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2x 8800 GTS 320 or 1 8800 GTX

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September 20, 2007 6:44:52 PM

Having trouble choosing which I want to do. I currently have a 8800 GTS 320MB and I was thinking of going and getting another one for the SLi function. I have everything I can possibly want with my current rig except the card. Just looking for suggestions at the moment. 2x 8800 GTS 320 or just go head and give the wife the one GTS and upgrade to GTX?

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September 20, 2007 7:05:51 PM

2x 8800GTS wont touch 1x 8800GTX. Toms has some benchmarks somewhere that proves this. If your card is eVGA, use the 90 day step up program and get the gtx.
September 20, 2007 7:09:37 PM

Yes it is eVGA, that was also an option. Really thinking about doing it.
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September 20, 2007 7:37:10 PM

You're better off stepping up to a single 8800GTX; while they may perform similarly, even in SLI the 8800GTS 320MB pair is limited to a total of 320MB of video memory.
a b Î Nvidia
September 20, 2007 7:37:18 PM

Single 8800GTX hands down , some games like GRAW-GRAW2-DOOM3 need 512 to run @ ultra settings and 2x8800gts DOESNT MEAN DOUBLE MEMORY , remember that
September 20, 2007 7:44:23 PM

Nvidia has really gotten into the consumer's head, making people think any 2 cards in sli are better than one.
September 20, 2007 7:49:53 PM

sli not worth it yet imo
September 20, 2007 8:00:50 PM

I was just asking myself that very question. I started playing Oblivion and with max everything it bogs the card in spots @1600x1200. I decided to go gtx, my card is on ebay right now. So in a week or so I will hopefully be gushing over the performance.
a b Î Nvidia
September 20, 2007 8:04:40 PM

u have a 8800gts 320?
a b Î Nvidia
September 20, 2007 8:31:59 PM

hitman04 said:
Having trouble choosing which I want to do. I currently have a 8800 GTS 320MB and I was thinking of going and getting another one for the SLi function. I have everything I can possibly want with my current rig except the card. Just looking for suggestions at the moment. 2x 8800 GTS 320 or just go head and give the wife the one GTS and upgrade to GTX?


You could keep using the GTS and buy the GTX for your wife. She'd owe you a big favor, you never know when you need it :) 

September 20, 2007 10:27:18 PM

Hehe nah she doesnt need anything too extreme, but yes I have the 8800 gts 320, was thinking about buying another one. About the whole SLi, not sure how it works, was wondering if I was getting a better deal. Ive decided to go ahead and order the GTX though.
September 20, 2007 11:20:46 PM

Hmm I know that SLI may have some drawbacks, but its worth mentioning that in the VGA charts on tomshardware the 2 GTS cards beat the 8800 GTX in almost every single benchmark in resolutions up to 19x12.

Maybe you should look into that before you spend 500 dollars on a GTX. Like in oblivion, even at 1600x1200 the GTS pair get 40+ fps and the GTX gets around 30.
September 21, 2007 11:18:24 AM

I plan on ordering something today, looked at some benchmarking stats, still a little worried about if I will make the purchase.
a b Î Nvidia
September 21, 2007 12:07:00 PM

in games like OBLIVION , GRAW1, GRAW 2, DARK MESSIAH , and games like this which need more memory , 8800GTX will be better , also 8800GTX runs cooler and quieter than 2x800GTS
September 21, 2007 1:08:01 PM

Obviously it would do that extrapolat..

the benefits of two cards doesn't mean double the gpu power. SLI is SPECIFICALLY for high resolution gaming. If you game in 1900x1200 or higher (2560...30 inch monitor)...Then you may have a reason to go SLI...If you don't play in those resolutions it is a WASTE of money..you won't get any performance boost really.

Even so..There are still ways of playing in a 1900x1200 native res monitor without being hit by performance issues...It's called 1:1 pixel mapping. But you have to make sure your monitor supports this. It basically removes the excess pixels and centers the game in the center of the screen. So if you play 1600x1050 in a 1900x1200 monitor with 1:1 pixel mapping..it would center the game and place black pixels in the excess..You'd be seeing 1600x1050 surrounded by a black border...Think of it as a monitor in a monitor..

No offense but I've seen so many dang 2 of these or one of these threads...Not angry at you but this question is asked too damn often....Dual graphics cards are meant for high res...not high performance....Once you understand that you'll realize NO dual solution will beat the next card up the price chain...unless you play in high resolutions...
a b Î Nvidia
September 21, 2007 1:14:32 PM

totally agreed ^^^^
September 21, 2007 1:50:07 PM

Unfortunately running at high screen resolutions requires more video memory, and 320MB isn't going to cut it for the sorts of resolutions SLI is generally best at.
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