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June 15, 2008 10:18:19 PM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

is the 9800 GX2 i was looking at.

i would SLI them.


or should i get 1

GTX280

or 2 if there cheaper once its offical release date.


this is the only thing im waiting for befor i build my new pc :( 

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June 15, 2008 10:21:30 PM

Well, the gtx280 is 40% faster than a single g92 card. Gx2 use 2, so in theory, it should be somewhat faster than gtx280.

Still, wait after release date. If nothing else, the new card will push down price for everything else.
June 15, 2008 10:25:45 PM

so still even 1 gtx280 will beat 2 9800's ?


yea i plan on waiting till they come out. but im getting borad i wanna play on DX10 allready!!! lol
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June 15, 2008 10:26:21 PM

SLI Them? You are going to buy two X2s? Quad GPU is a bad idea....after 3 GPUs your return is just about non existent. Hold out just a little longer if you can afford the 280 or two of them. BTW, what res are you gaming at?
June 15, 2008 10:28:25 PM

Hahaha, dagger, we are always on the same page
June 15, 2008 10:33:54 PM

1680x1050

what does it mean your return is just about non existent?

i know i can afford the 280's but not 2 if there over 550$
June 15, 2008 10:38:15 PM

gadgetnerd said:
1680x1050

what does it mean your return is just about non existent?

The gtx280's 1gb ram would give it an advantage over gx2 with 512mb assigned to each core. Still best to wait and see the initial price. If they kept it at the $700 mark, it's not worth it. Might as well sli two 1gb versions of 8800gts for much less.
June 15, 2008 10:39:38 PM

yea i hope to god there not over 600$ lol or even 700$
June 15, 2008 10:51:02 PM

we will have to wait and see what the prices are like. I hope reviews pop up sooner.
June 15, 2008 10:58:53 PM

I mean once you hit Tri-SLI you can't do much better than that unless you are at the upper resolutions. So you don't get what you pay for in the end...the 4th GPU is just kind of a waste.

Dude, WTF....didn't THG just do an article on this? I can't find it anymore. Now I think I am going crazy. Dagger, help me out here...
June 15, 2008 11:02:46 PM

what 9800 would be a normal SLI one and why aint the one i picked just normal SLI ?
June 15, 2008 11:03:52 PM

gadgetnerd said:
yes but im not doing Tri-SLI im doing just SLI :p 

Well, tri sli needs 3 pcie slots, and quad needs 2, interestingly enough. :p 
June 15, 2008 11:05:36 PM

dagger said:
Well, tri sli needs 3 pcie slots, and quad needs 2, interestingly enough. :p 


lol so 2 cards = quad. :ouch: 

im still on the DX9 stage.. lol

but what if i buy 2 GTX280's if i can wont that be quad?
June 15, 2008 11:09:04 PM

gadgetnerd said:
lol so 2 cards = quad. :ouch: 

im still on the DX9 stage.. lol

but what if i buy 2 GTX280's if i can wont that be quad?

2 9800gx2. 2x2 is quad. :p 
June 15, 2008 11:16:32 PM

GTX280 has a single GPU per card so 2 cards= SLI. GX2 has two GPUs built into each card so two in SLI would = 4 GPUs total = quad SLI. Just count the GPUs..... Tri SLI would mean you need three cards with 1 GPU each.

I would not get Quad GPU, what perceived improvement VR. heat, cost and added noise is just not worth it IMHO. Either SLI or get the GTX280. In my expirience a single card with a faster GPU and more VRAM always trumps SLI with more accumalitve resources unless you are gaming at much higher resolutions.

You are gaming at the same resolution I am, and I have decided on either the GTX280 once it hits or 2X 3870 (I have a crossfire board) for what its worth.
June 15, 2008 11:17:39 PM

ah thanks for explaning it all. im still new to the sli and stuff ..
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