(2) 8800GT in SLI or one 8800GTS (G92)?

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(2) 8800GT in SLI or one 8800GTS (G92)?

Post by JustSomeone » Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:18 pm

I've now been waiting for over 2 months on Dell to ship my 8800GT's and it's given me too much time to think about this crap. I was settled on running the 8800GT's on a 790i board using a Q9450 processor (going on the early reports they would both be available in Jan). Now the 8800GT's I ordered seem like they'll never ship and both Nvidia and Intel have pushed the dates out on the MB and CPU I wanted to buy this month to sometime late Feb or even March (from the info I can find online). I'm getting tired of waiting.

So.... For those of you running 8800GT's in SLI, are you happy with your setup? If you could choose again, would you go with the 2 GTs over a single GTS? There are several deals right now that would match Dell's price of <$209 per GT.......but there are also deals that put the 8800GTS at $265. If I go with the 2 cards, I guess I'll just grab a 780i MB and settle on a E8400 CPU for now. If I go with the 1 card, I guess I'll go with a X48 or X38 (no DDR3 for me) MB (based on recommendations from FZ1 on another board) and the E8400. I don't know a thing about the X48/X38 boards....and I've had my heart set on SLI for a while. I keep hearing it can be a big pain to deal with, turns the computer into a space heater, and sucks power. But......it would definitely make playing Crisis a little more interesting based on these numbers:

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Help me make up my mind...I need all the help I can get at this point. It's been 3 years since I've built my last rig, and all this research has me pulling my hair out.

Damn you Nvidia and Intel......you should have released your products in January like you were supposed to! :lol:

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Re: (2) 8800GT in SLI or one 8800GTS (G92)?

Post by MakubeX » Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:45 pm

I would get a single G92 GTS because not every game works well with SLI. Some you will have better performance, some about the same as a single GT and some worse. You'll also be obligated to always have an Nvidia chipset mobo as long as you have SLI. Plus a single GTS would be cheaper.

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Post by geokilla » Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:02 pm

I say get a 8800GT now, then sell that and buy a new 9 series once it comes out. The performance/price difference between the 8800GT and 8800GTS is not worth it in my opinion, unless you want a dual slot cooler that I think runs a lot quieter than the 8800GT.
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Re: (2) 8800GT in SLI or one 8800GTS (G92)?

Post by Methious » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:01 am

If your waiting on Dell you need to check your status, they canceled a LR members order without telling him. I'd go with a single GPU solution, unless your gaming at uber resolutions, and willing to put up with the headaches of dual card solutions it's just not worth it. By the time they get SLI/Crossfire drivers fixed, and enough games supporting it the GPU will be out dated leaving you with expensive video cards and frustration. I'm with Geokiller on this one grab a 8800 gt and down the line the new GPU. As for Crysis it's probably not the video cards lacking, it's the coding of the game don't use that as a standard. Depending on the support for it the new 3870 X2 dual GPU on one card one connector at the projected $400 price point might put a smile on your face, it's running as good as the 8800 ultra that is much more expensive.
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Re: (2) 8800GT in SLI or one 8800GTS (G92)?

Post by FZ1 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:48 pm

Hey, this looks oddly familiar :lol:

Even with SLI note that the 40 FPS is an average so gameplay still won't be as great as you want due to stuttering from time to time. There are a few settings that you can drop down that really don't impact the visuals greatly and make a big difference in framerates. I forget what they are but I believe there is a good guide at tweakguides.com
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Re: (2) 8800GT in SLI or one 8800GTS (G92)?

Post by werty316 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:46 pm

Quite a few games don't scale well with SLI so I would opt for one 8800GT 512MB as the price of a 8800GTS 512MB isn't worth the extra cost since it is only marginally faster than an 8800GT 512MB.

I don't know where you live but there are some retailers that have a 8800GT 512MB for under $200 (when on sale along with a MIR).
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