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February 5, 2008 2:11:07 PM

Sup guys.

Was wondering, what's the best performance setup-up between Dual GT8800 or single GTX8800?
February 5, 2008 2:31:19 PM

I do not know which is faster of the two you have mentioned…

But I do know I would buy 1GTX now and get another when they come cheaper as the performance will be close and in many cases the single GTX will be faster as not everything can take advantage of SLI.

Sli is really only worth doing if you are using two top cards (8800gts/gtx) as the performance increase isn’t mammoth.
a c 169 U Graphics card
February 5, 2008 2:43:35 PM

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/245454-15-crossfire...


Is it really necessary to use SLI or CrossFire ?
Well , it really depends mostly on the resolutions and games you play , resolutions like 1920x1200 and higher benefit more from SLI or CrossFire than resolutions like 1600x1200 or lower (I dont mean SLI or CrossFire wont be good for resolutions like 1600x1200 or lower , i am just saying that SLI or CrossFire shines in higher resolutions.)
Also as i said , it depends on what games (with what settings) you play , for example if you just want to play games at good settings (with not everything at maximum settings) then MultiGPU technology isn't needed , but if you want to play with every option at maximum settings, then SLI would help , but again i repeat , resolution is very important.
Caution: Due to some problems (like Drivers and etc) in some games, a single card (like X1900XT) may beat 2 1900XT in CrossFire mode! so dont always think that 2 cards will beat one card.

Should i get 2 High-End cards or one Ultra-High-end ?
This is again one of the most asked questions. (The time i am writing this guide , The best NVIDIA cards are 8800GTX and 8800 ULTRA). Many ask that 2 8800GTS 320 will cost like a single 8800GTX 768, which is a better buy?
Well, in some cases , 2 8800GTS 320 cards will beat a 8800GTX cards(Mostly in games that dont need high memory and also in games that benefit MultiGPU technlogy). But in some other games (Mostly the games that need more memory to run better) a 8800GTX beats 2 8800GTS 320 in SLI mode.
Also remember that 2 8800GTS 320 cards will be more noisier and also they will produce more heat than one single 8800GTX.

Another vote for 8800GTX
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February 5, 2008 2:49:34 PM

why waste your money on a 2 year old card in the GTX? the 8800gt 512MB is about 5% slower as a single card than the GTX and can be found for about $250-$270 so logic would state that two of those would be faster and cheaper than a GTX.


here's another idea.

READ THE DAMN WEBSITE YOU ARE POSTING ON. why do you think tom's provides the charts or does reviews? to confuse people? to allow them to indulge in their bar graph fantasies? Its to allow you to do a comparison, wow what a novel concept.
February 5, 2008 2:51:07 PM

GTX = waste of money right now.
a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2008 3:03:50 PM

i agree resolution and game quality are the two leading reasons when considering sli. as to which cards to get? well 8800gt has some good bang for its buck, but they are single slot which makes them tend to run hot and sometimes fail. check around the forums i have seen a few complaints. all in all a solid cheap card that competes with nvidias high end.

that said am doing a new build and my old machine had two 8800gtx's and i am going to a third on my 780i board. now that left me with no cards in my old machine. so i faced a similar dilema. my old cpu was bottle necking my gtx's as things were and i didn't want to waste the cash on two more as they don't come cheap and there are G92 based cards close one its heals for less cash. as i game on hdtv's .@ 1920x1080 and love all my goodies on sli is a must. thats where the 8800gts based on the g92 hits the sweet spot. two of those in sli is on par with two gtx's and even best's them in a few cases at a cheaper price point and not without the over heating like the GT. it's dual slot but its the price we pay for FPS. short story long. start with a G92 based gts. the only reason to go for a higher end card right now was if you were building tri-sli as only the GTX's and ultra's are capable.
a c 169 U Graphics card
February 5, 2008 3:09:51 PM

If he plays @ 1920x1200 or higher, 8800GTX is not a waste, but if he plays @ 1600x1200 or lower, then i say go for a 8800GTS 512:

http://www.hothardware.com/articles/NVIDIA_GeForce_8800...

It is little difficult to summarize the new GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB card’s performance. In games or benchmarks where fillrate and shader performance are the limiting factors, these new cards are excellent performers and can outpace even a GeForce 8800 GTX. But in situations where memory bandwidth and frame buffer size are more important, like say at high resolutions with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled, the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB can’t quite keep up with the more expensive GTX due to its narrower memory bus and smaller frame buffer. Generally speaking though, the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB’s performance is better than the original 640MB GTS and the relatively new 8800 GT and on-par with the GeForce 8800 GTX at lower resolutions. Crank up the resolutions, however, and the GTX (or Ultra) is still the king of the hill.
February 5, 2008 3:11:14 PM

Below is 2 paragraphs supporting my earlier answer, these paragraphs were taken from the link provided by Mazier http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/245454-15-crossfire...

Should i get 2 midrange cards instead of one high-end card ?
No, again i will answer this with example. 2 8600GT or single 8800gts ? this on of the most common questions in forums. single 8800GTS (320 or 640) will beat 2 8600GT in games , because a single 8800GTS has more stream processors , more memory clock , more bandwidth. so again 1 single high-end card will beat 2 midrange cards.

Should i get 2 High-End cards or one Ultra-High-end ?
This is again one of the most asked questions. (The time i am writing this guide , The best NVIDIA cards are 8800GTX and 8800 ULTRA). Many ask that 2 8800GTS 320 will cost like a single 8800GTX 768, which is a better buy?
Well, in some cases , 2 8800GTS 320 cards will beat a 8800GTX cards(Mostly in games that dont need high memory and also in games that benefit MultiGPU technlogy). But in some other games (Mostly the games that need more memory to run better) a 8800GTX beats 2 8800GTS 320 in SLI mode.
Also remember that 2 8800GTS 320 cards will be more noisier and also they will produce more heat than one single 8800GTX.



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My link was broken, fixed it.
February 5, 2008 3:13:18 PM

Mazair - I don't think it's a waste because the 8800 GTs out perform it.

I think it is a waste because it is a POOR investment. When it came out it was a great investment, and people got their money out of it.

At THIS point, with the "true" next gen cards coming in the summer anything we buy is just a Stop-gap. The best bet is to get something like an 8800 GT / GTS that isn't going to kill your wallet and get a next gen card this summer.
a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2008 3:22:15 PM

yeah the gtx's were awsome when they came out. i started with one and worked my way up to three. now i would not buy all three today...as cnumartyr has said were close to next gen and were looking at a 30-50% increase in performance over anything presantly being offered. its stop gap. you ask me if nvidia was smart and really want to push tri-sli it drop the prices of its gtx's another 150 bucks or had made the g92 gts tri capable.
February 5, 2008 3:28:32 PM

atomicWAR said:
yeah the gtx's were awsome when they came out. i started with one and worked my way up to three. now i would not buy all three today...as cnumartyr has said were close to next gen and were looking at a 30-50% increase in performance over anything presantly being offered. its stop gap. you ask me if nvidia was smart and really want to push tri-sli it drop the prices of its gtx's another 150 bucks or had made the g92 gts tri capable.


Have to agree I have two GTX's which Ive had since they came out, If I were buying a card today (which I want to but theres nothing worthwhile out there :fou:  ) and didnt already have these cards Id get the 8800GT guaranteed very comparable performance for a far lower price. The GTX is old hat, its still strong, but I wouldnt fancy it as a long term investment these days. Ive refused to go SLI on my rigs on the grounds that its throwing money at old technology. Im saving the money till something with decent single card performance comes out, as my most played game has big issues with crossfire \ sli.

The 8800GTX just isnt worth the premium unless you already have one and are sli-ing, or have two and are going tri-sli, evne then its borderline, something worthwhile for the high ends got to come out soon.... Surely....
a c 147 U Graphics card
February 5, 2008 4:58:11 PM

Get a single 8800GTS G92.... it is equivilant to a 8800GTX and takes far less power. If you need a second get a 2nd 8800GTS and put in SLI. I don't go for the 8800gt's because of the small cooler. The GTS is clocked higher stock and the OCed ones even higher. The 678MHz XFX 8800GTS is kicking butt all over.
a c 272 U Graphics card
February 5, 2008 5:08:37 PM

s1l3noz said:
Sup guys.

Was wondering, what's the best performance setup-up between Dual GT8800 or single GTX8800?


Dual G92 8800GT's for GTX (or better than ;)  ) performance now, and maybe an easier time selling two cards that offer G92 goodness if you get a chance to upgrade later on this year, if and when GF9 tips up.
a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2008 5:11:25 PM

dual graphix= G92 GTS ot GT (best fps per dollar in dx10)
triple graphix= Ultra or GTX (bleeding edge FPS in dx10)
February 5, 2008 5:40:59 PM

grieve said:
Below is 2 paragraphs supporting my earlier answer, these paragraphs were taken from the link provided by Mazier http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/245454-15-crossfire...

Should i get 2 midrange cards instead of one high-end card ?
No, again i will answer this with example. 2 8600GT or single 8800gts ? this on of the most common questions in forums. single 8800GTS (320 or 640) will beat 2 8600GT in games , because a single 8800GTS has more stream processors , more memory clock , more bandwidth. so again 1 single high-end card will beat 2 midrange cards.

Should i get 2 High-End cards or one Ultra-High-end ?
This is again one of the most asked questions. (The time i am writing this guide , The best NVIDIA cards are 8800GTX and 8800 ULTRA). Many ask that 2 8800GTS 320 will cost like a single 8800GTX 768, which is a better buy?
Well, in some cases , 2 8800GTS 320 cards will beat a 8800GTX cards(Mostly in games that dont need high memory and also in games that benefit MultiGPU technlogy). But in some other games (Mostly the games that need more memory to run better) a 8800GTX beats 2 8800GTS 320 in SLI mode.
Also remember that 2 8800GTS 320 cards will be more noisier and also they will produce more heat than one single 8800GTX.



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My link was broken, fixed it.



Wow, the 2 8600gt or single 8800gts argument is really far off base. The problem is that the 8800gt is so close to the gtx in performance. It is no contest to get 2x 8800gt or 8800gts (g92) over the GTX. It is the only choice that makes financial sense regardless of the resolution at which you play.
February 5, 2008 5:44:35 PM

8800gts (g92) is the way to go.. or as some people are ati fanboys...3870x2
February 5, 2008 5:46:19 PM

Single 8800 GTS 512MB gets my vote over the 8800 GTX.
February 5, 2008 6:06:51 PM

Not fanboys..3870x2 is superior to 8800GTX, why do some people still deny this lol...
I stil owuldnt reccomend GTS over GT as for the money you pay it aint worth the boost. Both run all games top noche except crysis where both suck, why bother to pay slightly more for 4 or 5 fps that you wont ever see? (or in case of crysis, 2fps you wont even notice).'



It really is pointless... atm Id say 3870x2 or 8800GT depending on your money available.

I dont like using SLI as it needs a nvidia mobo which i would not reccomend :) 
a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2008 8:43:00 PM

s1l3noz said:
Sup guys.

Was wondering, what's the best performance setup-up between Dual GT8800 or single GTX8800?

Dual 8800GT will typically beat a single GTX at GPU intensive settings/games, and sometimes by alot. But it also could give you more issues. It Depends on the games you play and the resolution, settings, and eye candy levels. I agree the choice (based on current prices I am aware of) should be single 8800GT/8800GTS 512MB, HD3870x2, or dual 8800GT/GTS 512MB. That pretty much covers the best place to put $200+ in video cards.

The arguement in the faq concerning the GTS 320MB in SLI doesn't apply to the 8800GT. Dual 8800GT can often spank a single anything, so depending on what you play it can be well worth it. If you play all games on a 24" LCD or must have fsaa at 16x10 or 16x12, then SLI can be well worth it. Especially for something like crysis where dual cards leave even single overclocked cards far behind and can make for a playable settings difference.

I see alot of people bash SLI, and I have never been interested in it before myself as in the past dual $500 cards was too much money and dual midrange cards didn't perform. But I tell ya I am thrilled to be running dual 8800GT, even for 16x10 gaming. Not a chance I would trade these two cards for a single 8800GTX or Ultra. Only thing I would do differently today is single or dual 8800GTS 512MB if priced right as I didn't like the stock 8800GT reference cooler and added $35 to each card in aftermarket cooling. Could I get by with a single 8800GTS 512MB, most definatelty. Would I find games where two would allow higher playable settings and make me happier, yes. Plus I like being able to run comparisons between one and two cards to explore the benefits, and I'll have a use for these two cards whenever I upgrade someday. Anyway, a single 8800GTS 512MB is an excellent option for you and you should consider long and hard why you want to spend more on dual cards. Do you want to tinker with dual cards and enjoy testing them, or is it totally about playing games? If it's 100% just playing games, research the games you want to play and the settings you want to play at. See if you need more than a single 8800GTS 512MB. But I can assure you, given the right games, settings, and eye candy levels desired, dual cards is far from pointless and can offer alot for the money at current prices.
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