View Full Version : Just to clarify: 7 series SLI in Vista?

02-14-07, 12:10 PM
Okay, I'm prepping to do the big Vista change over, but I am little worried about all the "SLI doesn't work!" in Vista talk. Is this the case? I am going to be screwed out of my 7900's in SLI when I move to Vista? I was going to try and hold off upgrading my video card until the 8900 series refresh happens, but it seems like I am going to either a) have to wait for Vista drivers to support the 7 series in SLI, or b) buy an 8800 series single card that can keep up with my 7900's.

For that matter, will one of the new 320MB 8800GTS's keep up with my 7900GT's in SLI? I would lose some video RAM, but I don't play anything terribly video RAM intensive right now as is. I am more worried about raw horse power. Worst case, I could splurge for an 8800GTS with 640MB of RAM, but I am hard pressed to justify going with a 600 dollar GTX right now.

02-14-07, 12:30 PM
No Sli in Vista yet for our cards but by all accounts I've seen, any 8800 series card is going to be faster than what you and I have now.

That said, there still may be cases where your rig is going to game faster under XP than it would with an 8800 card under Vista but I don't expect that to be the case very long and from what I can tell, an 8800GTX under Vista is faster in all cases than my 7800GTX's under XP so I'm getting an 8800GTX as soon as I get the funds together.

02-14-07, 01:09 PM
Why don't you just hold off then?
Or use one 7900.

If you game at low res the 320 meg will be fine.

02-14-07, 01:48 PM
Why don't you just hold off then?
Or use one 7900.

If you game at low res the 320 meg will be fine.

I game at 1680x1050, my monitors max res.

02-14-07, 01:56 PM
SLI for cards lesser than the 8800 is for March they announced :)

02-14-07, 03:31 PM
# DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs and DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available in a future driver

From the 100.64 release notes.

02-14-07, 03:39 PM
Newegg lists the 320MB 8800 GTS's at $300 to $310.....why not just get the 640 meg version?...After rebate they're only about $50 more, would be a safer bet for upcoming DX10 games. If your plan is to get a 320MB 8800GTS and get a second one later...I would personally wait as that will cost you more than a single 8800 GTX which will in all likely hood beat a 320MB 8800GTS SLI setup in those upcoming DX10 games.

02-14-07, 03:45 PM
I found an 8800GTX here local for 519, but I am wondering if I should wait until I can get an eVGA Superclocked or ACS3 version. I prefere eVGA (which the 519 one is, but it's a base 8800, not the Superclocked ones).

I know I could OC it myself, but from what I've heard, eVGA cherry picks their GPU's for the Superclocked/ACS3 cards, meaning you have a better chance of getting a clockable GPU.