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Which is better. 320 MB 8800 GTS or 2 x 256MB 8860 GT (SLI)

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October 14, 2007 8:13:34 PM

Hi All,

Getting a new PC and I have a chance of getting the same set up with either 320MB nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS or 2x 256MB nVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT (SLI).

I don't really know which one is best, so any advice would be greatly received.

The rest of the set up is,

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor,
SLI nForce 650i SLI(C55),
4GB DDR2 667MHz Memory,

Cheers

Orangebee1971
October 14, 2007 8:37:00 PM

A single 8800GTS would be better than 2 8600GTs in SLi. If possible try to get an 8800GTS 640mb version.
October 14, 2007 8:57:08 PM

I'd go with a 8800gt, when it comes out. It's looking like it'll beat an 8800gts, from a few posts today. Not sure how acturate that these posts are, so I'm not ready to pull the trigger on the idea, but nVdia has had a year to make something better.
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October 14, 2007 9:59:20 PM

Looking at the tread name i thought you were talking GTS versus 2 SLI 8800GT which i was going to say the SLIed option but the GTS will easily defeat SLI 8600 cards.

To note: The GTS 320MB are rumoured to be discontinued once the 8800GT comes out as well as the 640MB version getting some more shaders (rumoured). It might be worth while holding out too see what happens its only a few weeks out of the release and an 8800GT or the revised 8800GTS 640MB will be better options.
October 15, 2007 8:40:42 AM

ORange... I am in the same boat as you... listen to all the above posts... wait... I know its hard. heh
October 15, 2007 5:59:32 PM

Thanks for everybody's reply. I think I may have to be patient....
October 17, 2007 8:31:26 AM

Maziar said:
i have talked aobut 2 midrange cards vs 1 high-end card in this thread:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/245454-15-crossfire...


May I add in an additional information which you did not mention in your Topic?

ATI/AMD Crossfire - It does NOT need 2 identical cards to work, where SLi needs 2 identical cards.

You can have a HD2900XT and a HD2600 in the machine to work with Crossfire.

:) 
October 17, 2007 11:49:13 AM

what??? Never heard that before!! I know you can have 2 dif cards for running different monitors and apps etc, but in crossfire?? You meen, the 2600 would accelerate the performance of the 2900?? That doesn't sound possible.
October 17, 2007 2:39:17 PM

Pete4r- I'm not sure that's accurate. I think you have to have 2 of the same GPU's, but different versions. E.g. 2600XT & 2600 Pro.
a b Î Nvidia
October 17, 2007 3:01:39 PM

yes , as i have said in that guide , the GPUs must be exactly the same, no way u can use 2600xt and 2900xt in crossfire
October 17, 2007 3:20:23 PM

You probably could use a 2600xt and a 2900xt, but I would think the crossfire would only work as fast as the slowest GPU. In essence a waste of money buying the 2900.

But I'm no expert... Maziar seems pretty confident.
a b Î Nvidia
October 17, 2007 3:43:40 PM

I can make mistakes too , there is no one who doesnt make mistake , also i am no expert, even if u know a lot of things in PC , u still know nothing

If u read that guide , the cards must be exactly the same( same architecutre, same pixepipelines ,same stream processors.....) 2900xt and 2400pro doesnt have same stream processors ,and so on ....
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