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August 5, 2008 12:11:16 AM

I'm working on a new build and was wondering about GPUs

Previously I had an 8800GS and really liked the card and was wondering about my next card

I have a budget of $150 for the GPU, give or take $10

Mobo is Asus M2N-SLi and not sure about PSU, but i'm thinking about antec neopower 550

So sli the GS later, or get a 9600GT or 8800GT now??

And would that PSU push the two GS's, and 6000X2 at stock speeds??

Thanks alot

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August 5, 2008 12:13:29 AM

Oh, and resolution will be 16x12 and under
August 5, 2008 12:37:23 AM

what about a 4850?
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August 5, 2008 12:38:03 AM

the mobo i've picked is SLi ready...........
August 5, 2008 12:50:14 AM

then maybe one 8800gt 512 mb now? they seem to be a pretty decent deal at around
110 bucks. i ve seen some at this price
August 5, 2008 1:09:40 AM

really??? well i'll have to do more looking
August 5, 2008 1:18:19 AM

cheapest GTS I found was $150 where did you find the one for $110?
August 5, 2008 1:26:20 AM

he said GT not GTS
August 5, 2008 1:26:54 AM

oh, sorry

My only thought there is heat
August 5, 2008 1:29:51 AM

theres not much heat on the g92 cores compared to the g80.

i believe the 8800gt loades at 65c and idles at 55.
August 5, 2008 1:32:59 AM

ok, that's good to know

just one more question, at my res, would I see any boost from Sli??


And what res would SLi start to help?
August 5, 2008 1:34:39 AM

basically you would see a boost starting at 16x12 at maxed settings.

so keep it there.

your neopower 550 would handle everything nicely.
August 5, 2008 1:35:49 AM

ok, thanks alot everyone
August 5, 2008 1:51:12 AM

ehh. something is not clear. do you already have a 8800gs or not? if so it s as good as a 9600gt and a little worse than 8800gt and to buy another one would be great at 16*12
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2008 2:26:40 AM

If you already have an 8800gs and sli motherboard, then your cheapest and best upgrade would be another 8800gs. Newegg currently has the evga 8800gs for $80AR shipped. I got mine for $65 with a coupon code, but that's expired now.
August 5, 2008 12:24:08 PM

I have nothing right now, but have had a GS in the past

a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2008 5:08:22 PM

dbman19 said:
I have nothing right now, but have had a GS in the past


In that case, with your budget of around $150, get an HD4850.
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2008 8:15:50 PM

SLI can help at low resolution even. Just look at Crysis DX10 very high and at 1024x768 is can provide a playable difference. (see 9800GX2 vs 8800GTS 512MB) http://www.digit-life.com/articles3/i3dspeed/0608/itogi...

Most current games, it takes a higher resolution to make the single card struggle, but SLI can benefit any time you are GPU limited.

If you had an SLI mobo and 8800GS already I would say at 1600x1200 for sure SLI the 8800GS (I am myself). But seeing how you do not have a card now, then you have more options. Two 8800GS will pretty much beat anything under $200 in most games, so it's a good choice. But, the HD4850 looks like a great option too. A single 9800GTX (if priced about the same) is a good option too. Otherwise, if you want to stick to NV the 8800GT or GTS (512MB) may be your best bang/buck if going for a single card now.
August 5, 2008 9:11:22 PM

Thanks again, does anyone have SLi benchies they can post?? SLied 8800GS's?
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2008 9:31:17 PM

dbman19 said:
Thanks again, does anyone have SLi benchies they can post?? SLied 8800GS's?


google does...
August 5, 2008 9:44:52 PM

they must be hiding from me
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a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2008 1:51:27 AM

don't listen to physicz... a 8800 gs is almost = to those cards at low resolutions... your best bet is to get a second 8800 gs...

your next upgrade though is going to require a bit more money to get a noticeable increase in performance
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2008 11:35:29 PM

dbman19 said:
Thanks again, does anyone have SLi benchies they can post?? SLied 8800GS's?

I can give you some 8800GT 512MB SLI scaling results I just finished up doing. (edit: actually re-doing after getting a 24" LCD and being able to now do 19x12 res)

System is in my sig. Q6600 @ 3.0GHz. BFG 8800GT OC(s) at factory speeds. All results are using fraps during repeatable actual gameplay of demanding levels/areas of the game.

Call of Duty 4: (1920x1200 max details 4xaa/16xaf) Mission Warpig
Single 8800GT - 46.757 ave, 28 min, 64 max
SLI 8800GT - 88.484 ave, 52 min, 136 max
SLI scaling over single card (ave fps) - 89.24%

Crysis: (1920x1200 Win XP all HIGH settings 0xaa/1xaf) Paradise Lost
Single 8800GT - 18.944 ave, 13 min, 24 max
SLI 8800GT - 30.360 ave, 22 min, 39 max
SLI scaling over single card (ave fps) - 60.26%

Oblivion: (1920x1200 max details 4xaa/16xaf) Foliage
Single 8800GT - 25.530 ave, 18 min, 35 max
SLI 8800GT - 48.603 ave, 36 min, 64 max
SLI scaling over single card (ave fps) - 90.38%

For fun I may do evga 8800GS SC 384MB SLI testing same settings as above.
August 7, 2008 12:07:56 AM

thanks alot
a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2008 12:16:33 AM

No problem. Keep in mind scaling results will vary by game and even area in a game. (edit: example - Oblivions towns are more CPU limited and this kind of scaling would not happen. ) Not to mention system specs, resolution, eye candy settings, etc. I'm hoping to go more in depth someday and do a good dozen or more games with a few SLI combos.
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