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worth the trouble?: 8800GT SLI vs 8800GTS (g80) SLI

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November 20, 2007 3:18:08 AM

Do you guys think that an 8800GT SLI setup is worth the hassle of selling my GTS, and finding 2 GT's in stock in stead of just getting a second GTS and SLI'ing that with the one I already have?

Thanks!

edit: if this didn't come across as clearly as I think it did, let me know :pt1cable: 
November 20, 2007 6:04:29 AM

I tend to avoid SLI for a number of reasons. Some people might disagree, but nevertheless...

The 8800GT is a know heat box, which is issue one right there, especially if you're going to be running two of them.

What would I do if I were you? Wait until December 3rd and pick up a single g92 GTS (the new iteration of the GTS line, based on the same core as the 8800GT, but with all the goodies unlocked). It will undoubtedly surpass the 8800GTX, and probably the Ultra as well, especially if they release the 1 gig version at launch (fingers crossed).
November 20, 2007 8:41:31 AM

The performance of a GTX for $250...it's a no brainer.

First, I would just sell your GTS and grab a single EVGA GT. If it's not enough, use the eVGA step up to the upcoming GTS / GTX.
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November 20, 2007 10:15:23 AM

SLi is fine for high resolutions.... I have 8800GTX SLi for my 30" 2560x1600 panel, but thats 4 million pixels, compared to the 2.3million pixels of 1920x1200.

If you are running at 1680x1050 or below, I'd say SLi is pointless. It IS more hassle, often a game won't use SLi anyway, and there are more driver issues with it than single card.

On the other hand, you could be trying to run crossfire, my x2900XT crossfire system is nothing but a massive headache... I hate that PC.
November 20, 2007 1:44:22 PM

Noya said:
The performance of a GTX for $250...it's a no brainer.

First, I would just sell your GTS and grab a single EVGA GT. If it's not enough, use the eVGA step up to the upcoming GTS / GTX.


That's actually a pretty good idea, I didn't think of that... So you guys don't think the 8800GT SLI is worth it?
November 20, 2007 1:49:11 PM

How horrible do you guys think the availability of the g92 GTS will be? As horrible as the GT is now? Especially around Christmas? That's actually what this is for, the Christmas list ;) 
November 20, 2007 4:58:58 PM

I just got word (unconfirmed) that the g92 GTS is being pushed back until a week and a half later, around 13-14th of December. That said, I really can't comment on availability. If you want one, I'd be right there on New Egg at the day of release.
November 20, 2007 5:22:01 PM

Where did this new information come from? Everywhere I'm seeing (also unofficial) still says 12/3/07, has anything official been released?
Not that I'm doubting you, I would just like to see something official.

Thank you for the information
November 20, 2007 8:10:49 PM

Nope a GTS is plenty enough power for anything right now
November 21, 2007 1:20:19 AM

itotallybelieveyou said:
Nope a GTS is plenty enough power for anything right now


The GTS is plenty of power for most things, but I've been waiting for Crysis for way too long to only get 20 frames :D 
November 21, 2007 1:27:58 AM



Thanks, man. Looks like I'll be checking as it gets closer for the official date.
Do you happen to know how/when/where the official date will be released? Will it come from Nvidia first? Or would I be better off looking somewhere like Newegg for their release date?
November 21, 2007 6:32:41 AM

I'm asking those exact same questions myself. I'm pretty sure that within a few days of the release places like Tom's, etc, will be lighting up with the info. Normally reviewers, etc, get copies of new cards before the release date, so they can release their benchmarks on the release date. They generally pass the information down to us plebs.
November 21, 2007 1:01:14 PM

Ok, I appreciate all the advice, I will definitely keep on top of it and if I find anything that I don't see on this board, I'll post it.

Thanks again
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