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Looking to upgrade from 8800GTX SLI

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August 26, 2009 3:47:59 PM

Hi, I have a q6600 clocked at 3.1ghz and two 8800GTX's in SLI and am thinking about upgrading to something faster.
My board only supports SLI. No problems with buying a single ATI card though.
Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 3:51:51 PM

get a single 275 or 4890 both would be better then 2 8800
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 3:55:13 PM

I agree.... you can also get dual 260's and obliterate anything you throw at it.....
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August 26, 2009 4:00:04 PM

Or you can wait a few more months and get the DX11 monster cards.
August 26, 2009 4:48:28 PM

I game at 1920x1200, dont really want to ever run lower than that because thats my monitors native resolution.
I was looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and running them in sli.
I want the extra video ram because I mostly play games with mods that use much higher texture resolutions than what comes with the game. (Oblivion, yeah I know its old but still fun. Fallout3)
The only thing i'm worried about is if my CPU is fast enough to feed the cards.
Or for the same money would I get better performance with a single card?
My budget is probably limited to $600(US).
My power supply is strong 650W that is working fine powering both 8800gtxs.
No more overclock room on the CPU, unfortunately I'm one of the people who has a chip that simply wont reach 4ghz.
With that extra information does this change anyones opinions?
You help has been appreciated.
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 4:52:55 PM

noxley said:
I game at 1920x1200, dont really want to ever run lower than that because thats my monitors native resolution.
I was looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and running them in sli.
I want the extra video ram because I mostly play games with mods that use much higher texture resolutions than what comes with the game. (Oblivion, yeah I know its old but still fun. Fallout3)
The only thing i'm worried about is if my CPU is fast enough to feed the cards.
Or for the same money would I get better performance with a single card?
My budget is probably limited to $600(US).
My power supply is strong 650W that is working fine powering both 8800gtxs.
No more overclock room on the CPU, unfortunately I'm one of the people who has a chip that simply wont reach 4ghz.
With that extra information does this change anyones opinions?
You help has been appreciated.


Stay away from those MSI 260's...... they are quite powerfull but not reliable and if you read the reviews you will see they are kinda on the flimsy side..... the extra memory is useless.... maybe a 3% performance gain but thats about it.....

These are alot cheaper and more reliable....

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 26, 2009 5:10:30 PM

OvrClkr said:
Stay away from those MSI 260's...... they are quite powerfull but not reliable and if you read the reviews you will see they are kinda on the flimsy side..... the extra memory is useless.... maybe a 3% performance gain but thats about it.....

These are alot cheaper and more reliable....

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How about this card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So even when playing games with higher than normal texture resolutions would the increased clock speed for the card be better than the extra ram?
Thanks.
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 5:18:23 PM

obsidian86 said:
get a single 275 or 4890 both would be better then 2 8800

Negative.

Two 8800GTXs in Sli is equivalent to 2x4770s in Xfire. That would make it slightly better than a GTX285. Getting a single GTX275 or 4890 would be a downgrade.

noxley said:
How about this card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So even when playing games with higher than normal texture resolutions would the increased clock speed for the card be better than the extra ram?
Thanks.


1. GTX260 can't use 1800mb of RAM
2. Yes, increased clock speeds is better for extra RAM. Or just get the cheaper XFX version and OC yourself
3. I don't suggest you upgrade at all, because replacing two 8800GTXs with a single GTX260 is a downgrade.

2x8800GTXs in SLi >/~ GTX285 ~ 2x8800GTs in SLi > GTX275 > GTX260

4. You can get two GTX260s, but you should just wait for ATI's dx11 5000 series cards that comes out in 2 months.
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 5:18:42 PM

as far as gaming goes you will not need more than 2 GTX 260's....

the increased clock speed will not give you a night n day difference.... you can always overclock the card and get some more oomphhh out of it but don't be fooled by the statement "superclocked"... that's just a way of luring in the customer to buy something more expensive when the fact is that you can achieve those same speeds on a similar, cheaper 260 (216) ....
August 26, 2009 6:12:03 PM

So just stay with what I got?
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 6:26:07 PM

IMO you would rather benefit by waiting for the new cards to come out.... the prices on current cards will drop and you will have more options as to what is best for your needs.....
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2009 7:47:24 PM

obsidian86 said:
get a single 275 or 4890 both would be better then 2 8800



Nope!
August 26, 2009 11:12:50 PM

You sir, DO NOT need to upgrade....yet!

8800GTXs in SLI wen overclocked will hands down beat all of the top end cards out there EXEPT the dual cards (GTX 295 and 4870X2).

This is the reason i still have my 8800GTS' in SLi still, i get same results as a gtx280 wen overclocked.

I would wait until the New cards come out then see... I'd say you still set for another yr or so.
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