I have a simple question and that is.........is my E8600 CPU powerful enough to power 2 x GTX480's in SLI? My config is Striker II Formula MoBo with 4GB of 1066MHz DDR2 RAM and a 1KW CoolerMaster PSU. I already have a HD5850 GPU installed at the moment but want to get back to Nvidia.
I seem to have 2 options to consider and they are:
1. Do I upgrade to a core i7 930 setup and add another HD5850 to give me Xfire or
2. Do I just go for the 2 x GTX480's in my existing system? The price to do both is about the same.
I use my setup to mostly game, playing Bioshock 2, CODWW, Wolfenstein, Crysis etc...........think you get the idea, and want to get the best experience possible.
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I would go for the first one,because i7 930 will give you a nice boost in performance.
Also although 2 HD 5850s perform lower than 2 GTX 480s in SLI but their performance is great and also they run cooler and quieter.
The E8xxx performs very well (as does a single core sempron xD) The conclusion is also worth the read too. Part 1 is the same with less cpu's on test but the conclusion is still relevant, part 2 expands on it a bit more. theres also n article on phenom II vs intel i7 gaming performance when paired with an HD5970. Its an interesting read too
Yes, I imagine any dual core, regardless of clock speed would be the limiting factor if paired with a 480. How severe can't really be said, as I have yet to see any reviews or benchmarks on the card with anything but highly clocked i7 x4/x6 CPUs.
Ok thanks...........I am just curious that Dell are selling a system thathas the E8600 paired with the GTX480...........Iknow it has 4GB of DDR3 133Mhz Ram but would that make a big difference? Link to add below.
That configuration kind of baffles me, to be honest, heh. But in all fairness, if one focus group said that potential customers would still cheap out on CPUs, and another focus group said that potential customers would spend extra on top tier videocards, a Core2Duo paired with a GTX480 might just be a logical product from a corporate point of view. I highly doubt their marketting guys are enthusiasts, I mean, just look at what they did to alienware.
thanks again...........I am in a bit of a delimma now as I have an E8600 with 4GB of 1066Mhz DDR2 and a more than powerful PSU and was wanting to get a 480 to compliment my setup but if its going to be a worthless vebture then I will have to think again
I didn't say it would be worthless, heh, but you may not get all your money's worth out of the investment of a 480. Again, to be clear, I am just using theory, not personal experience to come to my hypothesis.
From the benchmarks and reviews that are out there, 5850cf should similar, give or take based on the titles, as a single 480. Especially if the CF is on an i7 platform, and the 480 was paired with an E8600.
would I notice any improvement by having a 480 with my E8600 as opposed to my existing 5850 with my E8600..............was considering getting the 480 now then saving for the i7 setup in the future
I don't know, there isn't anything out there comparing the top tier videocards on dual core systems. I can't imagine that a 480 would be much better than a 5850 on an E8600, but there may be a performance difference.