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DoomUK
01-26-07, 08:01 AM
Current specs in sig. I wish to a) boost the performance in my existing DX9 rig, and b) get a DX10-ready setup in waiting for Crysis and what have you. Quite simply, should I purchase dual 8800GTS's, or wait around for the next batch of DX10 cards (R600 et all) to make a final decision?

Before you ask, an 8800GTX SLI setup is out of the question, and one single 8800GTX would not offer a substancial performance boost to justify the cost (unless someone wants to pursuade me otherwise :)).

Thanks in advance.

SLippe
01-26-07, 09:27 AM
...and one single 8800GTX would not offer a substancial performance boost to justify the cost (unless someone wants to pursuade me otherwise :)).
You would have a performance boost from your current setup to a single 8800GTX. A single 7900GT beats a single 7800GTX and the 8800 series are killin' everything! Not hard to figure out. I don't know though, if I could afford two 8800GTS cards or a single GTX, that would be tough for me...well, maybe not, I'd buy the GTX. Just think when you can afford to add another and have SLI GTX! Uh? C'mon, man.

skoprowski
01-26-07, 09:48 AM
I just stepped up from a 8800GTS to a GTX and the difference was more apparent than I had thought. I run most games at 1600 x 1200. I originally had intentions of going SLI with my GTS down the road but decided not to because of the additional cost of buying a new power supply and looking at various benchmarks that indicate SLI really is not needed for the resolution I play at.

ViN86
01-26-07, 10:40 AM
personally id wait for R600.

if you dont want to wait get a 8800GTS KO with ACS3 (from eVGA)
such a sechsay card :naughty:

iron99
01-26-07, 12:00 PM
I'd also wait for the R600 to be released for two reasons.
1. The R600 might be much better then the G80's.
2. The release of the R600 will most likely cause a price drop for the G80's.

Good Luck DoomUK in your upgrade :)

DoomUK
01-27-07, 08:31 AM
Thanks all for your advice so far :)


What I'm now contemplating is a single 8800GTX. Could someone tell me, or give me some links to 7800GTX SLI vs (single) 8800GTX performance information, at a resolution of 1280*1024? So far the only concrete performance stats I have found is @ much higher resolutions... Also I am concerned about my PSU; I know that 8800GTX SLI would certainly require a PSU upgrade, but what about a single 8800GTX?

Thanks again.

SLippe
01-27-07, 11:33 AM
Your PSU is fine for at least a single GTX.

XDanger
01-27-07, 12:02 PM
i cant remember the name of the unreleased g80 mid range cards but i would like to know how they fare in sli, this is from a budget buyers perspective.

tacos4me
01-27-07, 12:38 PM
Thanks all for your advice so far :)


What I'm now contemplating is a single 8800GTX. Could someone tell me, or give me some links to 7800GTX SLI vs (single) 8800GTX performance information, at a resolution of 1280*1024? So far the only concrete performance stats I have found is @ much higher resolutions... Also I am concerned about my PSU; I know that 8800GTX SLI would certainly require a PSU upgrade, but what about a single 8800GTX?

Thanks again.

If you're going to be running at 1280x1024 you should probably go with a single GTS, as the GTX really shines at higher resolutions, and 8 series SLI at 1280x1024 is kinda overkill right now. A single GTS would be more than enough for that resolution, and you can always go SLI when things do start getting a little too slow. Save yourself some money, or maybe even think about a C2D/Q rig. :)

Redeemed
01-28-07, 12:08 AM
If you're going to be running at 1280x1024 you should probably go with a single GTS, as the GTX really shines at higher resolutions, and 8 series SLI at 1280x1024 is kinda overkill right now. A single GTS would be more than enough for that resolution, and you can always go SLI when things do start getting a little too slow. Save yourself some money, or maybe even think about a C2D/Q rig. :)

Good advice.

To put that into perspective:

I have a s754 3400, 2GB DDR500, and two 8800GTSs.

I can play practically everygame out there at 1920x1440 with 16xAA and 16xAF with all in-game options maxed as well. Now, if I had a faster proc (i.e. E6600 @ 3.5GHz) I'd probably gain aroud 15 to 20fps in games. So if my system is already bull-dozing through anything I throw at it, imagine how much better these cards will perform under DX10- as DX10 is supposed to offer some performance jumps.

So, with a proc like yours and a single 8800GTS- you'd be more than ready. And if it ever did start to chug (which I doubt it will for quite some time) you can always drop a second GTS in there.

You can pick up a BFG GTS for about $360. Use the other couple hundred $$$ that you saved and pick up either a better cooler for your CPU or a new CPU and better cooler altogether. That's what I'm doing- I'm going with an Opty 185 with the ASUS A8N32 SLi.

Then later when I get a C2 based rig the one with the Opty can become a secondary gaming rig. Maybe you could take a similar route? ;)

Either way, you'll enjoy the 8800s. They are pure beasts. :D