8800gt now or wait for the 3870x2?

8800GT: $300
3870x2: Approx $400

I'm just wondering how big of an increase these dual gpu's will have over the current card. I want to buy a card that is great for video encoding and able to play RPG's with all effects...particularly Worlds of Warcraft sequal.

What do you guys suggest.

Or do you think it'd benefit me more to wait tell that game is released?
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  1. MMORPGs or real RPGs? RPGs have been getting demanding (See STALKER and Oblivion), however MMORPGs are not demanding at all, they are made to appeal to a much larger consumer base, that's why they are easily maxed. If you are wanting to play an MMORPG or a game right now then get a 8800GT, but if you are not wanting to play anything right and are just looking out for the future then wait to see the performance of the 8800GTS G92, Dual G92 8800, and 3870 X2.
  2. Like emp said, MMOs aren't demanding at all.

    But anyway the 3870x2 should be a huge performance gain, after seeing how well the 7950gx2 did, why wouldn't the 3870x2 do the same? :)
  3. 3870 x 2 hands down
  4. 3870x2 should have 1,8x performance of single 3870, or 1,6x faster than single 8800GT. For WoW you dont really need such power unless you have >= 1920x1200 LCD.
  5. zodiacboyscorp said:
    8800GT: $300
    3870x2: Approx $400

    I'm just wondering how big of an increase these dual gpu's will have over the current card. I want to buy a card that is great for video encoding and able to play RPG's with all effects...particularly Worlds of Warcraft sequal.

    What do you guys suggest.

    Or do you think it'd benefit me more to wait tell that game is released?


    If you really don't need a new card ... yes dual gpu's will be a big boost .... almost like having dual cards in one slot . They may just be worth waiting on from both manufactuers . I hate my performance on what I have now but the war has begun between both companies . From now on we can only benefit ! As it seems everyone has noticed how massive power/output has become true on about all types of newer games . Everytime I'm ready to drop my bank card down .... here comes another release or news flash . That is if they both can produce enough to last longer than 15 minutes to be available to buy ! Got notified ... fooled around ... called my buddies ... thinking there would be bucu available .... and guess what .... THIS idiot did'nt get his ---- :pt1cable: ---- I'm still trying to pry my own size 11 boot out of my own rear ! Won't make that dumb mistake again !
  6. Lol, bet you haven't seen Vanguard, though I agree it probably will even cripple the best. There are a few MMO's that are demanding, but most are trying to please as many possible customers so they tend to reduce the requirements for more subs.

    For WoW you can keep what you have now, don't think they will increase the requirement fast. If you want to play other games from time to time, a new card might come in handy, though I think best is to wait again.

    I hear the new gts is around the corner too, early next year the stock of the gt should be fixed so the prices will drop again. If you don't need it now, wait until next year is my suggestion.
  7. kingoftherings said:
    But anyway the 3870x2 should be a huge performance gain, after seeing how well the 7950gx2 did, why wouldn't the 3870x2 do the same? :)


    uhh, if you didnt know, the 7950gx2 actually didnt do very well. 2 7900gt cards in sli could beat it...for less money...and less heat...
  8. I'd go with the 8800gt and then a little down the road you can pick up another.
  9. Without your system info, it's hard to advise. If you can wait, wait. If you can't wait. Then pick up the best card you can aford.
  10. System Info:
    Q6700 (over clocked to 3.2)
    G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
    DG33TL Motherboard (over clocked with software) - Motherboard has direct x 10 support and works perfect for nongaming.
    Antec True Power Trio 650w
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS (The fast 500gb)
    Radeon x850xt

    I won a Rapture 160gb 10,000 rpm drive which will be installed at some point.
  11. Id say get an 8800 and another 4gis of ram.
  12. vaker5 said:
    Id say get an 8800 and another 4gis of ram.

    or instead of 4GBs of more RAM, get a X38 and two 3870s for crossfire and leave the 8800 in the dust
  13. O N E V I D E O CARD!!!!!!

    why 1 video card:

    1) crossfire only allows 1 monitor (that may change)
    2) crossfire is unreliable
    3) both sli and cf disenable all the time - pain!


    alway go for one card!
  14. dragonsprayer said:

    1) crossfire only allows 1 monitor (that may change)

    who told you that? ATI can easily ran as much as 8 displays in quadfire, 4 in crossfire and 2 as single card.
  15. pwned.
  16. Both. You may now first have a 8800GT and with a xFire board, and upgrade to 3870 x2 and sell your 8800GT, and then enjoy at the meantime...
  17. Erm the 3780x2 is going to be like £300..
  18. I can only afford one or the other.

    I just want to be ready for the next worlds of warcraft or MMO.
  19. ok so we agree on the ball park figure of 3870x2 = 1.6 x 8800gt?

    the 8800gt dishes out about 20fps on high quality at 1280x1024,
    so the 3870x2 would pump out 32fps. Now thats worth the extra $100
  20. 3870x2 owns an 8800ULTRA on max OC easily.
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