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April 6, 2009 10:03:57 PM

I'm running an 8800GT... And I'm wondering whether I should get another one for SLI or whether I should get a 9800GTX+. I'll be getting a 20" LCD monitor as well if that makes any difference. I haven't used an SLI machine before so I have no idea about any possible stability or compatibility issues. Can anyone tell me if it would be worth spending less for possibly more?

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April 6, 2009 10:15:49 PM

Get another 8800GT. It will be better than a single 9800GTX+... I have one SLI 8800GT and it's a very good set up.
April 6, 2009 10:24:13 PM

Thanks, just what I needed to hear. Have you ever had any problems with any games and stuff?
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April 7, 2009 12:31:48 AM

Nope. Not at all. Played UT3, Crysis, HL2, CoH, Spore, COD, FEAR2, WIC and many others without a glitch. I also had one 8800GT while I was playing in a 19" monitor and then when I upgraded to a 24" I added the second card willing to have the same performance of the 19" but now in a bigger screen. In a nutshell, this was what happened, except that in some games I got even better performance with the SLI in a 24" when compared to the single 8800GT in the 19" screen.

Just make sure that your PSU will handle the load, keep your drivers/games updated and make sure your new screen will have a resolution of 1680x1050 or higher... Just for testing when I run the SLI set up in my old monitor the benefit is not so nice when compared to the 24" monitor.

It's doing a such a nice job that I am having a very tough time in justifying an upgrade for now. Probably I will stick with it until something really revolutionary comes up (like a Dx11 card or something). And, even then I will still save one 8800GT just for Physx...

If you look the Tom's Buyers guide you will see that one of the top choices even for 1900x1200 is a pair of 9800GTX+ which, roughly, is what I have and you will have.
April 7, 2009 10:26:02 AM

I think I might get a 22" instead then lol. I heard that AA doesn't work as well with lower resolutions, can anyone testify this?
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2009 1:39:25 PM

I have 8800 GTS in SLI on 22" and love it for CoD4. I'd say go for the 22.
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2009 1:42:51 PM

The 9800GTX/GTX+ is a full tier above the 9800GT
April 7, 2009 2:01:34 PM

SLI on a 20" might be overkill. I always belived AA was made for lower resolutions.
a c 164 U Graphics card
April 7, 2009 3:03:33 PM

@PinkishBruno; AA works better with lower resoloutions, particularly on large, low resoloution displays like 720p TV for example where pixellation can really look bad without AA enabled.
April 7, 2009 3:23:57 PM

I meant FPS-wise, not quality-wise. I understand that somehow performance degrades with a lower resolution?
a c 164 U Graphics card
April 7, 2009 3:50:56 PM

@ PinkishBruno; You have the right idea, just the wrong way round, AA costs more performance the higher the resoloution it is applied to, because the card has to apply it to more pixels.
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