will still only use 320Mb. This seems to be a confusion at the moment.
June 19, 2007 11:48:41 AM

One 8800GTX is better because need less power and less heat.
But i think two GTS has more performance.
June 19, 2007 12:35:02 PM

I cancelled my step-up to a GTS and will step-up to a GTX now. I want to run two 19" LCDs simultaneously and heat has been a consideration. Also I thought the memory was cumulative... now that I know it's not, I won't have that problem with a GTX.

It's too bad I bought a 680i motherboard to do SLI though. Maybe later I can SLI two GTXs (doubtful cause of price).
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