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SLI 9800GT, or get new DX11 card?

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March 21, 2010 3:19:28 PM

I'm thinking of upgrading my graphics sometime soon, so I was wondering, would I get better performance from upgrading my current (9800gt) card to SLI, or just buying a new card? (note-I currently dont have an SLI ready mobo, but don't factor that in because I'll be upgrading that before I upgrade my graphics) My resolution is 1680x1050, if that helps any.

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a c 1406 U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 7:18:32 PM

A single more powerful card is usually a better (more problem free) solution than SLI/Crossfire of 2 less powerful cards.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 7:21:26 PM

rolli59 said:
A single more powerful card is usually a better (more problem free) solution than SLI/Crossfire of 2 less powerful cards.


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March 21, 2010 8:26:40 PM

Alright, but which would give me better performance for the money?
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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 8:51:19 PM

buy a new card hopefully better than 5770 or 260GTX they are upgrades but not as far you will want to go
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March 21, 2010 9:09:23 PM

But the 5770 and 260gtx are also a lot more expensive; I can get a 9800gt for under $100 at some places.
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a c 1406 U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 9:14:49 PM

rjkucia said:
But the 5770 and 260gtx are also a lot more expensive; I can get a 9800gt for under $100 at some places.

If you figure in the cost of the new motherboard (unless you are doing a full upgrade MB, CPU and etc) would make the 9800GT more expensive.
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March 21, 2010 9:46:21 PM

rolli59 said:
If you figure in the cost of the new motherboard (unless you are doing a full upgrade MB, CPU and etc) would make the 9800GT more expensive.


I'm upgrading my motherboard and cpu anyways, so I'm not going to take that into account right now.
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a c 1406 U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 9:50:24 PM

If your power supply is up to the task of running 2x9800GT in SLI versus a single HD5770 then you get a little more performance for the money in games that support SLI.
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March 28, 2010 8:52:15 PM

I checked a PSU calculator, and it seems that my 500 watt PSU is more than enough for the task. This brings me to my second question - when I purchase a motherboard, how will I know if it supports SLI? To my knowledge, only those with Nvidia or new Intel chipsets do, but I don't know which ones. Also, is Crossfire supported on all of these platforms (in case I decide just to get a new ATI card)?
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April 4, 2010 1:53:37 AM

Best answer selected by rjkucia.
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