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2x sli 8800gts VS single gtx 550ti

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January 20, 2013 11:26:26 PM

Hi, I am currently running two ( sli bridged) geforce 8800 gts, and I have a gtx 550 ti that is not being used. I was wondering which set up is better for me? I don't play really intense games.
I play league of legends, portal 2, those kind of games. Can someone please help me?
a c 171 U Graphics card
January 20, 2013 11:59:22 PM

i'd probably go for the 550ti, it should be faster, and being a single card and has more vram, should deliver smoother playability and should use less power and create less heat.
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January 21, 2013 12:11:17 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
i'd probably go for the 550ti, it should be faster, and being a single card and has more vram, should deliver smoother playability and should use less power and create less heat.

Thank you, I appreciate it. I will wait for more advice before switching to the 550 ti.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 12:16:25 AM

Which GTS? If the original G80 GTS cards the GTX550TI is faster. If the newer G92 cards with 1GB of ram instead of 320/640MBs then the SLI setup is faster. But as you said you don't play intense games. And that single 550TI will use less power. I'd switch to the newer card.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 12:41:58 AM

i didnt think any 8800gts came with 1gb. there were the 320 or 640mb models, then they brought out the 512mb model with different gpu, but still called it 8800gts.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 12:48:11 AM

Oops... Nm. At least on the ram amount. Everything else should be right.
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 12:57:00 AM

i would get the current gen, those cards are a power hog, not to mention the temps they would put out, and 2 of them.

besides there are more issues when using more than 1 card, then you have power consumption, temps.
too many cons for this setup. my 2 cents
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January 21, 2013 1:03:42 AM

4745454b said:
Which GTS? If the original G80 GTS cards the GTX550TI is faster. If the newer G92 cards with 1GB of ram instead of 320/640MBs then the SLI setup is faster. But as you said you don't play intense games. And that single 550TI will use less power. I'd switch to the newer card.



I believe they are both 640 MBs. So you are saying the single gtx 550 ti is all around better?

I am a "noob" in terms of hardware and I never had a problem with overheating and I have no reason to believe my power supply is in any trouble. What are the benefits of using less power? ( I pay a flat fee for electricity )
Thanks
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a c 105 U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 1:16:25 AM

I guess the easiest thing to do is get fraps and run it. run it with the 2 8800's and then run it with the 500.

what gives you better performance or what actually "feels" better as you play?

should be able to answer your own question.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 1:17:27 AM

Usually cost and heat. If you are pulling less electricity from the wall then you save money by not using as much, and you won't be putting as much heat into the case/room. Cost doesn't apply to you apparently, but the card should run cooler then the SLI setup so temps should drop some.
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 1:24:33 AM

640 won't cut it for demanding games, like bf3, it eats up ~900mb on medium (some high) settings.
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January 21, 2013 1:27:19 AM

Plus, the 8800 gts will lose driver support sooner than the 550ti (or has already), which may be an issue in the future.
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January 21, 2013 1:27:54 AM

Both options are lackluster I would opt for a different solution.
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 4:08:15 AM

GTX 550 Ti, since these games you listed have low requirements.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 21, 2013 6:14:08 AM

not to mention dx 11 for the 550ti, not that its fast enough to run it in games like crysis 2 with dx11 but would run it ok in dx9 mode, but should be fine for less demanding dx11 games like dirt 2.
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