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8800GTX SLI vs 9800GTX SLI

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March 16, 2008 11:04:36 PM

Hi

Im about to buy a new pc and was wondering whether i should get 2 8800GTX's or wait a little while and get 2 9800GTX's.
Now, the reason for this is that ive seen the leaked specs of the 9800GTX's and they dont seem to be near the specs of the 8800GTX.

BTW, I love crysis and have been playing it on low settings for too long(well, since release), and would like to play at full specs. Im getting the new intel Q9450(OCing to about 3.6), 8GB or DDR2 800 memory, 900w PSU, 780i motherboard.

So, 8800GTX or 9800GTX?

thanks alot in advance.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2008 11:08:50 PM

I think that the 9800GTX is near the 8800GTX, but it may OC better. At the very least it should lower the cost of the (edit: 8800) GTX, so you may want to wait if cost is an issue.
March 16, 2008 11:11:58 PM

8800gtx's dont scale that well in Sli...

9800gtx should be as fast if not faster than a 8800gtx in Crysis, with Sli involved the 9800gtx should have a commanding lead, plus they should run much cooler and overclock better...

Your decision should be 8800gts ( $230) Sli vs 9800gtx ( $320) Sli...

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March 16, 2008 11:14:58 PM

God, I hope it really is $320.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2008 11:22:25 PM

The specs on the 8800 arent needed on the 9800 as they compressed the data , thus eliminating the need for a wider bandwidth , and so far 512 ram is enough for todays games. Plus it will oc higher, use less juice and be cooler
March 16, 2008 11:40:03 PM

9800GTX is the way to go because it'll be newer, cooler running, and it will scale better in SLI. What resolution do you plan on playing your favorite games at? Specifically what mobo will you be using?

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/20080313185946_GeForce_9800_GTX_Specs_Confirmed_Leaked_Slides.html

This is a good little read up on the 9800GTX with MSRP information. Most hardware usually starts around it's list price and then if it's popular will go up in price, but then usually comes back down within a month or so.
March 17, 2008 12:07:12 AM

1360x768 is the resolution im currently using, but i may be getting a better HDTV later in the year.
My last pc upgrade was 5 years ago and i doubt i will be upgrading this one within the next 4 or so years, so i want to make it as future proof as possible now while i have a little extra money than usual.
March 17, 2008 12:11:31 AM

SLI isn't really worth it at that resolution.
March 17, 2008 12:12:25 AM

Soz, wont let me edit my post :heink: 

sorry, im not getting a Asus P5E3 Deluxe Intel X38 Socket 775 Motherboard not a 780i one. Ive been researching and changing the components im getting so much ive forgot what im getting :p 
a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2008 12:12:27 AM

Then definately go with the 98, itll have the right connecters/HD compatibility youll need
March 17, 2008 12:14:01 AM

aazzametalhead said:
Soz, wont let me edit my post :heink: 

sorry, im not getting a Asus P5E3 Deluxe Intel X38 Socket 775 Motherboard not a 780i one. Ive been researching and changing the components im getting so much ive forgot what im getting :p 



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March 17, 2008 12:15:53 AM

Sorry

It should say:

im getting a Asus P5E3 Deluxe Intel X38 Socket 775 Motherboard not a 780i one.

Ive read that its a good performer and a good overclocker.
March 17, 2008 12:16:50 AM

X38 boards can't do SLI.
March 17, 2008 12:22:44 AM

oh right.

Thanks, lucky i didnt order it yet. Any recommendation for a board?
March 17, 2008 12:31:48 AM

Well, could be for Crysis and future proofing for higher games in the coming years. Pretty much, as it's been said, it should run cooler, faster, and use less electricity than the 8800 GTX. Add-on it's likely overclocking potential (last I checked, the 8800 GTS 512 overclocked pretty nicely), and should have much better SLI capabilities (See the 9600 GT in SLI.)
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