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2x 8500gt Sli or 1 8800 gts

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2x 8500gt cards as sli or 8800gts card which should i choose?

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July 15, 2007 11:05:09 AM

Hi All,

Im just about to buy a new machine and have been offered either 2x 8500gt cards as sli or 8800gts card which should i choose?

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July 15, 2007 11:46:48 AM

a single 8800gts card is probably stat wise comparable to like 10 8500gt's.


the 8800gts all the way, if he has offered you both for the same price then anyone picking the 8500gt's are getting majorly ripped off.
July 15, 2007 12:02:16 PM

Agreed.

In any benchmark you can find the 8800 card is the really long bar and any combination of 8500s is the really short bar.
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July 15, 2007 1:00:14 PM

8400 and 8500's are pretty much for an HTPC. You could possibly justify getting an 8600GTS because they are about 150 right now and then getting another one later on. That would probably be the cheapest way but even 2 8600GTS's don't compare to a single 8800GTS 320. You could also get an 8800GTS 320 and later on get another one of those for alot cheaper too. OR you could just wait for the G90's.
a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2007 2:21:50 PM

Ah man, there are 2 very strict rules about SLI or Crossfire.
They are simply:
1. A single high end card is better than 2 midrange cards in SLI or Crossfire.
2. If anyone tells you something different, consult rule #1.
July 15, 2007 2:42:05 PM

Well i agree with the others.
If it would be possible not even quad 8500gt's couldn't beat an 8800gts.
The facts are simple.
First of all the 8500gt has 400 core and 800 memory and i don't really care about the shader clock and 16 unified shaders vs 500 core, 1600 memory and i believe 1.35ghz shader(please correct me if i'm wrong) and 96 unified shaders.
Two 8500gt's maybe just maybe could be competitive with a stock 8600gt.
July 15, 2007 4:45:46 PM

Can't only look at the specs that way though because if we did the 2900XT would blow all the G80's out of the water and it doesn't. Also if you look at the 8600GTS it has higher clocks than any of the 8800's. Basically look at the graphs. D3Mark doesn't say it all either, look at real world performance and then consider price too.
July 15, 2007 6:35:09 PM

T8RR8R said:
Can't only look at the specs that way though because if we did the 2900XT would blow all the G80's out of the water and it doesn't.


you forgot texture units
yet i agree on this
a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2007 7:39:51 PM

Firstly, never try to get 2 cards that 1 card can do. Even if the 2 cards are a lil better, and is even cheaper, the 1 card solution is superior. Almost always cheaper to run, almost always easier on your system, drivers are better for more games, usually helps in cooling as it takes up less space, and if you ever want to go to a 2 card solution, at that point youre starting with a much better situation
July 15, 2007 8:42:14 PM

2x8500GT is ridiculously weak compared to one 8800GTS.
July 16, 2007 3:03:31 AM

Are you 2 guys saying you would buy 2x8500gt's?
It the same architecture for god sakes what's with the whole not believing in clocks and specs thing?
Are you 10 years old or something do you even own a computer or are you posting this from an internet cafe?
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2007 3:11:24 AM

Ummmm, Im thinking theyre saying that if a card touts GREAT specs, doesnt mean squat in real world performance. Easy, as I know these guys arent 10, and they know their stuff.
July 16, 2007 3:27:55 AM

Well the picture is that one 8800gts just beat's everithing except from the 8800gtx and is on par with the radeon hd 2900xt.
And to put it this way would they buy 2 7300gt or one 7900gtx.
Never ever compare low cost sollutions with top of the line ones.
July 16, 2007 1:25:13 PM

why dont you buy two FX5200 and crossfire them to see if they beat a 8800GTX.....


Silly question im sorry bu SLI'ing any low-end cards(8400/8500/8600) (well besides the 8600GTS in SLI is worthless and a bad question if you just look at THG VGA charts you could of seen that or just googled it =/.
July 16, 2007 1:56:52 PM

You've got to be f'n kidding me. Is this a serious question?
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2007 2:01:50 PM

That was my first response. heheh
July 16, 2007 4:03:32 PM

cristip60 said:
Are you 2 guys saying you would buy 2x8500gt's?
It the same architecture for god sakes what's with the whole not believing in clocks and specs thing?
Are you 10 years old or something do you even own a computer or are you posting this from an internet cafe?


Um it's not, 8800GTS has G80 core and the 8500GT has G86 I believe? I know that 2 out of 3 digits match! WOW!! But they are not the same.......

Xazax310 said:
why dont you buy two FX5200 and crossfire them to see if they beat a 8800GTX.....


Silly question im sorry bu SLI'ing any low-end cards(8400/8500/8600) (well besides the 8600GTS in SLI is worthless and a bad question if you just look at THG VGA charts you could of seen that or just googled it =/.


Naah, even on their own as single solutions the 8400/8500/8600 are worthless on their own right anyway.
July 16, 2007 7:20:28 PM

1 8800 gts of course
a c 358 U Graphics card
July 16, 2007 8:13:36 PM

LOL, these silly threads make me laugh.

July 17, 2007 8:21:40 PM

Well i must announce you that you are mistaken it's the same architecture but the single difference is in texture units so believe me it's the same architecture just state one difference except the texture units and that the others are build on 80nm.
July 18, 2007 3:28:12 PM

Xazax310 said:
why dont you buy two FX5200 and crossfire them to see if they beat a 8800GTX.....



It's gonna be tough to crossfire 2 FX5200's since they don't natively support Crossfire!
July 18, 2007 6:17:41 PM

They don't even support gaming anymore.
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