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Should I run 2x 8800gt's in SLi or get a better single card?

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September 3, 2008 4:34:48 AM

I already have 1 8800gt, so should I look at getting a second to run in SLi or should I wait and get a better single card like a gtx260 or HD4870? I'm curious as to which setup would yeild better results. My system specs are in my sig.

Thanks in advance for any help.
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2008 4:50:03 AM

2 questions for yourself:

- Do you care about DX10.1?

- Do you care to spend a LOT of money for the bigger card?

I'd say go for the 2nd 8800GT: Cheaper than ever and still giving good performance.

Now, i don't know much about nVidias cards, so i don't know if your PSU would hold up with 2 8800GTs. If it can't, then see if going for a GTX260 costs more than the 8800GT + what-ever-watts-you-need PSU. (added)

On a side note: I have a friend with a rig close to yours (already 2x8800GTs and 900W PSU) and i can tell you it's a fine machine.

Esop!

EDIT: Added idea that came up.
a c 169 U Graphics card
September 3, 2008 5:24:38 AM

What resolution do u play at?
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September 3, 2008 5:32:16 AM

A quality Earthwatt 650-watts power supply should be enough to power 2 GTX260's in reality. I would definitely go for the second 8800GT, though, only if you're playing at 1680x1050+ resolutions... anything below that would be a waste.
a c 106 U Graphics card
September 3, 2008 5:35:31 AM

Go for the second card. It's alot cheaper and the drivers for multi card setups has been improving. If you can afford it a 260 would be nice, after all a faster single card solution is usually better than dual card setup. Going SLi means there may be a few games you want to play that prefer a faster single card, like a 4870 or 260, but by and large you'll get good SLi performance out of the more popular games. Check the charts here and on guru 3d to see if dual 8800 GTs will perform well in the games you care about.
September 3, 2008 9:38:18 AM

Id go for a second 8800GT. Beats out any single card pretty much with exception of dual gpu cards.
September 3, 2008 10:35:21 AM

A. You already have an SLi mobo
B. You have a 22" 1680x1050 monitor
C. You have a competent enough PSU
D. 8800GT's can be had for $99 with a rebate now
E. Why are you even asking this question?
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2008 10:47:13 AM

Great points, just buy the card M8.
a c 130 U Graphics card
September 3, 2008 1:13:13 PM


The second 8800GT is the way to go, i have seen reviews stating that a lot of people are doing this and the results are very good.

Mactronix
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