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January 13, 2009 10:22:51 PM

hi all i have a bfg 8800 gt oc .. i was planning on going SLI on that card the thing is can i use xfx 8800 gt oc or even any other made like eVGA as long as they both have the same specs. the reason im asking is cuz i cant find bfg any more . nad if there is its like over priced .. plz help . thx in advance.

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January 14, 2009 12:17:26 AM

No, the two cards don't need to be made by the same manufacturer as long as they have the same specs, however, personally, I think you would be better off buying a 9800 than SLIing two 8800s at this point. They're pretty close in price, and the 8800 is really on its way out.
January 14, 2009 12:54:37 AM

I'd get the second 8800 - a pair of 8800 GTs will flatten anything in the 9800 series, and in fact will even best the GTX 200 series in many cases.
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January 14, 2009 2:34:37 AM

I have nothing new to say other than combining what the other two already said. They do not need to be the same manufacturer, but if they have different clock speeds then both cards will default to the lower card's speed. You can still try overclocking both of them back up though. The 8800 gt sli is (still) a surprisingly powerful force to be reckoned with and will destroy any 9800 series card. This is mainly due to the fact that the 9800 series are basically the 8800 series with a different name.
a b Î Nvidia
January 14, 2009 8:20:15 AM

what resolution do u play at ?
January 14, 2009 9:55:52 AM

i play most of the time on 1280X1024
a b Î Nvidia
January 14, 2009 1:42:03 PM

Then u wont benefit much from SLI,is there any games that your 8800GT cant handle at that resolution ?
January 15, 2009 6:19:32 PM

Hi, as has been previously stated, you dont need the same manufacturer to run your cards in SLI. I was running a Zotac 8800GTS 512 AMP and an MSI 8800GTS 512 OC with no trouble at all. I also found that in Vista the lower spec card (Zotac) was actually raised to meet that of the MSI card. I really noticed a difference in benchmarks, all be it in 3DMArk 03 going from around 25000 to a whopping 60000 in SLI........cool!
January 15, 2009 10:34:19 PM

thanx guys for ur help .. but i just wanted to know in that case which is better 2x 8800gt in sli mode or 1x 280 gtx..
January 16, 2009 6:12:02 AM

i would go for the 280gtx as on some of the charts on this website show that it beats the 8800gt's in sli but either decision would still mean that you would have a strong gpu

also what psu do you have?

and also again is it possible to have a 512mb 8800gt and a 1024mb 8800gt in sli?
a b Î Nvidia
January 16, 2009 6:49:07 AM

Did u read my post ? i said for that resolution u wont benefit from SLI,so u wont see the real power of SLI in that resolution.so 1 GTX 280 is a better option but its way overkill for that res.

Also yes its possible to have 512MB 8800GT and a 1GB 8800GT but in SLI,u will have 512MB Memory(The 1GB version will use half of its memory when paired with the 512MB version)
January 16, 2009 9:47:19 AM

Maziar said:
.so 1 GTX 280 is a better option but its way overkill for that res.
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sry for my noobish questions but what do u mean by over kill . is that res too much for the gtx or u mean that its a waste of the card to use it with that res.?? thax again
January 16, 2009 1:54:52 PM

For the nay-sayers for 8800GT SLi at 1280x1024 - this is exactly what I have with a 3.4Ghz quad and the difference is very noticable. Crysis in VHQ with 2xAA at 35-60fps for one. CMR Dirt in ultra with 4xAA an unwavering 60fps. Grid in ultra with 8xCSAA and no-slowdown in the dark, and pretty much any other game you can throw at in constant smooth fps - worth it!
To the OP get another GT (or a GTX260+) if you play these games as it WILL make a noticable difference - and then you can by a 1650x1050 monitor (my next purchase!) and know you have the horsepower to run it! :) 
a b Î Nvidia
January 16, 2009 1:57:53 PM

Its a waste to buy the GTX 280 for that resolution,because for 1280x1024 a single HD 4850 can handle the job with no problems and there is no need for GTX 280 or SLI.

dont talk like that,asking is not noobish,u have to ask to learn mate :) 
January 16, 2009 2:14:24 PM

I would agree a 280GTX is probably overkill - but what about a 260 or the GTs in SLi? Depends what you're playing really. For instance if he picks up GTA IV then the extra Vram on the 260 will mean he can use high-res texures and higher than 40 view distance. Crysis would certainly benefit from either upgrade at that resolution and he will be able to max it out and play with AA.
Sure it might not be full use of the card(s) in all games but the point is it would provide a definite improvement over his single GT. Ok a 260GTX would be a pricey one but if he can pick up another GT cheap second hand I defintely think that'd be worth it, and leave the option to go to a bigger panel and be able to run it.
a c 171 Î Nvidia
January 16, 2009 5:42:43 PM

gonesy said:
Hi, as has been previously stated, you dont need the same manufacturer to run your cards in SLI. I was running a Zotac 8800GTS 512 AMP and an MSI 8800GTS 512 OC with no trouble at all. I also found that in Vista the lower spec card (Zotac) was actually raised to meet that of the MSI card. I really noticed a difference in benchmarks, all be it in 3DMArk 03 going from around 25000 to a whopping 60000 in SLI........cool!

Glad to see someone else had that 'weirdness' happen, when I mentioned that about my 7900's a while back it raised a few eyebrows.
a b Î Nvidia
January 16, 2009 6:08:47 PM

yeah and i included in the FAQ too :D  but its very strange
a c 171 Î Nvidia
January 16, 2009 6:41:32 PM

An original 'strange but true' methinks :) 
a b Î Nvidia
January 16, 2009 6:46:25 PM

right,lots of exceptions in hardware world :) 
a c 171 Î Nvidia
January 16, 2009 7:16:16 PM

I cannot help but wonder what oddness will occur as people start to 'mix & match' cards on the X58 platform.
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