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Dual 8800 GT's or ATI 4870 1 gb ??

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April 27, 2009 5:30:58 PM

Essentially it's all in the title.
Which would be the better upgrade?
I have a Q6600 quad core cpu, 8 gig OCZ RAM, on a Gigabyte EP45 DQS mobo with currently a single 8800 GT.
Should I buy another 8800 GT and run in SLI or buy the 4870 1 gig version from Radeon??
Cheers for your help.
Andy

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a c 187 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 5:56:19 PM

I would not suggest either route.
It is true that twin 8800 in SLI will give good results, but the 8800 is getting old and SLI is not supported by all games so in games that do not support it the extra card will just be sitting idle while a single card struggles for performance.
The HD4870 is a fine card, but will block the SLI route later and although your rig is not the latest bleeding edge tech, it is far from the end of its useful life, particularly if you chose to overclock later.
I would suggest either a GTX260 or GTX275: They are as fast or faster than the HD4870 and still leave SLI open for further upgrades should the need arise.
a c 272 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 6:01:23 PM

Since when did that mobo support SLI?
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April 27, 2009 6:12:17 PM

Thanks for your replies.
Coozie; ok hadn't thought of that, will do some research although it may be better to go for an ATI card in view of my goof which mouse monkey has spotted....mobo supports crossfire not sli.
So with that in mind, given my spec, with a budget of approx £200 pounds which option is best??
Thanks again
a c 272 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 6:25:57 PM

ac3144 said:
Thanks for your replies.
Coozie; ok hadn't thought of that, will do some research although it may be better to go for an ATI card in view of my goof which mouse monkey has spotted....mobo supports crossfire not sli.
So with that in mind, given my spec, with a budget of approx £200 pounds which option is best??
Thanks again

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-Power-Color-HD-4890-PCI-E-20-(x16)-Mem-3900MHz-GDDR5-GPU-850MHz-2x-DL-DVI-I-HDTV or two lesser cards and sell the 8800GT, IMHO.
a c 187 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 6:46:27 PM

How I hate it when I make this kind of daft mistake. (note to self: poke pen into hand as punishment).
The Nvidia route clearly makes less sense, the very reason I suggested it in the first place was to leave options open for the future.
With that budget the chioce is most likely going to be the HD4890, it is coming down in price now and should be at or around 200 pounds online.
The HD4870 is not much slower than the HD4890 but can be found for 150 pounds or less, either would be a sound choice.
Check : CCL, Scan, Overclockers, Ebuyer, Misco, Pixmania and MicroDirect to start with.
a c 106 U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 7:59:16 PM

Yeah, too bad you're board doesn't support SLI. Two 8800Gts in SLI is a good way to go as it will show a good improvement in most games and will often surpass a single 4870, so long as SLI is supported.

Since you have a crossfire board I say go with a 4870 1GB or a 4890. If you need more performance then add another one later for crossfire.
May 6, 2009 12:21:43 PM

Thanks folks and don't push that pen in too hard Coozie please, I will feel somehow responsible.
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