Graphics: Two Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT
Recent price drops have put an SLI configuration of two 8800 GT graphics cards within our grasp, but not just any model would do. While most brands follow NVidia’s reference design, Gigabyte created its own card with a few key changes.
Rather than use the big circuit board from the 8800 GTS 256 or 512, Gigabyte’s design is shorter, with a different voltage regulator that the company claims is good for both reduced power consumption and heat. We’re not sure how much truth is behind those claims, but we do know that Gigabyte’s highest-speed model is quite a bit faster than the standard parts.
With a graphics processor clock of 700 MHz, Gigabyte’s model GV-NX88T512HPV1 comes clocked a full 16.7 % faster than most 8800 GT models, and is often comparable in performance to the 8800 GTS 512 models of other brands. Keeping it cool is a custom oversized sink and fan supplied by Zalman.
Gigabyte only raises the memory data rate from 1800 to 1840 MHz, but the chips it uses are rated at GDDR3-2000. This should leave us a little extra maneuverability in the overclocking competition, but we’re not yet certain how much farther the pre-overclocked GPU will go. We’re hoping that the improved voltage regulator will provide a pleasant surprise.
At $188 per card the GV-NX88T512HPV1 is far from the cheapest 8800 GT model we could find, but value hunters will appreciate the $30 per-card rebate. We assumed a “hard limit” to the amount of cash we could put aside for our system, without borrowing money against rebates, and used the total price before rebates to calculate our total system cost.
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I'm glad to know that you don't really need a huge amount of wattage to run the 8800 gt sli. How about for the ati 4850 crossfireX? Is 460 watts with a combined 42 amps for the 12V rail be enough?Reply
Seeing the new prices for components, couldn't you have stayed with the AMD theme, just to satisfy reader curiosity. I.e. 2x3870 in crossfire (or 3870x2) = $300, AMD 790X/FX MB = $125, Phenom 9850 Black Ed = $235 (or 6400+ X2 Black Ed = $160, making room for 2x4850), Plus all cheaper components from current build. You would have still been under the $1000 mark, and the dual 3870/4850 would have given much closer results in the games category, and the unlocked multiplier would have given AMD a little more benefit in the overclocking category compared to the locked 9500 used previously. This would have been more interesting especially since your $2000 PC was really a $1400 PC (the only difference between $1000 and $2000 now being GTS vs. GT and quad vs. dual).Reply
The first Crysis graph looks more like Very High, not High. I get around 32FPS with a single 9600GT on high at 1440x900.Reply
Considering that those GT's ran you $188 each, even counting a $30 rebate, that should have left 4850's well within your grasp, and they would have significantly outperformed the GT's. In fact, they probably would have outperformed yourReply
Hmm. Looks like it took my less than sign as HTML tagging. That should have said "outperformed your less than $2000 system"Reply
Same problem in here (like in $2000 system build)!Reply
Tom's realy starts to annoying me:
First of all: Why the hell you need crapy 8800GT??! while for the same prize you can buy HD4850s http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121253 -> 2xHD4850=$330 < 2x8800GT=$386 !!!
Second of all: 2xHD4850 will easy outperform 2x8800GT even in crysis :D(wich is exclusively for nvidia)
Third, but not least: How the hell whole system with 2X8800GT will run on 400W PS ?!!? I'm so convinced;
This is really dumb. I love how they add up only a tower. you have to add in the monitor, speakers, mouse/keyboard, etc.. That is what a computer is, not a tower. You get peoples hopes up to buy a computer, then they realize, oh yeah, I have to buy this other stuff to actually be able to use the tower. Come on, be more realistic. I would love to see a mid-rang computer, while seeing what size monitor you can get with it.Reply
yonefWhy the hell you need crapy 8800GT??!It's funny how a suddenly card becomes worse when another card is released better than it, even funnier when a few weeks ago this was THE card to buy. Did you stop to consider when this article was written? Perhaps the card wasn't available when they wrote this, and in order to get the article out on time they had to go with "crappy" cards.Reply
AMD + ATi FTW $1000 systemReply
If u don't already own a monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers n your reading this thread you are a retard. Like seriously why would you not own those things already. Personally i like these articles they make, it puts together a PC built tower for you already kind of knowing what u could get at such a great price point. And 2ndly in my opinion ATI has nothing on NVIDIA, although ppl claim it to be better and cheaper then NVIDIA's line up i beg the differ. And 3rdly i can't believe that a sli system as well could run off a 400watt PSU.Reply