I haven't gotten my new system yet so I'm wondering if I should either get a single 9800GX2 or a pair of 8800GTS. I'm not getting it for another month or so, so I think that the driver issues will be solved. Just wondering what ur oppinion.
yea i have read plenty, and as it stands now the SLI 8800GTS is better, but maybe thats because it's a fully developed product.. The GX2 has bugs and the drivers aren't perfect. These are things that i take to mind, and are giving me trouble when deciding which to pick. As it stands now I'm leaning toward the dual 8800's, because even though the performance of the GX2 is close to the SLI setup the dual cards will have better performance over clocked and have better cooling.
The 3870X2 offers slightly better performance then 2 3870's the clock is higher at stock and cooling is much more efficient. Still there's not much difference apart from the 3870X2 is cheaper.
Now the 9800X2, the cooling is less efficient the clock is set lower because of this. If you can grab 2 8800GTS's for 80$ cheaper then a 9800GX2 then theres no competition there. Better cooling, better overclockability better value. However i bet if you run the 9800X2 at 100% fan the cooling won't be an issue (however your ear drums might be) so if your only overclocking for the sake of 3Dmark or benchmarks then there isn't much competition between 2 8800GTS vs 9800X2 OC apart from your ear drums suffering.
I think the power goes to the X2. The ocing goes to the slied GTS's. Any advantage the X2 has over the GTS setup clock for clock, is taken away by the ability to be outdone by a superior oc of the GTS. And, youll be getting all that heat out of your case , plus youll save a few $
My opinion is that the 8800GTS 512 in SLI will be slightly better.
Yup, I agree. Fudzilla claims otherwise. But Firingsquad sure shows two GTS G92 beating the GX2. Onlt crysis is even, otherwise the GTS 's comeout on top in every game. Seems to me the GX2 is closer to 8800GT SLI, which hopefully someone but [H] will test that out. http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_9800...
8800GT SLI is better than 9800GX2 & 8800GTS SLI - if you look into price : performance. You can get 2x8800GT for $350 in total and its performance will be at a very very slim difference between the 2x8800GTS & 9800GX2 (-/+ 5%?). It will also cost about $250 cheaper than the 9800GTX and about $100-150 cheaper than the the 2x8800GTS.
8800GT SLI is the best bang for buck. $350...can't take you any further than that.
I've only got a 3D Mark 06 score to use as a comparison, and they're 8800GT512s SLIed, not GTS512, but they get around 14100+. All default settings for 3D Mark. The GTs are OC a smidgen.
Main test results
3DMark Score 14201 3DMarks
SM 2.0 Score 6265
SM 3.0 Score 7902
CPU Score 2676 (E6750 at 3GHz)
1 - Return to Proxycon 51.83 FPS
2 - Firefly Forest 52.59 FPS
CPU1 - Red Valley 0.84 FPS
CPU2 - Red Valley 1.36 FPS
1 - Canyon Flight (SM 3.0) 90.87 FPS
2 - Deep Freeze (SM 3.0) 67.16 FPS