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4q2
04-08-08, 06:46 AM
I just got a 22" widescreen monitor for me birthday and was noticing that my old 8800GTS 320 seems a little slow in some games at native res with 4x AA.

Would another 320 in SLI be worth it? They are so cheap right now (around $100) but the memory has me concerned if will really make much of a difference.

Revs
04-08-08, 06:57 AM
Not with that CPU I wouldn't think. That alone would not help things, but with it being a 320mb card too, i'd say no.

I assume you're now running at 1680 x 1050?

4q2
04-08-08, 10:20 AM
Not with that CPU I wouldn't think. That alone would not help things, but with it being a 320mb card too, i'd say no.

I assume you're now running at 1680 x 1050?

Yes.

Actually from what I've seen in benches so far, my CPU holds up pretty well in actual game performance. The GPU is more of a bottleneck in almost every situation.

HYBRID
04-08-08, 10:26 AM
Working them Angels over time. Going to see them in Ftlauderdale couldnt help it. Rush Rocks.

BTW did you check or do a google with regards to 8800gts 320 in SLI?

Revs
04-08-08, 10:35 AM
Yes.

Actually from what I've seen in benches so far, my CPU holds up pretty well in actual game performance. The GPU is more of a bottleneck in almost every situation.

Is that with two cards in SLI though?

Also at that res you would probably find games would stutter as the card tries to cope with loading all the textures.

4q2
04-08-08, 10:40 AM
Working them Angels over time. Going to see them in Ftlauderdale couldnt help it. Rush Rocks.

BTW did you check or do a google with regards to 8800gts 320 in SLI?

Rush does rock!!! :)

Yeah, I looked around a bit. Most of what I've seen said not to go SLI, but I was hoping for a response from someone who actually tried it. Most of the benches around on the 320 are from late last year or so and don't really include many of the newer games. Fewer still include the 320 in a SLI configuration.

4q2
04-08-08, 11:01 AM
Is that with two cards in SLI though?

Also at that res you would probably find games would stutter as the card tries to cope with loading all the textures.

In SLI mode there is a bigger difference because the GPU is no longer the bottleneck.

I guess its time to upgrade the old video card to a 9800. As much time as I have for gaming, a 9800SLI is out of the question, but a single 9800 would probably be enough for quite a while. Even with the old CPU I have.

Revs
04-08-08, 11:08 AM
Sounds like a good idea. Sell the GTS320 and get a single card. I'd go for a 8800GTS512 personally. An amazing VFM card.

stncttr908
04-08-08, 07:07 PM
Sounds like a good idea. Sell the GTS320 and get a single card. I'd go for a 8800GTS512 personally. An amazing VFM card.
Good advice. Getting another 320MB card will still leave you with only 320MB effective video memory, since textures and other data are loaded onto both cards simultaneously under SLI. At least that's how I understand it.

8800GTS 512MB sounds perfect for 1680x1050 right now.

ChaoticNick
04-08-08, 07:15 PM
8800GTS 512MB sounds perfect for 1680x1050 right now.

+1

4q2
04-09-08, 10:38 AM
I just ordered this 8800GTS 512.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130337

Not bad for $219. It should give me enough of a boost until the next, next gen.

I'll be ready for an entire system by then. :)

Revs
04-09-08, 10:53 AM
Good stuff. I'm sure you'll love it.

Labyrinth
04-09-08, 12:46 PM
I just ordered this 8800GTS 512.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130337

Not bad for $219. It should give me enough of a boost until the next, next gen.

I'll be ready for an entire system by then. :)

Ah man...I would have sold you mine for $200