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Worth Upgrading My SLI 8800GT's?

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November 11, 2008 4:12:41 PM

I have 2 XFX 8800GT's running in SLI.

I called a few places. The Tiger Direct tech told me to get 2 9800 GTX+ cards. The BFG guy told me to get 2 GTX260 cards. The eVGA guy told me to get 1 GTX280 card. Obviously those are very different opinions.

I'll be honest, I've pretty much ignored the video card market after I got my 8800's, so I'm confused here. Are any of those recommendations worth the cost-to-performance upgrade?????
November 11, 2008 4:34:38 PM

Well 2 8800gt perform about the same as a 9800gx2 and most of the time it beats the gtx280, so upgrading is a bit unnecessary unless you have a f* high resolution screen or want the best regardless of cost or benefit
November 11, 2008 4:34:44 PM

two 8800gt are better than 280gtx so why upgrade?

just save up and wait when next series of cards come out
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November 11, 2008 4:35:05 PM

The 8800GT works great in SLI, i'd see no reason to upgrade unless you're having problems. Spending $400+ to get an extra few FPS just doesn't make any sense. This article shows quite a few different benchmarks including the 8800GT in SLI, it is a bit dated at 4 months so it doesn't include the newest drivers, but frankly i'd tell the tiger direct and evga guys to go spit up a rope. Yes, the SLI GTX260s would be an improvement, but would it be worth it?
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341
November 11, 2008 4:35:32 PM

O and a 4870x2 blows all of those cards away. Nvidia isnt as good as they were
November 11, 2008 5:46:55 PM

Thanks for the input guys. Even after looking at the latest vga charts on here, you're right.....there isn't a logical reason to blow $400+ on new cards. I just had the "must buy the newest card" bug.
November 11, 2008 7:19:23 PM

Heya,

Keep your SLI'd 8800gt's. There's zero reason to upgrade beyond them yet. Not even for the 4870x2. Your 8800gt's are still one of the best cards you can get, years later. And at their lower cost, it's absolutely silly to get something that costs more than doesn't even perform as well (no single geforce card what so ever outperforms two 8800gt's in SLI). And frankly, ATI has one card that outperforms them, the 4870x2. Big whoop. Save your $500.

Cheers,
November 11, 2008 8:11:39 PM

Unless your going for 2xGTX280 your wasting your time and money. 8800GT in SLI is the best bang for your buck nVidia multi-GPU setup out there.

Also, the moron at TigerDirect really wanted to rape you. The 9800s are 8800s with a new sticker and (in limited cases) a die shrink. You MIGHT have gained 2-5 FPS with the SLI 9800GTX cards. Thats part of why I dont like TigerDirect, while theyve never shafted me, everytime I visit the site I get the feeling I should be getting ready to grab my ankles.
November 11, 2008 8:59:04 PM

B-Unit said:
Unless your going for 2xGTX280 your wasting your time and money. 8800GT in SLI is the best bang for your buck nVidia multi-GPU setup out there.

Also, the moron at TigerDirect really wanted to rape you. The 9800s are 8800s with a new sticker and (in limited cases) a die shrink. You MIGHT have gained 2-5 FPS with the SLI 9800GTX cards. Thats part of why I dont like TigerDirect, while theyve never shafted me, everytime I visit the site I get the feeling I should be getting ready to grab my ankles.


There's always quad sli 9800gx2, at $275 each for the factory oced version:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Performance of stock quad 9800gx2s:

http://www.guru3d.com/category/call_duty_4_pc/

Mind the power consumption... and the heat... and the noise. :whistle: 
November 15, 2008 7:52:06 PM

After reading around the net more & looking at the vga charts on here, I'm glad I didn't blow $$$ on a GTX 280. It looks like Nvidia will be pumping out even more new cards in the next couple months anyway.

Instead, I bought a 24" Sceptre X24WG-NAGA lcd (which looks beautiful btw!), Sony Optiarc blu-ray rom drive and an Antec 850W power supply.....all for a little over $500.00. Now that I think is more of a "real" upgrade for the money, rather than a getting few more fps out of games. :D 
November 15, 2008 8:36:12 PM

Nice cherry picking dagger :p  COD4 is one of the very few games that actually scale on Quad GPUs. Anyway, don't upgrade, just wait until next gen if you must get something new.
November 15, 2008 10:23:19 PM

emp said:
Nice cherry picking dagger :p  COD4 is one of the very few games that actually scale on Quad GPUs. Anyway, don't upgrade, just wait until next gen if you must get something new.


It's from the guru3d chart, which was linked. Only a handful of charts includes the rare quad setup, here are the others.






November 16, 2008 12:42:05 AM

Aw come on, you and I know both that Quad GPU setups are just not there yet, even Tri-SLI are beyond that point of diminishing returns. At this stage I would only recommend a dual card/GPU setup to someone looking for high end performance without breaking the bank (too much).

To make myself clear, 9800GX2 is very good value, 2x 9800GX2... not so much.
November 16, 2008 12:58:20 AM

emp said:
Aw come on, you and I know both that Quad GPU setups are just not there yet, even Tri-SLI are beyond that point of diminishing returns. At this stage I would only recommend a dual card/GPU setup to someone looking for high end performance without breaking the bank (too much).

To make myself clear, 9800GX2 is very good value, 2x 9800GX2... not so much.


It's still far better value than getting 2 gtx280s for $800+. Gtx280 is bad value no matter how many you use. :p 
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