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Upgrading 8800GTX

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January 10, 2009 12:04:34 AM

I am currently running an 8800GTX. I have 2 upgrade options. 1st is to add another 8800GTX to run in SLI mode. 2nd is to sell the current 8800GTX and buy a GTX280/285.

Which path is better, in terms of performance? 8800GTX SLI vs GTX280/285 basically. And just about how much % or framerate difference between them (at 1920 x 1200 with a little AA/AF)?

(In terms of cost, I can get a good quality 2nd hand 8800GTX from my friend for about US$100. Or, I can sell mine to him for the same amount and use the proceeds to help buying a GTX280/285.)

Any comment on my situation is welcome. :wahoo: 

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January 10, 2009 12:17:21 AM

Do you mean the gtx295? http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-295-review-bf...

A 8800gtx sli beats a single gtx280 if memory serves me correct. For 100 dollars that's not a bad upgrade if you have the mobo and psu to run it.

But if you meant the gtx295, then that will perform the best.
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January 10, 2009 12:19:19 AM

You might want to look at this article which has a bunch of comparisons, and see where you fit.

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

In theory, 8800GTX sli might be better, but I think I would go with the single fast card. Some games do not scale well with multiple gpu's. The larger memory on the gtx280/285 will serve you well at 1920.
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January 10, 2009 1:33:40 AM

nerdnic said:
Do you mean the gtx295? http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-295-review-bf...

A 8800gtx sli beats a single gtx280 if memory serves me correct. For 100 dollars that's not a bad upgrade if you have the mobo and psu to run it.

But if you meant the gtx295, then that will perform the best.


no he meant the GTX 285, its a GTX 280 55nm
January 10, 2009 6:57:03 AM

Right. The shrink.
January 10, 2009 7:13:25 AM

look at that chart of benchmarks, are they running default settings on 3dmark 06? highest being 16k, one gtx 260 getting 19k here, what gives...


Quote of the day: "pardon me while i use the restoom, i have to take an AMD"
January 10, 2009 10:07:46 AM

I really mean the 285/280 (not the 295).

I cant find any direct comparison benchmark between 8800GTX SLI vs 280/285 but from what I can gather, it seems that the 2 options perform roughly the same (285 might have a slighly higher min fps).

While two 8800GTXs will produce relatively more noise/heat, but I only need to spend $100 to reach 8800GTX SLI vs having to spend $275 to get a GTX285 (current retail price of GTX285 is about $375 and minus the $100 that I will get by selling my 8800GTX).

Since both options perform just about the same and option A (8800GTX SLI) is cheaper, I should get a 2nd 8800GTX. Make sense?
January 10, 2009 10:26:52 AM

For $100, if you can find an 8800GTX, that would be a nice upgrade. As far as being current, (directX versions, mobo interface, DDR3, DDR5, etc.) you'd think they would be good for a good while yet. That's the only thing I would consider.

I don't know what platform you are running, but saying you wanted to upgrade that sometime in the not too distant future, would the 8800's move into that platform upgrade effectively, or would you be better off moving one 285, and adding another? At that point, would you be stepping beyond a 285? Why am I asking so many questions?
January 10, 2009 10:34:18 AM

+1 For another 8800GTX @ $100. For the money, I don't see how you can go wrong, as long as your PSU can supply enough juice for both of them!
January 11, 2009 1:18:38 PM

Its a shame we arent rich.
Getting the 285 and keeping the gtx for a physx card with all of the eye candy it would provides sound appealing.
Isnt dreaming fun?
January 12, 2009 1:36:25 AM

pat mcgroin said:
Its a shame we arent rich.
Getting the 285 and keeping the gtx for a physx card with all of the eye candy it would provides sound appealing.
Isnt dreaming fun?


Only until you realize that it won't happen, then it sucks =(

another vote for the 8800 gtx
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