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2x 8800gtx or 9800gx2

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March 24, 2008 11:16:51 AM

hi all, im looking to replace my 8800gts 328mb card in the summer, i checked out the reviews for the 9800 and wasnt blowen away by the results. So i thought i would ask.

I play alot of games and do alot of 3d work for games and hihger end visulisations, which option would be best for my scenario here?

thanks for your time :) 

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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2008 11:34:39 AM

I think a 9800GTX in SLI would be your best scenario, for several reasons. Unless your resolution is 19x12 or higher, the 512mb vs the 768 wouldnt benefit you with the 8800GTX. Secondly, since you already have a SLI mobo, the 9800GTX will provide higher clocks, less heat, and even if you do have a 24" or larger screen, maybe a 1 Gig Gddr version will come out, giving you your best playable solution
March 24, 2008 11:51:15 AM

i would get 8800GTS sli.
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March 24, 2008 11:56:41 AM

8800GTX is older tech now I wouldn't recommend it at all unless you already got one.

If you weren't impressed by 9800GX2 results you probably wont be impressed by much else anyway. 8800GTS 512 would probably be your best bet.
March 24, 2008 12:04:21 PM

I don't think the 9800GTX will be that much faster than the 8800GTX, and since the 8800GTS has similar performance to the 8800GTX why does the 9800GTX need two 6 pin power connectors. I mean do you really need a second 6Pin power connector for 20fps?
March 24, 2008 12:15:49 PM

Below is why the 8800gtx ( same power consum as Ultra) dont make sense..



March 24, 2008 3:03:50 PM

Thanks for the replies, it still all food for thought atm, I wont be upgrading straight away maybe a month or so. I'll see what, if any, advancements there are from the manufactures. thanks again guys.
March 24, 2008 4:23:30 PM

systemlord said:
I don't think the 9800GTX will be that much faster than the 8800GTX, and since the 8800GTS has similar performance to the 8800GTX why does the 9800GTX need two 6 pin power connectors. I mean do you really need a second 6Pin power connector for 20fps?



Tri-SLI and better overclockling, only uses like reccomended 8watts over 150watt, but still thats enough to warrent a 2nd connector :) 
March 24, 2008 5:04:49 PM

Ok, this may sound dumb and all, but what about waiting for the HD4XXX line from ATi. They (DAMMIT) say its going to be a killer card (they also said this about the 2900 line).
a c 169 U Graphics card
March 24, 2008 5:20:12 PM

8800GTX VS 8800GTS 512 :
If u play @ 1920x1200 go for 8800GTX 512 , here is a note from HOTHARDWARE:
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.

9800GTX VS 8800GTX:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/249361-15-geforce-9...

8800GTX:
Processor Cores:128
Core Clock:575
Shader Clock:1350
Memory Clock:900
Memory:768MB


9800GTX:
Processor Cores:128
Core Clock:675
Shader Clock:1688
Memory Clock:1100
Memory:512MB

Not a huge difference between these too, and even MAYBE ( i cant say for 100% because the real benchs arent out) a 8800GTX cant beat a 9800GTX in higher resolutions
March 24, 2008 5:42:07 PM

spaztic7 said:
Ok, this may sound dumb and all, but what about waiting for the HD4XXX line from ATi. They (DAMMIT) say its going to be a killer card (they also said this about the 2900 line).

Product hype.
March 24, 2008 9:01:42 PM

Hatman said:
Tri-SLI and better overclockling, only uses like reccomended 8watts over 150watt, but still thats enough to warrent a 2nd connector :) 


Hatman, you'll get better gains overclocking the 8800GTX because: (1) 8800GTX has bigger frame buffer 768MB (at 1920x1200 and up) at high resolutions, (2) A GPU with 24 ROPs versus a GPU thats been neutered with only 16 ROPs, the GPU with 24 ROPs will see higher gains when overclocking.
a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2008 9:20:07 PM

spaztic7 said:
Ok, this may sound dumb and all, but what about waiting for the HD4XXX line from ATi. They (DAMMIT) say its going to be a killer card (they also said this about the 2900 line).

This doesnt sound dumb at all. If it comes out like it says it will, it will dominate, and yes it could be another 2900, but do you really think theyll do that twice in a row? And the OP did say hes looking around evaluating, so to me its a great option
March 25, 2008 1:17:25 PM

I have been waiting a long time for ATi to take back the lead; I want to go back to them. But they have been lagging far behind Nvidia when it comes down to it. I need the HD4000 line to be great. I just hope they are not hyping it up and making everyone believe it is great and when it come out, it’s nothing impressive. Don’t get me wrong, I love my 8800 GTX, I just want more power and something new. My 1+ year old card just feels old now.

I wish there was more information on Wekiva (r700) other than the heavily rumored GDDR5 memory, multi core, and to come out 1H this year.
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