At the moment, I have a quadcore system (Q6600) with 4gb RAM, Vista Enterprise edition and an nVidia 8800GT 512mb graphics card.
I built this rig about 9 months ago and want to improve on it in the graphics department and would like to know what the best card would be.
Either, buying another 8800GT and SLI'ing them, (as 8800GT's are pretty cheap nowadays) or going for a GTX260. I want to know what the performance boost of each one would be and which one would be better value!
Interesting...... Part of me thinks, yes, it will be more powerful than a GeForce GTX260 as I remember the 9800GX2 always reigning in current benchmarks, and since the 9800GX2 is a slightly underclocked 8800GTS 512MB.....
Probably it's a bit weaker than that, but still more powerful than the GTX260.
I view the two solutions as somewhat comparable.
The differences will be minor, depending on the game, screen resolution, and eye candy.
Here is a good article with some comparisons. http://www.guru3d.com/category/vga_charts/
There are some cases with 9800GT-sli which should be comparable to 8800GT-sli. See where you fit.
The cheapest choice is probably to go 8800GT-sli. You should be able to pick up a second 8800GT on e-bay for <$100.
Conversely, you could sell your 8800GT and put the proceeds to a GTX260.
Personally, I like the single fast card route if it gets you to where you want to be. Some games do not respond to sli.
I think I would sell the old card and get a GTX260-216. Get the EVGA card just in case you might want to use their "step-up" programs within the next 90 days. New and better cards are arriving constantly.
hmmmm, well over here in the UK i could get a GTX260 for about £200 (~$400) so if i could get more or less the same power from SLI'ing my 8800GT then ill go for that! But im also interested in themyrmidon's opinion about thinking about the future.
What im currently thinking is, get the other 8800GT, sli'ing for about 6 months and by that time there will be a range of graphics cards far superior to the ones on the market at the moment, so going for the cheaper option right now may be better.
The games i play are, for example, Crysis, UT3, CoD4, Spore etc and i plan on getting Crysis Warhead soon so if the SLI 8800GT's will give me good fps ill go for that. I could sell my 8800GT and go for the GTX260 but i have attatched a zalman cooler onto it which i dont think is compatible with the GTX and i dont think id get much for the card since its 9 months old and ive tinkered with it.
$ for performance, add another +1 to the SLI 8800GT.
Unless your willing to move up to the GX280, or the 4870X2 then your really not going to see much of a difference between 2 8800GT's in SLI, and it will be a nice low cost, high performance band-aid until nVidia/Ati announce there next line up.