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December 15, 2008 4:28:46 PM

Help,

Which is better to run SLI for gaming? I have one of each video cards and I need to make a choice which one to run in SLI.

8800GT 512

9600GT 512

9600GSO 768

Any comments would be highly be helpful thanks!
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December 15, 2008 5:16:48 PM

8800 GT SLI (512MB) with CoD4 1.6 shows 153FPS
1280x1024 4xAA, 8xAF, max Quality

9600 GT SLI (512MB) with CoD4 1.6 shows 127FPS
1280x1024 4xAA, 8xAF, max Quality

Generally speaking, the 8800GT/9800GT is faster than the 9600GT anyhow. So I'd be prone to going that route if you're ultimate goal is to get as many FPS as possible in all games.

However, if you're goal is simply to run CoD4 really well, both of those cards in SLI are going to blow CoD4 out of the water. 127FPS vs 153FPS is a difference in performance, but not one your eyes will be able to see.

Now, switch to Farcry 2 or Crysis, and there may be more case for going with the faster card.
December 15, 2008 5:31:03 PM

for better/future games you will want the SLI 8800GT's. so i would get the 8800GT even though your only playing CoD4, you may find a game in the future that you might like and the 8800GT SLI will give you better performance. crysis is a great first person shooter you should try it.
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December 15, 2008 5:50:51 PM

SLI 8800GT
December 15, 2008 6:16:30 PM

8800GT is faster than 9600GT, only in a few games at very high resolutions the 9600GT is slightly faster than the 9800GT, but usually at that point those game is no longer playable in neither of the cards.
The 8800GT scales very well in SLI, it´s actually very similar to the 2 cards packet together in 9800GX2.
With that said I own 2 8800GT in SLI, and they can easily overclock to 700MHz core 1800MHz shaders.
I´m not familiar with 9600GT overclocking capabilities.
But I can easily recommend the 8800GT SLI configuration.
December 15, 2008 6:23:10 PM

The 9600GT that is faster at high resolution is the 1 GB version, I forgot to specify that.
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December 15, 2008 6:33:38 PM

8800GT.
December 15, 2008 9:44:58 PM

Thanks for the info. I do play a lot of different game, but I was short on time earlier. I also play world in conflict, sims 2, C&C 3, battlefield 2 & 2142, Starcaft 2 when it comes out! An maybe Diablo 3..


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How well does SLI work on XPS 630?

I have seen some forums that the mobo 650i isnt the best?
December 15, 2008 10:41:24 PM

8800GT owns a 9600GT as it is... sli'ing them over sli'd 9600GT's further opens the gap... theres really no comparison.
December 15, 2008 10:45:24 PM

ohhhh man, i have a XPS 630i (check my pic under my name, GO GATORS!) and i totally striped everything that dell put in it and put my own parts in. you are correct about the mobo, it SUCKS!!. when i ordered my XPS 630 back in september i had SLI 9800GT and it worked very well but then later on i started getting into cpu/gpu overclocking and the stock dell 650i mobo has little to no overclocking capabilities whatsoever. if you have any of the Q9xxx cpu's you cannot overclock 1 MHz without the system not posting afterward. as for gpu overclocking, it did it but was unstable most of the time. so i definitely recommend you replace that mobo for something better. ill list what the XPS 630i has stock vs. what i did to mine:

Dell Stock XPS 630i:
Intel Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
Dell crippled nVidia 650i SLI mobo
2GB DDR2 Dual-Channel
SLI 9800GT (actually only comes with a single 9800GT, you have to choose SLI 9800GT)
320GB HDD
DVD-RW Burner
750W Dell PSU

My XPS 630i:
Q9300 @ 2.5GHz overclocked to 3.2GHz (this is the cpu that i ordered originally)
EVGA 780i SLI mobo
OCZ SLI-Ready Ram DDR2 Dual-Channel
SLI GTX 260-216
3200GB HDD (i kept this)
DVD-RW Burner (i kept this)
750W Dell PSU (i kept this)

as you see pretty much the only thing(s) worth keeping are the HDD, DVD, PSU, and CPU (if you like yours). so please save yourself some headache and at least replace the mobo, i recommend no less than a 680i SLI if you plan to overclock and stay stable. i hope this helps because i was very upset that i bought as pc that was advertised as being overclockable but getting a smack in the face. i paid $2000 for it and it doesnt give what i was told until i replaced things. i believe for $2000, this pc should come with the parts i used or pretty close to it (maybe lose one of the GTX 260 to make it right). but thats what i get for ordering a Dell. i will never buy another pc. i have just recently made a wish list for my next pc build and it FAR surpasses my XPS 630 and would only cost about $1300-$1500. Good Luck and like i said replace the mobo AT LEAST.
December 15, 2008 11:03:35 PM

^why didnt you just build it yourself then... who wants a dell badge anyway? i would cry if one of them was on the front of my pc..

lol and dont keep some crappy underpowered Dell PSU which probably has proprietary cables...
December 16, 2008 12:40:24 AM

because at the time i was a n00b to the gaming pc world and no knowledge of anything. but now 3-4 months, after posting on these forums and serching the internet, cramming all the new info in i now see that originally it was a rip off but i learned and took my new pc knowledge and upgraded the pc to be an excellent performer.
December 16, 2008 3:14:00 AM

To OP: 8800gt SLI on a XPS 630 works just great!

to V3NOM and Coop. I actually own a xps630i myself. My step brother works for them and i saved 25%. It's actually the first time i dont build myself.

Anyways. The dell 750w PSU is actually very good. I was very surprised. It's very quiet and very cool. 2x 12v Rails and 52 Amps i think. Very stable. (It looks great also hehe)
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a c 169 U Graphics card
December 16, 2008 5:04:00 AM

theblade said:
The 9600GT that is faster at high resolution is the 1 GB version, I forgot to specify that.


No,8800GT 512 is faster than 9600GT 512/1GB in every game/resolution.
December 16, 2008 5:21:20 AM

none of those cards show any benefit with 1 gig anyway..
December 16, 2008 1:01:31 PM

xxcoop42xx said:


Dell Stock XPS 630i:
Intel Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
Dell crippled nVidia 650i SLI mobo
2GB DDR2 Dual-Channel
SLI 9800GT (actually only comes with a single 9800GT, you have to choose SLI 9800GT)
320GB HDD
DVD-RW Burner
750W Dell PSU

My XPS 630i:
Q9300 @ 2.5GHz overclocked to 3.2GHz (this is the cpu that i ordered originally)
EVGA 780i SLI mobo
OCZ SLI-Ready Ram DDR2 Dual-Channel
SLI GTX 260-216
3200GB HDD (i kept this)
DVD-RW Burner (i kept this)
750W Dell PSU (i kept this)

.


Thank XXCOOP,

This is some of the information I was wondering. I will change out the mobo when I get some extra cash. The XPS that I bought is almost the same set up as your old one:

Intel Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
Dell nVidia 650i SLI mobo
4GB DDR2 Dual-Channel
Nvidia 8800GT
500GB HDD
DVD-RW Burner
750W Dell PSU
Win XP

December 16, 2008 3:04:23 PM

Huttfuzz said:
To OP: 8800gt SLI on a XPS 630 works just great!

to V3NOM and Coop. I actually own a xps630i myself. My step brother works for them and i saved 25%. It's actually the first time i dont build myself.

Anyways. The dell 750w PSU is actually very good. I was very surprised. It's very quiet and very cool. 2x 12v Rails and 52 Amps i think. Very stable. (It looks great also hehe)


i know thats why i kept it, but my psu has 4 +12V rails and has a total of 60 Amps
December 16, 2008 3:08:49 PM

Cypressstreet said:
Thank XXCOOP,

This is some of the information I was wondering. I will change out the mobo when I get some extra cash. The XPS that I bought is almost the same set up as your old one:

Intel Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
Dell nVidia 650i SLI mobo
4GB DDR2 Dual-Channel
Nvidia 8800GT
500GB HDD
DVD-RW Burner
750W Dell PSU
Win XP


good, because the 650I SLI will just piss you off because it sucks so bad. also this is VERY IMPORTANT, when you change the mobo you also need to change the cpu cooler, the stock cpu cooler is one you screw on and when you replace the mobo the holes will not line up with the bracket thats under the mobo. so take out the bracket when you take out/change your mobo and get a cpu cooler that uses the push pins. i bought the Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro for under $20 on newegg.
December 16, 2008 4:03:45 PM

yea, 1GB of GDDR3 is a gimmick. It works with GDDR5 because of high clockspeeds, but on 8xxx/9xxx cards, the second 512MB goes to waste.
December 16, 2008 8:36:33 PM

xxcoop42xx said:
i know thats why i kept it, but my psu has 4 +12V rails and has a total of 60 Amps


Yeah that's it, i just wasn't home so i couldn't check for sure. Surprisingly good PSU.

Otherwise, i like the Dell 650i for one thing. You can put EITHER SLI or Crossfire in it. A thing you wont see anywhere else! (Except X58 chipset i guess.)
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