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2 x 8800GTX SLi versus single modern card

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September 10, 2011 1:40:04 PM

I currently run 2 x NVidia 8800 GTX cards using an SLI link in a Windows 7 operating system.

How does this setup compare to a modern single card available today in terms of graphics performance ?

In other words would a modern mid range single graphics card (ATi or NVidia) be a step up from where I am now ?

Any advice would be appreciated as I do not know how to compere these two scenarios using the charts and I would like to cut down on the generated heat from my current system.

Phil.

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September 10, 2011 4:21:49 PM

Yes, it would. Although the 8800's were awesome for a longtime and they beat quite a few cards which were put out in the last year, but they certainly weren't eco friendly.
Going for a high end card or a mid range card today will certainly do you a lot more then continuing to run those 2..... performance wise....

If you want some reading material on comparisons here go thru these

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1415624
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=586...
http://asia.gamespot.com/forums/topic/26732629
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September 10, 2011 5:07:19 PM

If I were you I wouldn't settle for any thing less than a GTX 560 ti but I would also hold out till 28nm generation comes out for something better than current gen cards.
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September 10, 2011 5:28:07 PM

If the performance is still fine for you, and you just want to cut down on the high temps, then I recommend removing and modifying the plastic hood of the heat sink to cut down on heat. You can use a dremel tool and cut out a area for a 80mm fan to be added that will blow air onto the heat sink. Also, you can rewire the main fan to disregard the cards fan control and just have it run at full speed. This worked on my pair of 8800 GTS 320 cards.
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September 10, 2011 6:16:14 PM

i think its somewhere round a gtx 280

and all the cards that beat a 280 are

gtx 470 or higher
560 ti or higher

amd 5850 or higher
amd 6850 or higher
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September 11, 2011 3:24:21 AM

Well I could do a few basic test but I only got one 8800gtx to compare to a gtx 280 and a gtx 460. You can look at old threads where the 8800gtx is compared to a gtx 280. The gtx 280 is only slightly slower than a stock gtx 460 by only 3-5% if reference or very close to it.
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September 15, 2011 11:57:04 AM

Thanks to everyone for your input - very helpful and informative.
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September 15, 2011 11:57:41 AM

Best answer selected by philanderson59.
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September 15, 2011 6:38:14 PM

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