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Pennyboy
11-04-05, 05:35 AM
Do it again? because i'm not sure I would. A lot of games are pretty CPU dependant and therefore the advantage of 2 GPUs isn't as much as what I had hoped especially when you factor the cost into it. I'm interested to hear what others think of there SLI setups.

I'm also hoping more and more games include SLI natively which is happening now but seems to be going at a slow pace considering SLI has been available for over a year now.

Ninjaman09
11-04-05, 08:11 AM
Probably not, no. In fact this system is going to the be most expensive I ever buy - next time around I'm going for mid-range parts. It's just much more cost-effective. And I'm not upgrading again until I really have to.

SH64
11-04-05, 08:12 AM
definitely.

|JuiceZ|
11-04-05, 09:13 AM
interesting thread...

Sazar
11-04-05, 09:21 AM
Juice, does MikeC's hair give your computer an extra boost? A la Sli ?

OWA
11-04-05, 10:01 AM
Definitely, I love it. :) I joined late in the game just going SLI this round when I got the 7800s so I missed some of the early growing pains. Now it just seems to be getting better and better so I'm pretty excited about it.

Rayman1968
11-04-05, 10:52 AM
I just put my second card in last Tuesday, but with my limited experience with it at this time I'd have to say no, I wouldn't do it again. And if I can't work out some current SLI issues I'm having (terrible performance with vsync enabled) I'll probably be unloading the second card anyway.

|JuiceZ|
11-04-05, 11:15 AM
Juice, does MikeC's hair give your computer an extra boost? A la Sli ?

only with the new drivers :D

SH64
11-04-05, 11:31 AM
IMO SLI is best suited for advanced/experianced users only .. i'm seeing lots of regulars with SLI setups who dont know even how to use/enable it , in that case i wouldnt recommend it for them.
however , nVIDIA is doing a good job so far making SLI or dual GPU tech more user friendly to mostly everyone .. its gonna take time though.

jAkUp
11-04-05, 11:46 AM
SLI is only worth it for high resolution with AA/AF. 1600x1200 4x/16x isn't an option with the latest games and a single card.

Cruel_Logic
11-04-05, 11:47 AM
absolutely, as soon as I can afford a new sli setup. I love high-res gaming.

OxfordDon
11-04-05, 12:04 PM
I think it rather depends what monitor you're driving. For me, the only way I can game at my monitors native rez of 1920x1200 is with SLi. In fact the 2 6800Ultras I have now struggle, so I'm about to invest in 2 7800s. So for me it's the only option, and yes I'll do it again :D

jAkUp
11-04-05, 12:20 PM
Yea... obviously if you have a monitor only capable of 1280x1024 resolution, its obviously not the best solution...

But for like me 1600x1200 is pretty much a must.

toxikneedle
11-04-05, 12:58 PM
Playing COD2 @ 1680x1050 my FPS dropped to 30-50 from 70-90 without SLi. So obviously, I dunno if I can go back to single card after getting my first SLi rig.

evilchris
11-04-05, 01:01 PM
I should get SLI. My CRT can do 2048x1536 @ 85Hz

ricercar
11-04-05, 01:31 PM
Until I had SLI I never gamed above 1024×768. Now it's worthwhile.

Will I go SLI again? Probably not. Been there done that, and I don't game enough to make it a rational expense.

holdenb
11-04-05, 02:21 PM
Oh yes definitley.....
I love as much graphical power as i can.........nothing like gaming at the best possible settings/performance

in fact......;)

this is already my 2nd SLI, i used to have a couple of 6800GT's

PSYCHODAD
11-04-05, 02:42 PM
I will definitely do it again. My plan is to upgrade in the near future.

2 7800gtx 512mb
4800+ x2 processor

It will probably be my Christmas present to me.:p

Ninjaman09
11-04-05, 02:47 PM
Heh, to top it off I'm playing World of Warcraft more than anything else by far on my PC anyway. This is probably continue for quite a while. :D

nVidi0t
11-04-05, 02:55 PM
It's a must for me ad my LCD native is 1680X1050. With SLI I can still get blazing FPS at that res.

monkeydust
11-04-05, 03:11 PM
The only reason I bought an SLI setup was because I made 16k with NVIDIA stock last year. I wouldn't have spent that much on otherwise.

Advocate
11-04-05, 03:17 PM
Well I'm a bit mixed as to whether I would or not.

In an ideal world I'd like my next upgrade to be a dual socket mobo that will let me buy another 3800+ x2 and THEN SLi would be worth it.

I've just swapped back to a 19 inch CRT (the 26" LCD HDTV is now attached to my Mac as a media center) and FEAR @ 1600x1200 wasn't arf choppy in places.

That's why I'm mixed.

Shaitan
11-04-05, 03:50 PM
When they bring out the single card dual GPU solution this next year, then sli is gonna be a very expensive moot point I think.

Pennyboy
11-04-05, 05:21 PM
SLI is only worth it for high resolution with AA/AF. 1600x1200 4x/16x isn't an option with the latest games and a single card.

I agree SLI is for high res gaming but I have had mixed results.
Here is a break down of my SLI experience. All games with 4xAA & anistropic filtering

1 I could Play BF2 @ 1600x1200 before well with 1 7800GTX, goes a bit better with 2. 1900 res is too slow for online gaming, ok for single player but who plays single player!

2 Doom 3 (my best results out of any game) could play @ 1280x1024 before now 1600x1200 runs perfect. Haven't tried to go higher yet.

3 Call of Duty 2 now I was excited about this one because it had enable SLI in the menu so thought here is a game thats going to really use it but.. Well I was left dissapointed. For one you have to enable SLI everytime you go into the menu I have worked around it but yeah nasty bug! The other thing is that I can only run the game @ 1280x1024, 1600x1200 is to slow for my liking and I believe one one card would be capable of 1280x1024.

4 San Andreas... Well one card can run it @ any res! :)

5 HL2 I have heard HL2 doesn't properly support SLI. From my testing SLI doesn't seem to give me more FPS :(

6 FEAR, SLI a bit of a difference and I run it @ 1280x1024 Soft shadows off but I will try SH64's fix and will update this one. I'm hoping the fix will allow me 1600x1200 and OWA has said it works well for him at tha res!!

I know I haven't included FPS before after SLI figures if people are interested I will. Also does anyone think I would benefit from a CPU upgrade? Do you think going to an 4000+ from a 3800+ would be worth it? I'm wondering if the 1mb cache would do much. I was hoping to avoid an FX because they are soooo expensive.

toxikneedle
11-04-05, 06:52 PM
The only reason I bought an SLI setup was because I made 16k with NVIDIA stock last year. I wouldn't have spent that much on otherwise.
show-off :p