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2 9600 gts in sli or 1 9800gtx

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April 7, 2008 5:08:01 PM

Which would be better. To 9600gt's overclocked(from factory) or 1 9800gtx. The price out about the same.
im not sure on which res im going to run either 1680x 1050 or 1900x1200( leaning towards the latter for HD)

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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 7, 2008 5:19:45 PM

Since (2) 9600GT's in SLI approach the performance of a single 9800GX2 I would say... The 2 9600GT's would rock the hot totty!

Unless you have a compelling reason to get a single good card.
April 8, 2008 3:14:51 AM

the Gx2 is 2 underclocked 8800 GTS. lol
While the 9600 GTs in SLI would be a good investment, the 9800 GTX is about the same and you can have an option opened for 9800 GTX SLI, which is better than 2 9600 GTs
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 9, 2008 1:08:08 PM

L1qu1d said:

While the 9600 GTs in SLI would be a good investment, the 9800 GTX is about the same

I'd like to see that benchmark!
April 9, 2008 1:29:22 PM

98GTX Sli is better than the GX2
April 9, 2008 1:36:09 PM

well seeing as the when I had the 9600 GT in SLi it got a bit over 1 ultra, The 9800 GTX is a bit better than the Ultra so I just assumed its about the same:) 
a c 147 U Graphics card
April 9, 2008 5:29:23 PM

Maybe at low resolution a single card seems to have an advantage. I don't know. Every Benchmark I've seen has showed 2 9600GT's as little as several FPS above the 8800Ultra, or as high as a few FPS under the 9800GX2.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3266&p=4
April 9, 2008 6:13:50 PM

yes but remember that the 9800 GTX is a bit faster than the Ultra, and its single, so the advantage is, when You get a second 1.
a c 147 U Graphics card
April 9, 2008 6:20:00 PM

L1qu1d said:
yes but remember that the 9800 GTX is a bit faster than the Ultra, and its single, so the advantage is, when You get a second 1.

Fast? Yes unless it is memory intense and then Ultra wins.
Yes it is Single and there are deffinitly advantages.
Yes you can get a second one but the OP asked which is better, one GTS or 2 9600gt's

Technically I am looking it at the angle of which of the 2 "performs" better. Which one is better is up for debate.
a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2008 6:44:14 PM

The other thing to consider is SLI the technology. It doesn't help with every game. It also doesn't always work perfectly either, weird graphical problems, random lockups, etc. So you have to weigh all the facts. Sure 2 9600GT's may outperform one 9800GTX in some benchmarks, but is it going to bring along some headaches as well? The answer to the last part is "yes", because as we all know SLI (and for that matter CrossFire) isn't perfect.

For me the less hassle the better. Also as was mentioned already, you leave the option to go SLI at a later date. To me SLI only makes sense with two high end cards, it never makes sense with two mid-range cards that perform as well as one high-end card.
April 9, 2008 7:09:30 PM

well if people aren't looking to improve their Video card and don't want to spend alot, they can get 2 cheap cards and make them a little better than 1 good card:) 

SLI is very well optimized these days and alot of games support it, UT 3 , COD 4, HL2, Quake 4, QWET, Crysis, soo I don't think its fair to say that SLI doesn't help in Every game, when there are more games that support SLI than there are that don't.
April 9, 2008 7:38:21 PM

I think I would lean toward the 9800GTX. I would be willing to bet the performance is extremely close. The 98 gives you the option of adding another one in a few months when they release the latest and greatest. My understanding is they are releasing a new card some time in late Q2. So you might be able to get another one on the cheap at that point. Although I have seen any numbers on 9800GTX SLI, I bet their pretty good.
a c 147 U Graphics card
April 9, 2008 8:01:45 PM

L1qu1d said:

SLI is very well optimized these days and alot of games support it, UT 3 , COD 4, HL2, Quake 4, QWET, Crysis, soo I don't think its fair to say that SLI doesn't help in Every game, when there are more games that support SLI than there are that don't.

I agree with this. I am very conservative with technology. I rather go with something solid or at least wait till the kinks are worked out. 2 years ago i wouldnt have gone SLI. Now I'd consider it. Granted I did get an 8800GTS over everything, mainly because it was a single card and I have a non SLI chipset.

Honestly I'd probably get a GTX over 2 9600GTs just because its a single card and you dont need much more than that. Actually id probably still get a GTS and overclock it like i did. Its cheaper and you get gtx performance.
April 9, 2008 8:37:52 PM

One thing to consider is that if you go with the 9800 GTX and don't plan on getting another one, a cheaper motherboard is also an option.
April 9, 2008 9:21:54 PM

I think one 9800GTX would use less power and save you money in the long run.
April 22, 2008 1:39:38 AM

Thanks for they opinions every one. Considering I'm not buying until july/august I'll see whats out then, and if that is too high, I'll probably go with one 9800gtx that way in another year i could get another one cheap for a early/mid lifespan boost.
April 22, 2008 2:12:30 AM

If your considering the 9800, with the rebates going you might want to consider the 8800GT SLI. They would dominate a single 9800
April 22, 2008 2:17:33 AM

yes but they don't show much for the long run
April 22, 2008 2:36:20 AM

Cool thnx!

When I made the assumption I was using THG charts ont he 9800 GTX as reference:p 
April 22, 2008 2:40:09 AM



a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2008 2:47:11 AM

Yeah, I don't think those are stressing the GPU's enough. Notice, the 8800U usually wins with FSAA. I'm sure in plenty of settings the 9800GTX matches the 8800U, but when eye candy is cranked, the 8800U tends to pull ahead making it the winner IMO.

As an example, look at driver heavens real world gameplay. it's close, but the 8800U > or = 9800GTX in every game. http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews.php?reviewid=544&pa...
April 22, 2008 3:05:52 AM

yeah I'm not conflicting what your saying lol:p 

I'm just saying what I saw:p 
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