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2x8800 GTS 640 or 8800 ULRTA

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June 20, 2007 1:31:47 PM

the title says it all

and if the 8800GTS SLi-ed is not as good as the 8800ULTRA how about 8800GTX SLi-ed?

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June 20, 2007 2:53:00 PM

i wouldnt get the ultra. its still overpriced for what its worth. get a single gtx and overclock it. Unless you play at massively high resolutions, in which case sli the oc'd gtx's.
June 20, 2007 3:05:23 PM

The thing is they just had thier price dropped $80 less
so i was even thinking of buying just one 8800Ultra now and later when there is another price drop or when i actually need another 8800 Ultra i can SLi it?? or its not worth it?
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June 20, 2007 4:40:34 PM

I don't think it's worth it. The Ultra is only an overclocked GTX with a new cooler. You can overclock the GTX on your own and if need be upgrade the cooler. The Ultra is not worth the money. The only reason you might need SLI GTX's would be for a 2560x1600 res or dual monitors, each with a high res. I agree with Blade, buy one GTX and overclock it.
June 20, 2007 5:12:07 PM

get 2 gtx's or 2 gts's, the ultra just isnt worth it not much o/c headroom. i have a w/c gtx i run at 650/1060. just my $.02.
June 20, 2007 5:23:03 PM

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the title says it all

and if the 8800GTS SLi-ed is not as good as the 8800ULTRA how about 8800GTX SLi-ed?


Get 2 8800GTX cards and OC them yourself. If you really need those extra megahurtz, then you can get 2 8800GTXs overclocked versions or the ACS3 from eVGA which will still be better than getting an 8800Ultra because this Ultra cards are just Overpriced.
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June 20, 2007 6:31:45 PM

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The thing is they just had thier price dropped $80 less
so i was even thinking of buying just one 8800Ultra now and later when there is another price drop or when i actually need another 8800 Ultra i can SLi it?? or its not worth it?


Like has been mentioned, go thte GTX route. First if you want to SLi later, the price/performance value of that option occurs much sooner on the GTX and gives you better return too, especially if you OC yourself like others say.

Also by the time you consider a new card for the SLi there may be new changes in the cards available to make the SLi solution less attractive (like better performing cards that are more efficient both in wattage and shader perforamance) like we saw with the GF7800->GF7900 transition, or there may be more features, like we saw with the X1800-X1900 transition.

Overall there's very little reason to SLi GTSs together unless you absolutely need that extra frame or two that a single GTX can't get you, and the price for that extra frame is pretty high from a dollar and power perspective, even compared to the GF8800Ultra in many situations.

So like has been pretty much said already, start with the single GTX and then go from there. Best strategy IMO.
June 20, 2007 6:47:03 PM

there is 1 reason to go sli that no one has metioned. AND That is multiple monitors. i will be adding a 2nd 8800 gtx soon so i can run 3 monitors in DOD. you cant do that with only 1 card with out and external solution.
June 20, 2007 7:09:07 PM

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there is 1 reason to go sli that no one has metioned. AND That is multiple monitors. i will be adding a 2nd 8800 gtx soon so i can run 3 monitors in DOD. you cant do that with only 1 card with out and external solution.


Uh yeah.... doesn't seem to be supported, at least per Nvidia CS, and numerous blurbs elsewhere. At least not in SLI mode, I guess you could run it in non-sli... and use the 3 monitors.

http://forums.nvidia.com/lofiversion/index.php?t18302.h...
June 20, 2007 7:10:45 PM

Best Buy has BFG 8800GTS 640MB OC2 for $319ea. So two=$638. That's about what a Ultra cost. I wonder which would preform better?
June 20, 2007 7:18:45 PM

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there is 1 reason to go sli that no one has metioned. AND That is multiple monitors. i will be adding a 2nd 8800 gtx soon so i can run 3 monitors in DOD. you cant do that with only 1 card with out and external solution.


AFAIK SLI doesn't support multiple monitors, so you'd be restricted to just one, as opposed to two with a single card...
June 20, 2007 7:19:02 PM

thanks alot guys.. i think i'll just buy myself a GTX now and maybe later i would buy another card
June 20, 2007 7:39:12 PM

Its supports 2 monitors, the SLi setup just acts like one card has 2 cores, a very simplistic representation.

But it will not support 4 monitors like it would if you didn't have them in SLi. Only option for 3 monitors is a matrox TripleHead2Go.
June 20, 2007 10:48:15 PM

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you mean i should get 8800 Ultra now then get another one later?
becuase if the Ultra is an OC'ed GTX then what if i OC'ed the Ultra? wont it preform better than the OC'ed GTX ?
June 20, 2007 11:25:37 PM

Theoretically, yes. There is nothing saying that an already highly clocked card will be able to go any further. I'm not saying it can't, I just don't know how much farther past insane you are going to be able to get. My vote is still on a single GTX and overclock that.
June 21, 2007 12:14:21 AM

Don't bother with either combos. The Ultra is an overpriced piece of (fast) crap. Get a GTX, be happy with playable framerates in every game out there, save up a couple hundred bucks, and then get another GTX.

The 8800Ultra is for people high on money, low on brains.
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