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Quad sli 9800gx2 vs gtx 580

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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 12:47:30 PM

simple answer in new games is 2 9800 gx2s or 1 gtx 580 going to be faster---specs in sig
a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 12:50:20 PM

The 580 is going to be faster as quad-scaling is horrible even for the 5xx series.
For the 9-series it is non-existent.
Your specs are not in your signature.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 12:55:21 PM

Don't even bother, quad gpu configurations haven't scaled and performed well in over a decade. The GTX 580 is what you are looking for.
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 1:08:15 PM

I have a 580 allready its a ftw watercooled just was wondering because i have 2 9800 gx2 laying around along with other things i need to sell lol.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 5:25:59 PM

Just keep it as it isn't worth much $50-75 typically while sometimes $100. Collectors item and toy.
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 7:11:21 PM

Yeah lol i like them i still have a 7950 gx2 lol that card scares me---heat issues
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a c 106 U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 7:23:38 PM

Actually the 9800GX2's real problem is driver support. Even though two such cards theoretically have power in the area of a 580, minus tessellation :p , the limited 512MB per GPU frame buffer and the crappy driver support pretty much mean it can't compare to a 580. nVidia stopped supporting the 9800GX2 after they launched the 280 and they didn't even have all the bugs worked out back then. 9800 GTX/GTX+ cards enjoyed better support so sadly someone who may have opted instead for tripple SLI 9800GTX cards might be in better shape ^_^
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 7:27:27 PM

Dedicate one to PhysX? I would sell them.
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 7:37:50 PM

nforce4max said:
Don't even bother, quad gpu configurations haven't scaled and performed well in over a decade. The GTX 580 is what you are looking for.

Out of curiosity, was there really quad GPU configurations more than 10 years ago? If so, what made them perform and scale better compared to today's SLI and crossfire configurations?
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 7:42:29 PM

Dougx1317 said:
Out of curiosity, was there really quad GPU configurations more than 10 years ago? If so, what made them perform and scale better compared to today's SLI and crossfire configurations?


Yes, curiosity here too. Although, 10 years ago I was only of four years.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 8:34:08 PM



Dude I have one, I bought one back in 2009 for $9 off eBay. Now they are $50 or more a pop. I put new heatsinks as well fans on it, not a bad overclocker either 200mhz and rock solid. I have a few old games that are only stable on old hardware but the one card that I do like to show off time to time is the 7900gtx duo (oem only)

However they have a lot of issues and usually do not run at all on most boards :( 
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 8:50:46 PM

Ah, the days of the good old GPUs. Farthest back I can go would be the ATi Radeon x600 SE HyperMemory 256MB. Huh. Actually, that really isn't that long ago...

Anyway, yes, the 580 is a much, much better choice.
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 9:18:23 PM

Yes, I remember playing Pandemonium on my Voodoo4. Very addicting, very. AthlonXP 2600+ and what not.
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