9800GTX Sli for Crysis?

Hi guys, I'm contemplating on whether or not I should get another 9800GTX for SLi. (buying used for $120-130)

I currently have 1 9800GTX, and play it on mostly very high (2-3 settings on high, the rest VH), with a somewhat playable fps of 25-30 average - usually upper 20s or lower 30s. I'm playing it on a medium/medium-lowish resolution of 1280x1024.

I don't think I'll get a GTX260, since that's $200 (or about $150-$160 used) since it's more expensive then getting another 9800GTX and I'm not sure my PSU can handle it (zalman 750watt).

Is it worth it to get another 9800 or should I just stick with what I have? I really want to play Crysis with that ultra high mod I've seen on the incrysis forums. ^_^


EDIT: Actually, since the 4870 will drop down to $150, will the 9800GTX/GTX+ price drop as well?
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  1. Yeah... prices will drop within 2 weeks..
    9800GTX SLi is good. It consumes lot of Power and dissipates lots of heat compared to 9800GTX+ SLi.
  2. If your PSU can handle a pair of 9800GTX in SLI it should be able to handle ONE GTX260.
  3. GTX260(216 core) is a good choice...
  4. romulus47plus1 said:
    If your PSU can handle a pair of 9800GTX in SLI it should be able to handle ONE GTX260.


    Well 2x9800GTX outperforms a GTX280 by a nice margin, so it'll leave a single GTX260 in the dust.
  5. I bought myself a 780i mobo for $220 that can't run crossfire...gawddamn. What a waste, when I could've gotten an equally good crossfire mobo for $150. Now they're just rebranding the G92 series instead of massive price cuts like ATI is doing... Nvidia be screwing me over! >_<
  6. I have 8800GTs in SLi and on my old 1280x1024 monitor I could run that VHQ mod with about 40-60fps no AA, 25-50fps with 2xAA so I reckon 9800GTXs should be good for VHQ 4xAA smooth as silk.
  7. Bluescreendeath said:
    I bought myself a 780i mobo for $220 that can't run crossfire...gawddamn. What a waste, when I could've gotten an equally good crossfire mobo for $150. Now they're just rebranding the G92 series instead of massive price cuts like ATI is doing... Nvidia be screwing me over! >_<


    Btw, can a Zalman750 run two GTX260s in SLi?


    Yes its true what Nvidia is doing. Honestly though the performance of 9800gtx or 9800+gtx is very close to par with a 4870 (depending on which games) so its really not that bad.

    I upgraded from an old 8800640 GTS to a 4870 when they were first released and the difference was pretty big, first time being in the ati camp since the Rage lol.
  8. MMclachlan said:
    I have 8800GTs in SLi and on my old 1280x1024 monitor I could run that VHQ mod with about 40-60fps no AA, 25-50fps with 2xAA so I reckon 9800GTXs should be good for VHQ 4xAA smooth as silk.

    k thxs

    Anonymous said:
    Yes its true what Nvidia is doing. Honestly though the performance of 9800gtx or 9800+gtx is very close to par with a 4870 (depending on which games) so its really not that bad.
    I upgraded from an old 8800640 GTS to a 4870 when they were first released and the difference was pretty big, first time being in the ati camp since the Rage lol.

    You mean the 4850 right? Cuz I believe the 4870 is on par with the GTX260.

    I'm just sad that I overpaid for the Nvidia GPU and SLi mobo a couple months back, and now all their stuff is turning to crap while ATI is moving up the ladder. =/
  9. Btw, can a Zalman750 run two GTX260s in SLi?

    Efficiency Up to 86% @ 230VAC, Full & Typical Load
    Energy-Efficient 80 PLUS Certified
    Over Voltage Protection Yes
    Overload Protection Yes
    Input Voltage 100 - 240 V
    Input Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
    Input Current 12 - 5.5A
    Output +3.3V@30A,+5V@30A,+12V1@20A,+12V2@20A,
    +12V3@20A,+12V4@20A,-12V@0.8A,+5VSB@2.5A


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379006
  10. To answer your question about the PSU check out this link.

    http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power
  11. Yes that psu can run 2 gtx260 in sli but you need a molex to pcie 6pin adapter usually they come with the graphic card.
  12. Bluescreendeath said:
    Hi guys, I'm contemplating on whether or not I should get another 9800GTX for SLi. (buying used for $120-130)

    I currently have 1 9800GTX, and play it on mostly very high (2-3 settings on high, the rest VH), with a somewhat playable fps of 25-30 average - usually upper 20s or lower 30s. I'm playing it on a medium/medium-lowish resolution of 1280x1024.

    I don't think I'll get a GTX260, since that's $200 (or about $150-$160 used) since it's more expensive then getting another 9800GTX and I'm not sure my PSU can handle it (zalman 750watt).

    Is it worth it to get another 9800 or should I just stick with what I have? I really want to play Crysis with that ultra high mod I've seen on the incrysis forums. ^_^


    EDIT: Actually, since the 4870 will drop down to $150, will the 9800GTX/GTX+ price drop as well?


    Personally I'd wait for a single card solution to play Crysis at Ultra. Crysis was intended to last a long time with regards to gpu's being able to play it in all its glory. Adding another card in SLI might get you somewhat closer, but it will be overshadowed by new GPU releases within 6 months.

    My 2 cents.
  13. ^ Yeh, but that's after rebates. I've been waiting for my corsair memory rebate for 3 months and it still hasn't come yet. =/

    If my PSU can handle GTX260 SLi without problems or shortening its life span, I'll probably sell my 9800GTX and get a 260 now, and another in the future - that's if Nvidia lowers the price in response to the ATI price cuts.

    I'm mainly favoring SLi right now since my mobo is an evga 780i and is basically designed for SLi. If Nvidia doesn't slash prices, I might think of selling my GPU, ditching em, and getting a 4870.
  14. btw, anyone know when the 4870 price drop is occurring? I'm checking newegg and nothing has happened yet.
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