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How does 2 8500s (512mb in sli stack up against an 8800gt or an hd3850

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December 19, 2007 9:20:47 PM

I am looking at either buying another 8500 to put in sli or splurging and getting an 8800gt or an hd3850, will the latter really make that much more of a difference at 1280x768?
December 19, 2007 9:28:59 PM

I would say if your staying at that resolution for a while go for a 3850 they are cheaper and perform very well bank for buck. Plus it can be o/c'ed to almost 3870 standard on stock cooling. Is this a 256 or a 512 8800GT your talking about?
December 19, 2007 9:32:37 PM

I am thinking 256 8800 and 512 3850, but both of the 8500gts are 512, what do you think that they would perform like?
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December 19, 2007 9:50:20 PM

Dual 8500s will give very low performance, putting two very low performance cards together will not give you good results. A single 8600GTS will hand it to dual 8500s, let alone an HD 3850 or 8800GT
December 19, 2007 10:00:13 PM

I'd still nudge you towards a 3850 even if it's 256 or 512. At your res most new 256 gfx cards are plenty. Getting a low end SLI setup isn't the greatest idea anyway it's better to get x1 nVidia card or x2 ATI. Two 3850's whup ass bank for buck. Here's a link to help you make your mind : http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/246966-15-3580-8800
December 20, 2007 1:37:25 AM

I'd get the 8800GT over the HD 3850, unless the 3850 is easier to find or cheaper, which seems to be the case at the moment, so if you are buying soon, HD 3850 is a good choice. A 256Mb should be great for that resolution.
December 20, 2007 1:59:07 AM

88800gt will blow dual 8500s out of the water. I would go with 8800 gt over HD3850.
December 20, 2007 2:07:04 AM

i think the sli 8500 will fail. like real fail against 8800 gt. thats what i think.
December 20, 2007 2:10:23 AM

For crappy card in SLI = double crap.
Between the 8800GT and th HD3850, get the one that is in stock.
December 20, 2007 2:25:03 AM

Isn't the 8500GT a multimedia graphics card?

Either way, its terrible for gaming, I have no idea how you even tried to play games on it, get a dirt cheap HD 3850 256MB for $170 or stretch it and get the 8800GT 512MB. It's your wallet.
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2007 3:02:02 AM

4 8500s wouldn't compete with an 8800gt! donate that card to a good cause and grab a 3850.
December 20, 2007 7:56:13 AM

There was an article on this somewhere i read. 8500s in sli were only equal to something in between an 8600 gt and 8600gts. In short, get a better card than an 8500. I think this might be it:

http://www.pcgameshardware.de/?article_id=609324

Its in german but if you click on the 2 thumbnails on the left it shows 8500 sli performance in prey and call of duty 2. In short, its terrible im afraid.
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2007 10:53:51 PM

Two crappy cards < One powerful card.

Between the two, get the best one you can afford.
December 30, 2007 11:24:07 PM

also remember, SLI doesn't give you a consistant performance increase across the board, which means it'll perform better in some games, and some games won't even see a change.

IMO, buying one good card is better than 2 crappy ones......
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