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8800GTS OC in SLI or GTX260

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April 19, 2009 7:20:13 PM

Hi all

I don’t know if I have done the right thing but I have replaced my 2 x MSI 8800GTS 512mb overclocked SLI setup with a single GTX260 standard card. My first reaction after running 3DMark was oooopppsss! Mistake! Having said that the noise difference is very noticeable the single GTX260 is almost silent and runs at about 45deg as opposed to the 60+deg of the 8800's. I still have the 2 8800's sat in boxes waiting to be sold but I don’t know if I should just sell the 260? Power consumption is another question and I imagine that the SLI setup will take more out of the PSU although I have a 750watt PSU so that should be ok with either. One thing I did notice however, is that the single card seemed to have a better depth of colour to it and played my games as good as the SLI setup, or so it appeared. All things considered what should I do? Keep the 260 with maybe the option of adding a second at some point or just put the 2 8800's back in?

All advice gratefully received........as usual

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April 19, 2009 7:28:00 PM

Well since you can overclock the 260 quite a bit it should prove alot better then the sli setup in performance and heat...of course the toll on your psu will be lightened as well...

Would you pm me a price of what you would want for one of your 8800's?
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April 19, 2009 7:30:14 PM

2x8800GTS will perform better than a GTX285.

Since you already bought the GTX260, get another and sell your 8800GTS
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April 19, 2009 7:45:20 PM

It`s a close thing but I`d say you`ve made the right decision.
The SLI rig would give higher FPS but the new card has more memory, runs cooler and is quieter.
And, of course, your PSU should be able to handle 2 GTX260 in SLI. With prices dropping and with the sale of the 8800s` you might pick up a second for $100:) 
April 19, 2009 7:48:10 PM

coozie7 said:
It`s a close thing but I`d say you`ve made the right decision.
The SLI rig would give higher FPS but the new card has more memory, runs cooler and is quieter.
And, of course, your PSU should be able to handle 2 GTX260 in SLI. With prices dropping and with the sale of the 8800s` you might pick up a second for $100:) 

WHY do you always add a space when you use a ' ?

You definitely will be better off with a 260 gtx and you can sli when you need more power and you will have one dangerous system...
April 19, 2009 7:55:29 PM

I have a mate who is interested in one of the 8800's but I guess I will sell the other one, its the MSI 8800GTS 512mb overclocked edition and the specs are (as far as I can remember)

Core 730mhz
Mem 1944mhz
shader 1825mhz
Pixel Pipes 128

I dont know what this is worth as I cant find anywhere that sells them to get a rough idea, I will have to look on ebay unless anybody has a rough idea what it might be worth?
April 19, 2009 8:08:16 PM

Nice

Im a fan of MSI after grabbing my wind and gtx 260 they have proven to be a pretty decent company...

Il have to check out ebay's completed listings to get an idea if it would be for me as i was planning on waiting for the 4770 to go in this rig but i wouldn't mind a bit stronger card if it is stronger for close to the same price.......
April 19, 2009 8:27:32 PM

Put the 8800 GTS cards back in, set them to default at about 30% fan speed and you will get a lot better performance and it wont be much louder, if any.
April 19, 2009 8:49:45 PM

To be honest I had the cards running at 30% speed and they were far louder and hotter than the 260, only way to get the temps under or around 50deg, and that wasnt even under load, was to up the fan speed to 100% and that was like loud.
April 19, 2009 10:01:32 PM

What kind of case do you have? I built a system with 2 8800 GTS 512mbs in SLI and I slapped the fanspeed to 70% and they never went over 65c while OC'd 786 core and 1075 memory. Don't worry about the idle temps, they mean nothing. That card can run 24/7 at 80c and be fine, look at the 8800 GT.
April 20, 2009 3:16:48 AM

GTX 260 and later on down the line SLI THAT.
April 20, 2009 9:01:18 AM

Yes I think I agree with the majority, I will keep the 260 and flog the 8800's. Like people have said I can always add a second 260 at a later date, which I am sure will be even better than 2 x 8800's

Thanks for all the imput, most appreciated and if anyone interested in a 8800GTS then let me know, UK only, thanks.
April 20, 2009 3:23:36 PM

You could keep on of the 8800GTS' and use one as a physics card for now until you get another 260. I have your old setup and I havent found a reason to upgrade yet. I think I will wait for windows 7/Direct X 11 since I am not rich enough to upgrade every 3 months.
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