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HiCZoK4
07-14-09, 03:24 PM
How about doubling my 8800 ?

Would I gain anything more than 1-2 fps?
I am looking forward to it becouse my board support it and the card is now quite cheap:cool:

Burnt_Ram
07-22-09, 06:48 AM
what resolution are you gaming at?

Thunderbolt56
07-22-09, 07:08 AM
At really high resolutions (above 16x10, and I think your monitor runs 1680x1050 max), you might see some improvement in framerate and should be able to crank up some of the effects like AA and AF. But, honestly, with an E6300 running 2.43ghz, your CPU will still be a bottleneck.

You should be looking more for system balance and a single 8800 paired with your current system is a pretty good match regardless of what type of 8800 it is and should be able to run 1680x1050 farly easily.

If you're looking to upgrade your cpu to something over 3.0ghz and your mobo will support it, an additional 8800 might be a nice upgrade, but if not, stick with what you have and put the money away for either a GTX285 or even a next-gen card in a couple months. You can take the same money you'd spend on another 8800 and put it towards a E8400 + a good aftermarket cooler and bump it up to 3.4ghz or so and see considerably better results IMO.

CaptNKILL
07-22-09, 12:49 PM
At really high resolutions (above 16x10, and I think your monitor runs 1680x1050 max), you might see some improvement in framerate and should be able to crank up some of the effects like AA and AF. But, honestly, with an E6300 running 2.43ghz, your CPU will still be a bottleneck.

You should be looking more for system balance and a single 8800 paired with your current system is a pretty good match regardless of what type of 8800 it is and should be able to run 1680x1050 farly easily.

If you're looking to upgrade your cpu to something over 3.0ghz and your mobo will support it, an additional 8800 might be a nice upgrade, but if not, stick with what you have and put the money away for either a GTX285 or even a next-gen card in a couple months. You can take the same money you'd spend on another 8800 and put it towards a E8400 + a good aftermarket cooler and bump it up to 3.4ghz or so and see considerably better results IMO.

Agreed.

JasonPC
07-24-09, 10:03 PM
It depends on the game. Crysis, Lost Planet, and a few other games that are GPU dependant and also scale well with SLI will see an improvement. But many others will see no difference. It also depends what price you get the second 8800 for. 260s are dirt cheap now, you get similar performance with a single 260, get more video ram, and also don't have to worry about SLI not working.

Revs
07-25-09, 06:37 AM
If you do go SLi, overclocking that C2D more would give very good improvements all round ;). It should go well past 3Ghz with a good cooler and a propper setting up.

gstanford
07-26-09, 09:25 AM
Honestly I'd pick up a newer card with more than 512mb memory on board, then think about SLI.

john19055
08-10-09, 04:19 PM
If You can find the 8800GT cheap enough yes you will see gains in your games but ,if you got to spend over $100 then I would look at a GTX 260-216 and if your board will run the new E7400 ,they overclock to 4gigs pretty easy.

FearMeAll
08-10-09, 04:45 PM
It's always good to have another card anyways for physx. Might as well be able to do sli as well. It just gives you more options and combinations of things you can do in apps like nhancer.

Take this new Batman game. Sli usually works awesome for me but not with a physx game. Disable sli in nhancer on that profile and you get higher frames and still good graphics with just physx on the second card because a single gtx280 kicks ass in Unreal Engine 3.

Slammin
08-10-09, 06:16 PM
I was running two 8800GTS's in SLI and replaced one of them with a GTX280 and the single GTX280 is faster all-around plus allows me to max the eye candy.

8800 in SLI is a bottleneck with gfx intensive games, even with your current CPU. Adding another would better balance your system, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with having too much gfx horsepower because until now, it was almost imposible to have more gfx power than you needed, and in the rare case where your cpu might be a bottleneck, you can probably just OC it a few hundred mhz pretty easily but really, I'd go for for a 2.XX series card and just use the 8800 for physx if I were you. Getting another 8800 and running SLI will be faster than a 260 in most cases, but not by much, but you'll definitely get a nice boost in games that benefit from SLI.

And just food for thought, but I just don't think buying a single gfx card with intent to add another for SLI down the road really works out. Down the road, there is always a single card solution that is so much faster than your older card SLI'd. This is why I went with SLI right out the gate with both rigs I ran SLI on (7800GTX and 8800GTS SLI'd). I got about two+ years out of each of those systems before upgrading video, but with the 2.XX series out now, I couldn't imagine upgrading with and 8800 card for SLI.

Apheleon
08-21-09, 08:59 AM
i think that upgrade to the GTX275 is a good choice for you (lee)

ATi
08-21-09, 08:06 PM
i think that upgrade to the GTX275 is a good choice for you (lee)

+1 or a gtx260(lee)

HiCZoK4
09-28-09, 06:50 AM
what resolution are you gaming at?

ohhh I am quite late with the anserw...
I am gaming at 1680x1050 and 1280x800 at low fps times

Mostly I am using 4xMSAA with Transparency MS

Kemo
09-28-09, 08:23 AM
with both of my 8800 GTXs SLI'd i use crysis as a benchmark, i run it at 1680x1050 4xFSAA and it goes pretty damn smooth, i'd say about 50fps avg. With one card, i run it at 1440x900 and get the same performance with the same settings with some rare drops to about 40fps. So, with the newer GPGPU GT300 chips coming out soon, I'd wait til those come out and get two GTX 275s or something similar.