So I am looking into replacing my current Evga 8800GTS 640mb G80 with a new card.
I made a similar post a month or so back but the situation has changed. I originally was considering getting a replacement card or another 8800 to sli with.
I now have two jobs so money is now flowing in my direction. And after doing some thinking, I figure it makes the most sense for me to get a new card as my brother has the same Evga card as I do. We will kill two birds with one stone I guess you could say. Me buying a new card will give both of us a performace boost as he will get my old card to go SLI with.
My main concern is getting a single card that will outperform the two cards in SLI. I dont want to get a card that will equal the two or be slightly better. I want this purchase to be worth it so I am not wasteing my money and essentially paying to upgrade his computer.
I do not care whether its and ATI or Nividia card. So my question is... What single card will outperform 2x8800GTS 640mb in SLI?
My current specs..
E6600 OC'd to 2.7ghz
P5N32E-SLI Plus 650i motherboard
2x1gb SuperTalent DDR2 ram
2x320GB harddrives in raid 0
Thermaltake Toughpower 700w PSU
Evga 8800GTS 640
HD5770, HD4870, HD4890, GTX260 and GTX275 even maybe HD5830 (trades blows with4890) are all in a performance class with 2 x 8800GTS 640mb in SLI. Some are better than others but no big gaps in performance.
A single faster card I would recommend is HD5850 but then again this HD5830 would be the faster end of the group above and the price is finally on the right track at $199 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Always take newegg reviews with a grain of salt, people that are unhappy with products are more likely to complain.
The XFX card I linked to will work great in a well ventilated case and if you qualify for the dual lifetime warranty it is hard to pass it by.
Reference means that the card is exactly to ATI's or nVidia's specifications, and in the 5850/5870's case, this means it can be overvolted with BIOS flashing or MSI afterburn. Non-reference cards need special software to allow it from the manufacturers, and only MSI and Asus provide that.
Kingwin huh? What is it a rebrand of? Also, does it just snap in? The reason I was looking into the AC was because it used the push pins. I dont want to take out my motherboard for a heatsink install. Too much hassle with my case.