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Time to upgrade? 8800gt sli

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October 4, 2009 3:32:42 PM

Hey guys!!!

So here is my current set up.

Quad core q6600 2.4 w/ 8gb ram and 2x evga superclock edition 8800gt 512mb cards.

I just picked up nvidia 3d vision glasses w/ monitor.

Noticing that it plays most games fine but recent ones are laggy.

I want to know what kind of a performance gain I will see by switching out these 2 cards for 1 gtx 274 896mb. I can get the evga one for 275 delivered cdn. But I really don't want to spend money if I'm not getting much improvement. I haven't really kept up with current trends so am looking for advice on how to proceed.

Who knows maybe my CPU will be a bottleneck.

Let me know guys!

Many thanks!
a c 271 U Graphics card
October 4, 2009 3:36:19 PM

2x 8800GT's are so close to one GTX275 according to the benchies that you may need two I reckon to be able to see any real benefit.
October 4, 2009 4:21:57 PM

Really? Cool thanks. I couldn't find any charts of 8800gt in sli only single 8800gt. And I read somewhere that 8800 gt sli is same as single 8800 ultra so I was kind of going by that. Shoot me some links if you have.

Also what you think of the CPU/ ram...
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October 4, 2009 6:15:49 PM

8800gt is sli is basically a 9800gx2, which is 1 frame worse then a gtx 280 in most cases which is very comparable to a gtx 275. Just make sure you can support the power consumption.
October 4, 2009 6:21:03 PM

I'll take your 8800GT's from you :)  Thinking on selling them?
October 4, 2009 6:22:03 PM

I have one i'm trying to sell :) . Evga 8800gt 512mb
October 4, 2009 7:15:24 PM

so i'm a little confused now...

according to this chart:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-card...

I should be getting like 100 fps with a gtx 275, and if my 8800gt sli set up is more or less the same, then I should get similiar fps right.

however I'm getting only like 60 fps.

what gives?

is my sli set up correctly?
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2009 7:20:23 PM

toms test their cards with 4 ghz cpu's
October 4, 2009 7:48:37 PM

You might need to OC your CPU to get a little more out of it ;) 
October 4, 2009 7:49:47 PM

so my cpu is bottlenecking my video cards? does that also mean that if i plop in that gtx 275, i'm going to see no improvement?
October 4, 2009 7:53:42 PM

No, there is no bottleneck, it is just comparing Tom's tests with your own is not really comparable.
October 4, 2009 7:56:48 PM

see the thing is I kinda already put an order through late friday for the gtx 275, but after reading all this, i'm going to cancel that order. thanks guys!
October 4, 2009 8:02:09 PM

oh okay, well in that case... still cancel my gtx 275 then? i mean no performance gain?
October 4, 2009 8:18:17 PM

impaledmango said:
I have one i'm trying to sell :) . Evga 8800gt 512mb


How much?
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2009 8:42:25 PM

if you willing to forgo the nvidia route the ati 5850 would be a good option, but for now hold onto what you got till nvidia release their dx11 cards,get a good cpu cooler and overclock the q6600 a bit it should give some better results on your current setup
October 4, 2009 8:42:45 PM

well if that's the case... i'm obviously sticking with my current set up and will wait a while and then do a complete upgrade...

question now... i've never really tweaked my system. i'm running win 7 pro. but from a cpu/gpu point of view, what tips, overclock tools, etc... do you recommend I begin with to get the most juice out of my system?

thanks!
October 4, 2009 8:50:05 PM

Those CPU's are really good for overclocking...im sure ive seen people with these @ 3.6GHz+ on water cooling....IIRC, you should be able to push 3.0 to 3.2GHz on stock cooling without too much problem.
a c 271 U Graphics card
October 4, 2009 9:41:59 PM

xizorgetspeed said:
so i'm a little confused now...

according to this chart:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-card...

I should be getting like 100 fps with a gtx 275, and if my 8800gt sli set up is more or less the same, then I should get similiar fps right.

however I'm getting only like 60 fps.

what gives?

is my sli set up correctly?


Have you got v-sync on? and L4D is not graphically intensive.
October 4, 2009 9:46:08 PM

godbrother said:
How much?

$50 CAN sounds good? That's about $46 american, no tax and depending on where you live I'll pay 4 shipping.
October 4, 2009 9:56:06 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Have you got v-sync on? and L4D is not graphically intensive.


should i have v-sync on?

i don't know what's good.

thanks!
a c 271 U Graphics card
October 4, 2009 10:13:48 PM

If you have v-sync on your fps will be capped at 60 fps, usually.
October 4, 2009 11:25:24 PM

L4D is not graphics intensive. That 100FPS benchie is done on a 4gHz i7 I think.
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