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8800 Ultra SLI vs 8800 GTS (G92) SLI - Benchmarks?

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February 7, 2008 6:08:02 PM

Heya,

First off, where did all of the 8800 Ultra's go on the Egg? :( 

Anywho, I've got about $1800 in disposable income coming to me on the 21st of Feb, and I'm currently running on a 7800 GTX and wish to upgrade to either SLI configuration of two 8800 Ultra's or two 8800 GTS's (G92s). Since money isnt really an object, what I'd really like to know is if there are any specific benchmarks of those two configurations. I've yet to see any. Have ya'll?

Right away I know that two Ultra's will beat the GTS's, but by exactly how much? Is DOUBLE the price worth the FPS gain? And again, if so, or if not, what is the exact FPS gain? For arguments sake, lets take Crysis and CoD4. (Yay for cliche!)

~FireGS
February 7, 2008 6:38:10 PM

IMHO a 8800GTX is sufficent for anything now. I play WoW and get around 30fps at max details and 1920x1200. If you want to buy another card, go for it, just keep in mind that an 8800 has a lot of power. My suggestion, see what the 9xxx series has to offer, I believe its coming soon.
February 7, 2008 6:43:48 PM

I dont know if these are real or not, but..

http://www.pcgameshardware.de/?menu=browser&mode=articl...

Looking at that, forgetting the 9800 in there, that would be proof alone that two Ultra's would be in the mid 40s to 50's. Thats pretty significant FPS gain, wouldn't you say? And what are the odds that the GX2 will beat that out, if it couldnt beat out one Ultra? (thinking Ultra SLI vs GX2 SLi)
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February 7, 2008 6:54:11 PM

There's something about that chart that doesn't fit.
February 7, 2008 7:51:03 PM

Go for the g92 GTS SLI, or better yet wait for the 9800x2 or do a 3870x2 CF config for 4x GPU's (driver support coming soon!).
February 7, 2008 8:14:51 PM

sNaKeEe said:
There's something about that chart that doesn't fit.

Agreed. There's a 14fps difference between the 8800 Ultra and the 3870. I don't have World in Conflict, but that's a 78% difference in performance. Seems like a lot. Besides, why would they release a dual-gpu card that's worse than their best single gpu card, which has been out for way too long to hold Nvidia's title for best card anyway? Or perhaps the drivers for the new card aren't very optimized yet, and that may show a lack of performance as well.
February 7, 2008 8:34:14 PM

"why would they release a dual-gpu card that's worse than their best single gpu card"

Drivers, DUH!

If you see this card not performing as well as a single 3870, its drivers. ATIs cards get what, 10 - 20% boost overtime on certain games? Ityll get better, just give it time.


Also the new crossfireX drivers are out soon which will provide much better scaling :D 
a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2008 11:20:17 PM

I haven't seen a direct comparison or even enough SLI comparisons to say they would scale equally at all resolutions. I'd suspect less than 10% lead for the Ultras unless mem comes into play at a monster res. I'd think You would have to play at very high resolutions to see a difference between the two. Otherwise cpu limitations would set it quite often. Without knowing your resolution and your system specs it's hard to answer for sure, but IMO not a chnace is it worth going SLI Ultras. Shoot, if you want bragging rights, for the same cost you could go with 3-way SLI 8800GTX. But my advice would be SLI 8800GTS 512MB. roughly the cost of one ultra and WAY ahead in a game like Crysis.

February 8, 2008 7:47:03 PM

System Specs

MB:Asus P5N-E Sli <-- Upping this to a 780i
CPU:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Memory:4Gb G.Skill/ 5-5-5-15
VGA:7800GTX
Cooling:Water
Sound:M-audio FireWire 410
10 Hard drives. Yeah.
PSU:Ultra 1600w

1680x1050 Res

Hm. GTX Tri-Sli... Interesting. Well, say I get Two Ultra's from EVGA. I could ALWAYS just Step Up to the GX2's, right? Is there any harm in that?
February 8, 2008 8:13:26 PM

Aslong as they are released within 3months, atm they are set for march, so it should be fine.


Assuming they wont be cheaper then ultras.
February 8, 2008 8:34:17 PM

The G92 also uses alot less power.
February 9, 2008 6:29:24 AM

Hatman said:
Aslong as they are released within 3months, atm they are set for march, so it should be fine.


Assuming they wont be cheaper then ultras.


What happens if they ARE cheaper than Ultras? Will Step-up not work? Or will i just not get money back? If thats the case, I'm fine with it.
February 9, 2008 6:44:07 AM

i think the9800gx2 will be from 400-500
and that chart is soooo fake because there is some thing wrong with it.
any way the gx2 will be 30% faster than the ultra so wait few weeks
February 9, 2008 7:06:21 AM

FireGS said:
What happens if they ARE cheaper than Ultras? Will Step-up not work? Or will i just not get money back? If thats the case, I'm fine with it.


It works, but you do not get refunded a positive difference.
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