Upgrading from 8800 GTS 512mb SLI

One of the 2 8800 GTS I had finally crapped out. They are currently being RMA'ed (EVGA, both have lifetime warranty, but have no idea what I'm gonna get for replacements). Was wondering what should I get for replacement? I have at most a $300 budget. Was looking at a GTX 560Ti and maybe down the line get another to SLI when I have the budget to spare. Also saw the news about the newer ver. of the 560Ti coming out so should I wait for that or see if I can find any good deal during Black Friday? System spec is as follow:

i7 920 at 3.6Ghz
Asus Rampage II Extreme
Corsair 6gb ram
Corsair 750w

Looking for to play BF3 and Skyrim at 1080p (old card crapped out during Skyrim T_T) Any suggestion would be appreciated.
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  1. Anything less than a GTS450 back from EVGA would be downgrade. GTX560Ti would be good in your system and your PSU can handle two later on.
  2. A GTX 560 Ti would be great. Wait for the new version to hit the shelves then make your decision.
  3. The new 560Ti came out but since it's a limited run it won't be good for my plan of adding another one later down the line to SLI.

    I also wanted to know how much of an upgrade a 560Ti would be compare to my current graphic card?
  4. It would be about 65-70% performance boost over the 8800 GTS, Actually there's no comparison, the GTX 560ti is above the 8800 GTS by 3 generations.
  5. A single GTX 560 Ti is a great upgrade. Forget the "448 Cores" version if you plan to SLi later in the future.
  6. ilysaml said:
    It would be about 65-70% performance boost over the 8800 GTS, Actually there's no comparison, the GTX 560ti is above the 8800 GTS by 3 generations.


    Even against 8800 GTS 512 in SLI? Btw I got 2 8800 GTS 512 back from warranty so no freebie upgrade for me. :P
  7. A single GTX560Ti will give you about the same performance as the 8800GTS's did in SLi.
  8. Mousemonkey said:
    A single GTX560Ti will give you about the same performance as the 8800GTS's did in SLi.


    So basically not worth the $200 upgrade then?
  9. A single card? No. But in SLi the GTX560Ti is performing well for me and having run a GTX580 in the same rig for a bit I can honestly say that I would rather have the GTX560's.
  10. vinnces said:
    So basically not worth the $200 upgrade then?


    It's not really worth $200 dollars, but a single GTX 560 Ti would produce less heat, noise and require less power.
  11. Warmacblu said:
    It's not really worth $200 dollars, but a single GTX 560 Ti would produce less heat, noise and require less power.

    But only be as fast as what the OP has now, just the added ability to use DX11.
  12. DX11, GDDR5, 1 GB of VRAM, CUDA Cores.... all of this adds a bonus to GTX 560ti.
  13. The 8800 GTS was produced in 2007, can you realize the gap between them ? and if the scaling of the SLI was 100% boosting the performance, will it still be able to handle today's games @ high resolution ?
  14. 8800gts sli is about on par with a gtx 470 which is about on par with a gtx 560ti.. which has pretty much already been said... from my experiences the gtx 560ti really takes off when oc'ed
  15. ilysaml said:
    The 8800 GTS was produced in 2007, can you realize the gap between them ? and if the scaling of the SLI was 100% boosting the performance, will it still be able to handle today's games @ high resolution ?

    The OP has already stated that one of their cards has died so a single GTX560Ti would obviously be better than the single remaining 8800GTS but as I only replaced my 8800GT's in May with a couple of GTX560's, I think I have a fair idea of the performance difference between them.
  16. ilysaml said:
    The 8800 GTS was produced in 2007, can you realize the gap between them ? and if the scaling of the SLI was 100% boosting the performance, will it still be able to handle today's games @ high resolution ?



    do you think a gtx 470/gtx 560ti level of gpu can play modern games at say 1080p!?.... since this is the level of performance we are talking about in dx10....I sure think they can
  17. jjb8675309 said:
    do you think a gtx 470/gtx 560ti level of gpu can play modern games at say 1080p!?.... since this is the level of performance we are talking about in dx10....I sure think they can

    I'm pretty sure he's questioning if an 8800GTS can handle today's games at a high res, and after having seen my friends son playing AvP @ 16 x 10 on one of my old 8800GT's I would have to yes. It could do it, just nowhere near as well as a newer card would.
  18. Did the OP get the cards back from eVGA?
  19. Mousemonkey said:
    I'm pretty sure he's questioning if an 8800GTS can handle today's games at a high res, and after having seen my friends son playing AvP @ 16 x 10 on one of my old 8800GT's I would have to yes. It could do it, just nowhere near as well as a newer card would.


    ok I agree, overall a newer card would suit the OP well
  20. Warmacblu said:
    Did the OP get the cards back from eVGA?


    Yes I did. I sent both in actually and both got replaced by the same identical card. If there isn't a noticeable improvement in fp or quality while playing BF3 or Skyrim then I might not upgrade. Though I can't really tell how much of an improvement it would be for BF3 since it forces it to low quality setting because these are DX9 cards. Also forgot to mention that I game at 1080p.
  21. vinnces said:
    Yes I did. I sent both in actually and both got replaced by the same identical card. If there isn't a noticeable improvement in fp or quality while playing BF3 or Skyrim then I might not upgrade. Though I can't really tell how much of an improvement it would be for BF3 since it forces it to low quality setting because these are DX9 cards. Also forgot to mention that I game at 1080p.

    They're DX10 cards actually.
  22. Mousemonkey said:
    They're DX10 cards actually.


    Opps, my mistake there. So basically if I want a noticeable improvement in fps/quality I would need to go 570 or a 6970?
  23. @mousemonkey & jjb867
    I'm talking about a single GTX 560ti vs 8800 GTS in SLI, anybody has a review of them with the modern games such as BF3 & Crysis 2 @ 1080P ?
    from nVidia benches;
    Quote:
    GeForce 8800/9800 GT
    We start the performance evaluation with the GeForce 8800/9800 GT—the most popular graphics card according to the Steam Hardware Survey and the GPU that is listed in the minimum system requirements of Battlefield 3. True to DICE's word, the GeForce 8800 GT does indeed play Battlefield 3, though at a humble resolution of 1280 x 1024 and at Low Quality settings. Needless to say, this is not how Battlefield 3 looks in the trailers, but the game does run, as promised.
  24. @ 384-bit
    And what's your point ? i don't know why you're fond of getting off the main topics
  25. ilysaml said:
    @mousemonkey & jjb867
    I'm talking about a single GTX 560ti vs 8800 GTS in SLI, anybody has a review of them with the modern games such as BF3 & Crysis 2 @ 1080P ?
    from nVidia benches;
    Quote:
    GeForce 8800/9800 GT
    We start the performance evaluation with the GeForce 8800/9800 GT—the most popular graphics card according to the Steam Hardware Survey and the GPU that is listed in the minimum system requirements of Battlefield 3. True to DICE's word, the GeForce 8800 GT does indeed play Battlefield 3, though at a humble resolution of 1280 x 1024 and at Low Quality settings. Needless to say, this is not how Battlefield 3 looks in the trailers, but the game does run, as promised.

    In Crysis 2 DX9 SLi'd 8800GT's get about the same framerates as a single GTX560Ti @1080, I don't know about BF3.
  26. @384-Bit
    Main topic is about 8800 GTS and 560ti and unfortunately, for me, friendly posts are a bit confusing and misleading for the OP, and i guess for OPs as well.
  27. @Mousemonkey
    As long as i don't have a reference for 8800 GTS in SLI with modern games i can't confirm the win of 8800 GTS over GTX 560ti. But as long as the OP stated he got the same GPUs as replacement it won't be a wise decision to screw them up and get a 560ti.
  28. Sounds like mousemonkey deleted my above post.
    @384 Bit, +1 :)
  29. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103195&Tpk=5970

    There is your card....ull max out anything at 1080p, fork out the extra 30 bucks and get it, its the deal of a lifetime.

    If u cant afford it here u go 5870>560ti

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-ATI-Radeon-HD5870-HD-5870-PCI-e-3D-Video-Graphics-Gaming-3-Port-Card-w-HDMI-/130608691744?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item1e68e27a20
  30. 5970 > everything but gtx 590 and 6990. 6970 is a bitch to it
  31. 5970; a hot piece of garbage; an absolutely terrible recommendation imo

    you are completely wrong about the 5870 and gtx 560 ti, you are spewing out nonsense and patronizing AMD 5000 series cards... why?
  32. ^lol a 5870 for 180 used= an absolutley horrible deal lol :lol:
  33. ^+1 totally agreed
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