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amk21
03-07-08, 02:42 PM
Nvidia confirmed that the 9800gx2 will sihp with a quad SLI driver.

Nvidia will launch its Geforce 9800GX2 on the 18th of March and on the same day it will ship the Quad SLI driver.

The driver should scale well on both DirectX 10 and DirectX 9 games and we were told that this time Nvidia made it work. Last time the company tried to do the Quad SLI, it didnít went that well, as the scaling and performance were not there.

This time around, we heard it will scale well and it should score well. It sounds good but we would definitely be testing these claims in the next few days.
Link:
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6159&Itemid=1

jcrox
03-07-08, 02:47 PM
Cool, I wanna see some 2x 9800GX2 vs 3x 8800GTX vs 3x 8800Ultra benches

nekrosoft13
03-07-08, 03:14 PM
probably 173 series driver.

nvidia has to get everything back unified again.

outdated 169 series for 8,7,6 series
new feature rich 174 series so far only for 9600
and probably 173 for GX2.

COME ON!

Muppet
03-07-08, 03:24 PM
If it does scale well, it will make my next purchase interesting. I'm waiting on early reviews to decide whether to go Quad or Tri SLI with the new GX2 or GTX.

amk21
03-07-08, 04:01 PM
I want to see 2 9800gx2 vs 3 9800gtx vs. 38800ultras

Muppet
03-07-08, 04:02 PM
I want to see 2 9800gx2 vs 3 9800gtx vs. 38800ultras
Yeah, that is what will make up my mind about whether to upgrade or just add another 8800.

ATi
03-07-08, 04:03 PM
when is the gtx coming out?:headexplode:

"55 days left before the Step-Up window closes":headexplode:

Muppet
03-07-08, 04:14 PM
when is the gtx coming out?:headexplode:

"55 days left before the Step-Up window closes":headexplode:
25th March supposedly

amk21
03-07-08, 04:59 PM
25th March supposedly
Fud had an article that said beofre the end of march, so march 25 sounds nice, where did you hear that?

Bokishi
03-07-08, 05:15 PM
I'm just gonna get another 8800, it's cheaper and will probably give me the same power, but benchies will be nice

amk21
03-07-08, 05:29 PM
I'm just gonna get another 8800, it's cheaper and will probably give me the same power, but benchies will be nice
That would make perfect sense for someone in your position, with 2 8800gtx's. If I didn't have a valid step-up I would buy a second gts 512, but because of the step-up im going with a 9800gx2.

Muppet
03-07-08, 08:37 PM
I will have some when they are released . . .and I will test them against GTXs and ATI 3870 X2s . . .
Excellant. Looking forward to your results.

amk21
03-08-08, 04:29 PM
I will have some when they are released . . .and I will test them against GTXs and ATI 3870 X2s . . .
To you build/mod computers for a living?

K007
03-08-08, 05:00 PM
Wonder if this means 7950GX2 Quad SLI will be back in action too

Muppet
03-08-08, 05:10 PM
Wonder if this means 7950GX2 Quad SLI will be back in action too
I always wondered if it was more of a hardware issue with the 7950GX2 in a Quad configuration. I'd say Nvidia would have learn't a lot from the previous generation.

amk21
03-08-08, 06:00 PM
Wonder if this means 7950GX2 Quad SLI will be back in action too
When was that buggy pos in action in the first place, anyway I think most of the severe problems were on the hardware side, I think nvidia worked as hard as they could to get some decent drivers out for it.

K007
03-08-08, 07:11 PM
Erm...i am pretty sure Quad SLI worked on some games. I remember Jakup posting Fear/Doom3 results on it.

But now with Quad SLI and Quad Cores...there is a lot of room for both sides to flex..provided games do take advantage of quad cores..atleast 3dmark will give some good results.

Still very happy with my GX2, apart from Vista issues all the games i play run pretty smooth...apart from Crysis which i had to mix a med/high and play @ 1280x960 ress.

The GX2 has its advantages, you don't need a nvidia sli motherboard to make it work.

I just hope a single GX2 is actually faster than a 8800Ultra....if its not..then its cheaper to just avoid it and get a single GPU card.

/Fingers Crossed.

Muppet
03-08-08, 07:32 PM
I just hope a single GX2 is actually faster than a 8800Ultra....if its not..then its cheaper to just avoid it and get a single GPU card.

/Fingers Crossed.
I really think it would have to be. Otherwise it won't sell very well if at all. I'm sure it will be a beast. :)

amk21
03-08-08, 10:03 PM
I really think it would have to be. Otherwise it won't sell very well if at all. I'm sure it will be a beast. :)
I think that we will see the similar results to that of two 8800gtx's, when you think about it, the gx2 will be made up of two g92(gts) cores, a single g92(gts) and almost match up with a gtx, and with two of them together, with some enhances and optimizations, granted that it scales well, I think that one 9800gx2 will beat or nearly beat two 8800gtx's.

Muppet
03-08-08, 10:25 PM
I think that we will see the similar results to that of two 8800gtx's, when you think about it, the gx2 will be made up of two g92(gts) cores, a single g92(gts) and almost match up with a gtx, and with two of them together, with some enhances and optimizations, granted that it scales well, I think that one 9800gx2 will beat or nearly beat two 8800gtx's.
If they do that well (here's hoping) they will sell very well, i'm sure

amk21
03-09-08, 03:55 PM
If they do that well (here's hoping) they will sell very well, i'm sure
Are you planning on getting a third gtx?

shadow001
03-09-08, 06:32 PM
Then there's always the upcoming dual HD3870 X2 crossfire with a dual 9800GX2 SLI one,and it should be interesting as something like that,with so much graphics horsepower under the hood(4 GPU's in either case)comes down to driver support to determine a winner,and even then,the results will change over time depending on how the Quad GPU drivers evolve from both sides.


Me personally,i'll pass on this since it's already a pain to get 2 GPU's to work on a given game at their best potential,never mind when you get to 4 of them,and end up being CPU limited unless you're using a 30"LCD at 2560*1600 resolutions.


Add that within 6 months we'll have the next batch of cards out that will be anywhere from 50 to 100% faster than the 9800GX2 or the HD3870 X2,and you start to wonder how long will developers keep trying to get the best possible performance out of what are now the second fastest cards in each company's respective lineup,once the next generation is out.



Bottom line for me is,keep it simple,just get a single card,with either a single very fast GPU onboard or at most using 2 GPU's in that card,that achieve a good level of performance,since development at the driver level for either case has been going on for years,and skip this whole Quad GPU stuff as it'll take months/years to get Quad GPU drivers as polished as they are with more standard single and dual GPU setups.

Muppet
03-10-08, 12:18 AM
Are you planning on getting a third gtx?
I will if the performance of either the GX2 or the 9800GTX isn't a big enough step up. It would be by far the cheapest option.