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What do you think of a 8800 GTS 512 SLi setup?

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September 4, 2008 4:46:14 PM

I have one 8800 GTS 512 and I want to upgrade.Is another 8800 GTS 512 a good option?

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September 4, 2008 4:53:07 PM

If you have an SLi capable motherboard and play at high resolution (1680x1050 or 1600x1200 and up) yes. It is also important to know your other hardware and what games you play as these factors will determine how well a multi-card setup will perform for you.
September 4, 2008 5:00:24 PM

Other than the SLI capable Motherboard, Make sure your powersupply can handle the additional load.
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September 4, 2008 5:19:58 PM

Its nice man, get RivaTuner and overclock it too and you will be in graphics heaven. Havent tried Crysis yet, but COD4 is silky smooth on my 22". I just started Far Cry and I dont know if its supposed to be a load on cards or not, but that looks awesome as well with all settings to the max. With all the jungle trees and stuff it looks great.

Sucks power though and they get hot if you dont turn up the fan speeds.
a b Î Nvidia
September 4, 2008 6:02:13 PM

yetyhunter said:
I have one 8800 GTS 512 and I want to upgrade.Is another 8800 GTS 512 a good option?


What kind of motherboard, PSU and case do you have?
a b Î Nvidia
September 4, 2008 8:25:50 PM

I think you'll be fine. You are sure about the 31A on the 12V rail, right? That is, we're not talking about 16A on rail 1 and 15A on rail 2, but 31A combined? What model is the PSU?
September 4, 2008 9:40:40 PM

Heya,

Absolutely. The 8800 series in SLI still among the top end performers.

Very best,
September 4, 2008 9:44:49 PM

malveaux said:
Heya,

Absolutely. The 8800 series in SLI still among the top end performers.

Very best,


Yep, it'll outperform 4870/gtx260 and gtx280 across the board.
a b Î Nvidia
September 4, 2008 9:48:05 PM


Yep it seems to be the done thing at the moment, In fact anyone with a 8800 G92 card would really be missing a trick if they didnt go the dual gpu route at the price point the cards are at now.

mactronix
September 4, 2008 10:12:34 PM

mactronix said:
Yep it seems to be the done thing at the moment, In fact anyone with a 8800 G92 card would really be missing a trick if they didnt go the dual gpu route at the price point the cards are at now.

mactronix


Not everyone has the sli motherboard it needs. :p 
a b Î Nvidia
September 4, 2008 10:22:33 PM

Going SLi with the 8800 GTS would make a pretty good upgrade, especially with the prices. The only thing is, I hope you have a good brand PSU. If you constantly push your PSU to it's limits you will shorten it's lifespan.
September 4, 2008 10:37:28 PM

while everyone might not have a board capable of SLI physical slot wise, there is always hacked drivers for non nvidia chipsets if your willing to ask around, i agree with mactronix. The price/performance on sli'd 8800's compared to 200's/4800 couldn't be much nicer.
September 4, 2008 10:41:31 PM

atomicWAR said:
while everyone might not have a board capable of SLI physical slot wise, there is always hacked drivers for non nvidia chipsets if your willing to ask around, i agree with mactronix. The price/performance on sli'd 8800's compared to 200's/4800 couldn't be much nicer.


Hacked drivers? Lol, can I ask you where they are? :na: 
a b Î Nvidia
September 5, 2008 2:55:31 AM

This is so crazy, people installing hacked drivers and then blaming nVidia or Microsoft for crashes. Plus, they might have spyware...


September 5, 2008 2:56:18 AM

aevm said:
This is so crazy, people installing hacked drivers and then blaming nVidia or Microsoft for crashes. Plus, they might have spyware...


Do those actually work? :p 
a b Î Nvidia
September 5, 2008 3:05:17 AM

I have no idea, sorry. I never had the courage to try them myself :sweat: 

I know there was a guy last year making hacked Vista drivers for Creative X-Fi. Those did work, better than Creative's, and they were free of spyware too if taken from the right sites. Creative lawyers shut him down because his drivers allowed the cheapest X-Fi to offer all the features of the more expensive X-Fi models, or something like that.

September 5, 2008 3:19:34 AM

Are we talking about sound cards now? :p 

I knew of working+stable sli drivers for old p965 and 7xxxs. But that was a long time ago. Couldn't anyone come up with one for newer hardware all this time? :sarcastic: 
a b Î Nvidia
September 5, 2008 4:08:49 AM

Oops, I went off-topic. The thing is, that's the only good story I heard about hacked drivers. Bad stories are a lot more frequent.

There will be SLI drivers for the X58, apparently. Official too, i.e. made by nVidia.
September 5, 2008 4:47:15 AM

I'd wish there were some hacked drivers to run Crossfire on my 680i. I'd love to double up on my 3850 for only like $50 dollars. They scale pretty well too, but alas, my lame 680i will just have to stay.
September 5, 2008 2:12:08 PM

aevm said:
I think you'll be fine. You are sure about the 31A on the 12V rail, right? That is, we're not talking about 16A on rail 1 and 15A on rail 2, but 31A combined? What model is the PSU?

1 rail with 15 + 2nd rail with 16 = 31 A combined.
Will it run? the brand is Xilence www.xilence-power.com/
September 5, 2008 2:34:54 PM

I have the 8800GTS 512mb in sli runnign a Q6600 @2.85 and purs like a kitten 24/7. Although the room does get a little warm when playing Crysis & Farcry for a few hours at full noise.

DO IT :) 
a b Î Nvidia
September 5, 2008 3:10:06 PM

I'm guessing it's the 480W model, since that's the one listed with 15A+16A. Normally you can't just add them, and 15+16 would result in less than 31. That is, the 15A rail will not be able to produce 15A if the 16A rail tries to produce 16A at the same time. On the other hand, I think you're lucky and this is one of the rare PSUs where you can actually add them up. According to this list your PSU actually delivers 31A combined:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=554094
September 5, 2008 4:29:34 PM

It's not 480W it's 600W
a b Î Nvidia
September 5, 2008 4:48:54 PM

LOL, then it's not the one with 15A+16A, it's the one with 20A+20A. Never mind, that's even better. Go for it. I'm sure you'll be pleased with your SLI setup.
September 5, 2008 5:11:52 PM

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?p=2005480

there's one such example of the hack as you asked dagger. To answer some of the concerns about spyware....when you use hacks you run higher risks in your pc's security. My only point was you COULD use them. Personally unless i wrote the code or a close friend i trusted did, i'd be exteremely careful in doing such.
a b Î Nvidia
September 5, 2008 5:21:06 PM

yetyhunter said:
You got it wong again LoL .It is 600watts with 15A+16A
http://en.toppreise.ch/desc_124859.html
http://www.technic3d.com/article/pics/330/ge_892.jpg


Weird. The site www.xilence-power.com/ shows a 480W model with 15+16 and a 600W model with 20+20. They messed up on the site, I guess.

A PSU with only 15A+16A should not claim it has 600W, IMO. For example the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W has 49A, not just 31. I guess Xilence doesn't care much about honesty. Anyway, it should work.
September 5, 2008 5:33:06 PM

Mine is not listed anymore maybe.
I hope it will.I am going to buy the card in about about a week and maybe a new power supply later.
If it doesn't work how can I notice it?
Can it damage the cards or anything else?
a b Î Nvidia
September 5, 2008 5:42:06 PM

If it doesn't work because of insufficient power then you'll get artifacts and lockups.

If the PSU is overloaded and dies it can take other parts with it too, especially the MB. Some PSUs die without causing other damage, but some are not so nice.
September 5, 2008 5:57:50 PM

I had a cheap noname 400 PSU with my old 8800 GTS 320.It ran for about 2 months then it exploded like the new year fireworks.It took only my mother board.I think this one has some kind of protection. look here written in red http://www.technic3d.com/article/pics/330/ge_892.jpg
September 5, 2008 5:59:57 PM

sorry it's in black .
a b Î Nvidia
September 5, 2008 6:32:16 PM

That's good.
September 5, 2008 8:31:35 PM

So that means if it dies it won't take out other components too? But normaly it should work with the 2 cards.My system isn't very loaded .I have 1 hdd ,1DvD rom,2GB ram and an E8400 3.6GHZ.
Sorry I ask so many questions .I just want to be shure.It's my firs build and I don't have a lot of experience .I'm only 16.
a b Î Nvidia
September 6, 2008 10:10:34 PM

No worries, ask away. Look, "overload protection" means that the PSU designers have already considered scenarios like yours and did something about it. If they were competent, then the PSU won't die at all even if you overload it. Besides, I don't think you'll overload it. You're close to the limit, but still under it.
January 21, 2009 9:52:16 PM

I have a single 8800 gtw 512 right now and was wondering how my system would run in sli and if my psu could support it my specs are:
E6300 c2d
635w sigma shark psu sli approved
2gb adata ddr2 800 and 1gb of pqi ddr2800
500gb wd caviar se16
intel dg965wh media mobo that i will be upgrading to the evga 750i ftw edition

also when i get my new motherboard how to get it in my system thats already up??
January 21, 2009 9:53:00 PM

meant evga e-geforce 8800 gts 512mb
a b Î Nvidia
January 22, 2009 12:57:26 AM

635W is below minimum recommendations for 8800 gts sli. Risky
http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

How to get it in:
- backup
- remove the cpu, clean the paste, reapply it, insert the cpu in the new mb
- etc (hdd, cards)
- reinstall Windows

Upgrade the hdd to wd6401aals, it's 50% faster.
January 25, 2009 3:23:17 AM

Say i get a new psu and get the 750i ftw mobo another 8800 gts for sli and a q6600 or an e8400 do you think that could handle basically anything because right now my rig can handle the crysis demo on ultra high settings with 2x anti alasing and a 1240x1080 res. or something like that with a decent frame rate
January 25, 2009 3:49:44 AM

When i looked at slizone my psu wasnt listed for 8800 gts in sli but they have psu's that have a lower wattage than mine i know it would be risky but it seems like a durable psu and if i just leave my core 2 duo in there until i buy the quad core then id buy like a 800 watt psu
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