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ToiletDuck
11-14-05, 12:19 AM
Hi fellas..

Being abit of a noob i would appreciate any opinions on this :p

Would it be better to go with 1 x 512meg GTX or 2 x 256meg GTX's in SLI?

Any response would be greatly appreciated ;)

Cheers

Omega53
11-14-05, 12:23 AM
1 512mb gtx

jAkUp
11-14-05, 01:11 AM
Yea, I would probably go the route of 1x512. That way in the future, you also have the option of grabbing another one :)

Not to mention you get 512mb of texture goodness for quake4, fear, and UE3 :)

lamarodom007
11-14-05, 01:38 AM
Get 1x 512mb first , then get another one when price dropping.

SH64
11-14-05, 06:12 AM
Now ?? 1x512MB GTX fo sho :)

PaiN
11-14-05, 07:15 AM
My plan is 1 7800GTX 512mb

DeaDLocK
11-14-05, 07:18 AM
1 512MB GTX in an SLI board. Get another in 6-12 months.

Though saying that, two 256MB GTXs isn't exactly a performance slouch (still murders the X1800XT).

lee63
11-14-05, 07:24 AM
Gotta get two hehe.......

DarkOneX
11-14-05, 07:39 AM
1 512 megger. No way for 2, too expensive and insane.

MUYA
11-14-05, 07:49 AM
Wait until u seen benches of the 512MB vs GTX SLI ;) which should be in a few minutes time.

Riptide
11-14-05, 08:23 AM
I'd get one, then add a second one later if you feel the need.

GRAFiZ
11-14-05, 10:38 AM
Bah... future proof is not a phrase that even makes sense when talking video cards.

In three months the 512 GTX will be old as is the rest.

Get the two 256 GTX cards and put them in SLI... as I've been saying, the reviews show no more then a general 15% increase with the 512, however, two 256 GTX's will increase your speed by a WHOLE lot more then that.

That's plenty future proof.

Think about it, right now you can get two used 256 GTX cards for the same price as one 512, you'll find performance to be much better and that will certainly last you until the DX10 cards come out.

Sadly, around here you only get those who are trying to justfiy their own purchase.

Now then, if you have the money and want to spend it, get two 512's, but if you only have a budget of $700 or so, seriously... get the two 256's, you wont be sorry.

waxking1
11-14-05, 11:33 AM
On Anandtech and TechReport reviews I was amazed at how well the 7800GT SLI held up against the GTX SLI setup. I already have a 7800GT so its seems a no-brainer that my best option would be another 7800GT and go SLI mode. I've just seen a lot of problems people are having using SLI. Am I likely to have problems if I don't want to do a clean install and just put the second card in and change jumpers and BIOS settings? I have a DFI NF4 SLI DR motherboard.

combat_wombat
11-14-05, 12:11 PM
I'd imagine the 512mb will be more future proof. even two 256mb SLi cards still only have 256mb of useable memory space. Once games start coming out with huge texture requirements, then 512mb will surely be the better alternative

DarkOneX
11-14-05, 12:47 PM
Think about it, right now you can get two used 256 GTX cards for the same price as one 512, you'll find performance to be much better and that will certainly last you until the DX10 cards come out.

Negative on this. 7800 GTX 256MB is ~$450+ new right now still, so 2 of those would be $900+. I'd rather spend $649 (MSRP) on 1 512 megger and not worry about SLI issues, added heat, 1 being a dude, game support for it, etc and have close to SLI performance with one card for cheaper.

GRAFiZ
11-14-05, 01:27 PM
Negative on this. 7800 GTX 256MB is ~$450+ new right now still, so 2 of those would be $900+. I'd rather spend $649 (MSRP) on 1 512 megger and not worry about SLI issues, added heat, 1 being a dude, game support for it, etc and have close to SLI performance with one card for cheaper.

Hey, I'm just saying you can indeed get 256 GTX's at around $375 to $400, but you have to be willing to go used, still, they are out there.

As for the 512's, you're looking at $750 to get one home right now, I'm not talking MSRP I'm talking what you're going to have to pay.

The math works out in favor of my argument.

ToiletDuck
11-14-05, 10:53 PM
Thanks for the replies fellas.. appreciate it ;)

KickAssCop
11-14-05, 11:31 PM
1*512 7800GTX for those nasty textures.