I used to have a evga 7600 GS video card and i got 125 fps in this particular game, it never droped under 125. i upgraded to sli evga 8600 GTs and somehow my fps drops below 125 in the same game. i am aware the game does no take advantage of sli, however the 8600GT SHOULD out perform the 7600 GS in every thing possible. the game is Soldier of fortune 2 double helix, came out in 2002, in case it matters.
I have taken the cards out, reset them, ive tried just 1 card at a time to see if maybe one of the slots was bad, one of the cards was bad, or if i just did not sit in very good. nothing worked.
Ive updated the video card to the latest drivers, ive tried setting the quality to performance still did not help. im pretty sure i have them set up right, besides putting in the pci express slots i only had to attach a ribbon across the 2 cards, thats all it came with, all the motherboard book said to do. my power supply meets the minimum requirements
Sorry for the long post, im just trying to see if i did something wrong, if these cards suck that bad, any suggestions to try or fix before i get a gtx 260 and have these cards sitting around doing nothing. they perform fine for cod4, fps never drops, but that game takes advantage of sli. i just dont understand why 1 or 2 of these are worse than a 7600 on a game that came out in 2002.
8600gt's are bad gaming cards. they did worse than most 7 series cards in dx9 games. they added dx10 but since they can't produce enough frames in dx10, they are rather useless. i think only the 8600gts was somewhat functional as a gaming card. for nvidia, you need to have an 8800gt for 8 series gaming or a 9600gt which should be a little cheaper. or get a decent ati card which turbo points out.
A 7600 series card should and will wipe the floor with a 8 series card when playing a title from that long ago. The cards are designed very differantly with the 7 series card optimised to play the games from back then, or possably the game was optimised to the card. Either way the 8600 cards are as said designed to try and run a mixture of both DX9 and DX10 but unfortunatly dont have enough power for the DX10 titles and are designed badly for the older DX9/8 titles.
Why would you do that? Putting two low end cards in SLI is never worth it, you could have bought a HD4830 for the same price which would be at least twice as fast.
If it's only a specific game then maybe that game just doesn't play well with that card. Regardless get rid of the 8600GTs and buy a single decent card.
turboflame is right, putting 2 8600's in SLI is hardly much of an upgrade over a single 7600, believe it or not. The 8600's are very weak gaming cards. Take them back and get a single fast card. If you want to stick with nvidia, get a 9800, or a GTX 260 like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., or a 4850/4870. Any of these cards will give you over double the performance you are getting with your SLI'd 8600's.
I upgraded months and months ago, back when the 8800s first were out, i could not afford 2 of them so i went 1 model lower and got the 8600. i was just kinda on a budget. i cant take them back unfortunately.
so i have ASUS M3N-HD HDMI AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
however i had not even looked at ati cards. whats the best brand to go with? like nvidia i only used evga. i had a saphire before and it worked great for 4-5 years. my dad got a saphire and it would not even run with an asus motherboard.
plz suggest best card i can get for $200-$250 area, like the gtx 260 i picked was $260 thats fine
You broke the golden rule of SLI and Crossfire.
Never, ever buy 2 lowered tiered cards and put them in SLI or Crossfire thinking that they perform as well as a higher tier card. They will not.
If you want to Crossfire or SLI, you want highend cards.
If you cannot afford to buy both cards at once, that is fine, but you still must have enough money to buy a single highend card, and later put another one with it.
My advice is to look at the VGA charts on Tom's homepage. These cards all perform fairly evenly, but each one does stand out above the rest in certain games. Check to see which games you are playing, or planning on playing and pick the card that fits best with what you do.
ATI, Nvidia, or name brand REALLY DOES NOT MATTER as far as performance, (of course if you want to SLI something later, you must stick with Nvidia) looking at the specs for core speed, memory speed, etc. won't really tell you anything either. Look at the VGA charts. The only reason to buy a certain name brand over another is the warranty.
ATI and Nvidia both make excellent products, but it is not unusual to simply be unlucky and get a bad card.