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Tikiman44
08-13-06, 03:03 AM
Something I love about nVNews is that the forums are filled with both average consumers and hardcore enthusiasts.:D

In light of the major release of WHQL drivers for Quad SLI I am left wondering if Quad SLI is really worth it?:p For those that have Quad SLI enabled please share your thoughts. There are many that even feel that SLI is a rip off, although I must say I have always been impressed by the SLI performance boost I have received.

Tonight while cruising around the forums I stumbled onto something I didn't realize...EVGA now is making a 7900 GT 512MB card!! Fetch that's awesome that they decided to add more memory to the already great 7900 GT.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130034

I am now tempted to get 2 of those cards instead of going Quad SLI. I have a 21" Widescreen LCD that displays 1680x1050. I'm really not sure if my display has a high enough resolution to warrant QUAD SLI. Based on my resolution which setup should I choose...back to an SLI rig or go QUAD SLI. Any advice would be very helpful.:D
http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/productimage/14-130-034-03.JPG

jAkUp
08-13-06, 03:06 AM
At 1680x1050 you will be hard pressed to see any use for Quad SLI except a few games here and there.

Unless you run like 8xAA or something :)

Tikiman44
08-13-06, 03:08 AM
At 1680x1050 you will be hard pressed to see any use for Quad SLI except a few games here and there.

Unless you run like 8xAA or something :)

LOL!! I only play games with everything maxed out.:D

Tikiman44
08-13-06, 03:12 AM
With the prices of the 7950 GX2 these days though maybe Quad might be a good investment. I mean the EVGA 7950 GX2 is only $499 at NewEgg!

jAkUp
08-13-06, 03:16 AM
Really, I think the wise investement would be to get 2 7900GT 512's to hold you off until G80.

Really, there are no games coming out from now until G80 that will need something like Quad SLI. All of the games that will require alot of horsepower, (Call of Juarez, UE3, Crysis) aren't coming out till '07

Of course, here I am saying this when I have Quad SLI :D If you are planning to upgrade to G80 anyways, then go Quad :)

Tikiman44
08-13-06, 03:19 AM
Really, I think the wise investement would be to get 2 7900GT 512's to hold you off until G80.

Really, there are no games coming out from now until G80 that will need something like Quad SLI. All of the games that will require alot of horsepower, (Call of Juarez, UE3, Crysis) aren't coming out till '07

Of course, here I am saying this when I have Quad SLI :D If you are planning to upgrade to G80 anyways, then go Quad :)

It's nice to hear you say that I should get 7900 GT 512's!:D Did I mention that I love EVGA. Sometime next week I'm putting my XFX 7950 GX2 on Ebay. Why did I buy an XFX card again?

K007
08-13-06, 03:35 AM
Its the price for me..the the 7950GX2 only costed me 100AU more compared to the GTX(of which all failed on me) and from the same brand Leadtek..so it maybe an overkill..but hey..compare the prices and why the hell not get it? 100AU for 2xGPU with Quad SLI future path..why not :O..infact i am gonna grab the 8950GX2 when it comes out ><

Tikiman44
08-13-06, 03:38 AM
Its the price for me..the the 7950GX2 only costed me 100AU more compared to the GTX(of which all failed on me) and from the same brand Leadtek..so it maybe an overkill..but hey..compare the prices and why the hell not get it? 100AU for 2xGPU with Quad SLI future path..why not :O..infact i am gonna grab the 8950GX2 when it comes out ><

Now that will be something to see...the 8950 GX2! :drooling:

shungokusatsu
08-13-06, 04:44 AM
LOL!! I only play games with everything maxed out.:D
If that's true and you use at least 1600x1200, then Quad is the way to go. Nothing tops playing FEAR on a 30" maxed out with amazing fps. Even at lower resolutions, you can use 8x AA/16x AF or higher. And older games like CS 1.6 and Q3 look insane at 32x AA :D

K007
08-13-06, 05:46 AM
If you look arround the GX2 price is very close to the GTX/XTX..and if your system can handle Quad SLI then it would be a waste of money to go SLI GTX instead of Quad SLI..

SH64
08-13-06, 08:27 AM
For the current time only a handful games support Quad SLI .. while most of the games either take a very little advantage of it or do not at all.

so for now i think Quad SLI is only worth it for graphics cards ultra-uber-super enthusiasts or hardware technology beta testers if you will , but for the avarage consumer ?? no i dont think its worth it.

P.S. : i didnt vote because i couldnt find the option that exactly describes my thoughts.

K007
08-13-06, 08:50 AM
Well its the question of going SLI or not...

Quad SLI or normal SLI (GT/GTX) the price is what you wanna look at in the end.

For me in Australia the 7900GTX would cost 1600AU...Quad SLI will cost 1800AU. Weather you want to go Quad SLI or standard SLI..its still for those highend people..but if you have the cash..its better to spend that extra 200AU and go Quad SLI because chances are most popular games will have support for it..

Hell even the Single GX2 is really good for its price..100AU more and you get a really powerfull card for a fraction of the price of a SLI setup (GTX) and you open your door to Quad SLI to really give a good boost when needed..

But i think first we need some solid drivers..and nvidia has done really well with the SLI and i am sure nvidia will keep Quad SLI on there list of things to do..and i sure as hell cant wait for the 8950GX2...lol..its gonna kick soo much ass.

ShiningArcanine
08-13-06, 10:37 AM
It is pretty much impossible to passively cool two GPUs, so that would mean having extremely noisy fans cool them. Cooling four GPUs is even worse, so I do not think it is worth it. Hopefully around the G90, Nvidia will have a GPU that can outperform four G71s while consuming less power than a single G71.

PaiN
08-13-06, 12:15 PM
IMO, if you're running a high-end vid 1900XT/XTX or 7900GT/GTX (with a "normal" size monitor)there is no need for an SLI setup, its a waste. So.....too me, QSLI is double the waste.
I said this before, by the time any game comes along the could benefit from a QSLI setup you spend $1600-$2000 on today, the cards will be so out dated a new top-end single GPU will out perform it.

Mr_LoL
08-13-06, 12:26 PM
What about at 2560 x 1600 resolution? I think quad sli is only worth it if you are going to game at this resolution.

Dragoran
08-13-06, 12:32 PM
NO, unless you have money and don't know what to do with it.

jAkUp
08-13-06, 01:07 PM
I say at resolutions above 1920x1200 its definetely not a waste, as a few games do benefit, but it may be wiser to wait for G80.

Tikiman44
08-13-06, 01:15 PM
I say at resolutions above 1920x1200 its definetely not a waste, as a few games do benefit, but it may be wiser to wait for G80.

$300 for the EVGA 7900 GT 512 sounds like such a good deal...hopefully I will be able to Step-Up to G80 if I buy them. In other words hopefully G80 is released within the next 90 days like I said in another thread.

But the thought of 4 GPU's in my new Conroe rig makes me:drooling:!

shoman24v
08-13-06, 01:26 PM
Here's why I just got a second BFG 7800GTX OC for SLi.

I have a beastly CPU, an AMD X2 3800+ running 2.8GHz @ 1.36v on air (nana2) and if I water cool should see 3.0GHz :) I recently upgraded my monitor from a 17" to a 20.1" widescreen supporting a native resolution of 1680x1050, and of course my fps went down @ native. FarCry running at that resolution with 4x aa and 16x af only averages about 30fps, CSS gets about 65fps in the stress test. I know that I'm not CPU limited, so another card will suit me well. One card is struggling to push 1680x1050 so it's wise for me to upgrade. I'm not going to buy into the "I must have the newest card becasue it's the cool thing" since the next DX10 card are soon to come and because I'm not dumping $1,000 on that bs. Quad SLi is "cool" but it doesn't perform as well as four cards should IMO.

One new BFG 7800GTX OC for SLi cost me $291 ;)

I should be ready for Crysis.

Just get something that makes you happy, that's what it comes down to.

HeavyH20
08-13-06, 02:14 PM
If you want to see what QUAD SLI can do for you, check out the latest article at Guru3d.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/369

With high AA and AF settings, it can be worth it. Synthetic benchmarks do not really push QUAD too hard since they are all at lower resolutions. If you have a big monitor, it is worth the change.

Bman212121
08-13-06, 02:26 PM
Here's why I just got a second BFG 7800GTX OC for SLi.

I have a beastly CPU, an AMD X2 3800+ running 2.8GHz @ 1.36v on air (nana2) and if I water cool should see 3.0GHz :) I recently upgraded my monitor from a 17" to a 20.1" widescreen supporting a native resolution of 1680x1050, and of course my fps went down @ native. FarCry running at that resolution with 4x aa and 16x af only averages about 30fps, CSS gets about 65fps in the stress test. I know that I'm not CPU limited, so another card will suit me well. One card is struggling to push 1680x1050 so it's wise for me to upgrade. I'm not going to buy into the "I must have the newest card becasue it's the cool thing" since the next DX10 card are soon to come and because I'm not dumping $1,000 on that bs. Quad SLi is "cool" but it doesn't perform as well as four cards should IMO.

One new BFG 7800GTX OC for SLi cost me $291 ;)

I should be ready for Crysis.

Just get something that makes you happy, that's what it comes down to.

Holy Hell! I can't keep mine stable over 2.6ghz, and even then I'm at 1.5v. I see you have a toledo though, is that newer or older than the manchester?

EDIT: NVM, I just looked it up and I guess I do have a toledo, so why does mine suck then? :(

jAkUp
08-13-06, 02:29 PM
Yea thats a good OC, however, I really doubt you will see 3GHz even with watercooling.

shoman24v
08-13-06, 02:43 PM
Yea thats a good OC, however, I really doubt you will see 3GHz even with watercooling.

http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/396/untitled2am0.jpg

;)

I get about 2.9GHz with 1.44v but my value ram maxxes out. And my temps are up there.

Bman212121
08-13-06, 02:50 PM
Yours must be the lucky one, mine is week 69, year 04 and all the other numbers are identical.

Tikiman44
08-13-06, 04:49 PM
If you want to see what QUAD SLI can do for you, check out the latest article at Guru3d.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/369

With high AA and AF settings, it can be worth it. Synthetic benchmarks do not really push QUAD too hard since they are all at lower resolutions. If you have a big monitor, it is worth the change.

FROM THE ARTICLE:

And hey that's okay as testing Quad SLI most certainly is an indication of what to expect in the future... you didn't think about that one just yet did you? I'm not saying that Quad SLI is worth the money, contrary I doubt it as I would never put in this kind of money for extra performance in high AA modes. But I just can't deny that there is a very small segment of people out there that will consider it as a viable option for their PC. The progress that has been made by NVIDIA ever since the last May to July has been impressive to say the least. But you do need to game at these insane resolutions and high AA levels, if you intend to play with only 4 samples of AA and 16 levels AF at 1920x1200 or lower; then this solution obviously is not for you. In fact I'd recommend you to go for two 7900 512MB GTX's as they are clocked faster than the GX2's and thus will bring you a higher overall framerate with these more conservative/industry standard image quality settings. Only the highest in everything applies.

Interesting...well I think I am going to take your advice jAkUp and go with the 2 7900 GT 512's.:D The only things good that will come from having 4 GPU's in my rig are first and foremost bragging rights:p, and secondly I will have more Credit when I Step-Up.