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-2x- 9600GT 512MB <VS>8800GTX 768MB

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March 11, 2008 11:52:26 PM

Hello...i am upgrading my system and i am wondering what would be better for me...one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (GeForce 8800GTX 768MB) or two of this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (GeForce 9600GT Superclocked 512MB) i am running on 1680 by 1050...for gaming purposes i use with games like Crysis, COD4, and UT3...money is an issue for me too....thanx for you help
March 12, 2008 12:09:46 AM

I would wait to see final pricing on the GX2. It will be equally as fast as the GTX in games that dont support any SLI (like the GTS512) and waaay faster in games that do.

I recommend waiting because with two 9600's you will be quite a bit slower in games that do not support SLI and somewhat faster in games that do.

Sorry if my logic is hard to follow
March 12, 2008 12:11:54 AM

Grab a 9600gt wait for the 9800's theres bound to be gt's gts's and gs in that series.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
March 12, 2008 12:26:50 AM

I'm voting for a single 8800GTX. This way you get the speed even in games that don't support SLI, and you can save $100 or more on the motherboard too. Wait for the 9800GTX if you can, but you might not like the price. I think the 9800GX2 will be a disaster, but the 9800GTX will be very nice. Of course, I could be wrong, we'll see when these cards are out.
March 12, 2008 12:34:23 AM

aevm...when does those cards come out?
March 12, 2008 1:12:24 AM

This month they are saying. I would like to add that the 9800GTX wont be faster than the GX2 according to the benchmarks already released.
March 12, 2008 1:15:46 AM

also will the 9800gx2 be SLI...cause if tahts so..they 9800gtx would be much better right? for games b/c of compatibility?
a c 143 U Graphics card
March 12, 2008 1:26:49 AM

The 9800GTX will have higher clocks than the 9800GX2, and it will work at its best even in games that are not optimized for SLI. Also, if you combine two 9800GTX cards you have a setup with two GPUs. and nVidia is pretty good at that sort of drivers. With two 9800GX2 cards, you have a setup with 4 GPUs, and nVidia has only tried that once before, with the 7950GX2, and it wasn't so good.

It's too early to tell. Maybe in recent years they actually managed to produce good drivers for 4 GPUs, we'll see. Either way, the best advice I can give you is to wait until a couple of weeks after the cards are released, then read lots of reviews, then decide which one you want. The cards will probably be ridiculously expensive during those first weeks anyway, it's always happening that way.
a c 143 U Graphics card
March 12, 2008 1:59:23 AM

Thanks, very interesting article.

March 12, 2008 3:39:20 AM

Thanx Swifty...exactly what i was looking for
March 12, 2008 6:01:39 AM

8800GTS, pretty much as fast as GTX, but like 100 bucks cheaper.
a b U Graphics card
March 12, 2008 6:29:50 AM

aevm said:
I'm voting for a single 8800GTX. This way you get the speed even in games that don't support SLI, and you can save $100 or more on the motherboard too. Wait for the 9800GTX if you can, but you might not like the price. I think the 9800GX2 will be a disaster, but the 9800GTX will be very nice. Of course, I could be wrong, we'll see when these cards are out.

What popular GPU demanding games don't support SLI? Have a look at this FS review. SLI looks good to me in every game but HL2 ep2 where it's not needed anyway.
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_9600_gt_sli...

Personally my money would go toward two 9600GT or a single 8800GTS 512MB. SLI mobos are not expensive and a 650i 8x/8x one will perform the same as a more expensive 680 16x/16x board.
http://www.techspot.com/review/45-nvidia-nforce-650i-sl...
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