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Originally I was going to get dual 8800GTS 640MB's, but then dropped down to dual 8800GTS 320MB's to save ~$250 (since performance between the two was similar).

 

But then I was thinking...the two 8800GTS 320MB's I wanted would cost $650 total.

 

A single 8800 GTX (the same evga KO ACS Edition) would cost "just" $630.

 

Unfortunately I can't seem to find benches that include SLI results (including Tom's Hardware VGA Charts), but wouldn't I be better off getting just one GTX instead of two GTS's? It would also have the added benefit of allowing me to add a second one down the road (though I doubt that'd happen).

 

The only problem I foresee is it being an extra 1.5" long (that's what she said). I'm not home right now to check if it'd fit in my current case or not, but it'll be close <_>

 

Thoughts?

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Originally I was going to get dual 8800GTS 640MB's, but then dropped down to dual 8800GTS 320MB's to save ~$250 (since performance between the two was similar).

 

But then I was thinking...the two 8800GTS 320MB's I wanted would cost $650 total.

 

A single 8800 GTX (the same evga KO ACS Edition) would cost "just" $630.

 

Unfortunately I can't seem to find benches that include SLI results (including Tom's Hardware VGA Charts), but wouldn't I be better off getting just one GTX instead of two GTS's? It would also have the added benefit of allowing me to add a second one down the road (though I doubt that'd happen).

 

The only problem I foresee is it being an extra 1.5" long (that's what she said). I'm not home right now to check if it'd fit in my current case or not, but it'll be close <_<.

 

Thoughts?

If you already had a single GTS it would be a no brainer IMO, but the single higher end card would be a better buy. Even though you do not plan on it, down the road when it is time for an upgrade you can snag a used GTX off ebay and save a ton vs a new card and still get the same performance. Thats what I did recently - my second X1900XT master card was only 200 shipped! I didnt realize how cpu limited dual cards are though...now I want a new proc/mobo/ram to really squeeze the performance out of them - Phenom, anyone??? :lol:

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The only problem I foresee is it being an extra 1.5" long (that's what she said).
:lol:

In my opinion the GTX would be a better choice, and as you said that could be SLI'd later on if the money emerges from your rear...

Edited by Andrewr05

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i say either wait intill november or get a single 8800gts and get a 9800Gt when it comes out.

 

its soo close why waste money now

Because nobody really knows when the 9 series is coming out, and I've already lost my 6800GT, so I'm without anything right now :(

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Tom's Hardware does have a Dual/Quad VGA chart and it looks like the used a nearly identical system for both single/SLI benchmarks (only the motherboard was different).

 

Looking at the 3dmark2006 benchmark score for 1280X1024x32 with 4xAA and 8xAF (i picked that chart since i game at those settings the most)...

 

8800 GTX 576mhz GPU, 1800mhz memory, 768MB DDR3 - 3776

 

SLI 8800 GTS OC (factory overclocked) 575 mhz GPU, 1700mhz memory, 320MB DDR3 - 5289

 

I went with SLI eVga 8800 GTS OC cards and perfectly happy (coming from a Radeon 9700pro). :lol: I'll probably upgrade the video cards once in a year or two depending on how things turn out (i'm having very mild flashes of remorse for not splurging for the 640MB cards, but i'll remedy that with the next upgrade). :D

Edited by Psydotek

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Ah yeah, just found those charts...don't know why I couldn't find it the other day...probably because i was searching for "sli" instead of "dual". Interesting results. At 1280x1024, for the most part the dual 8800GTS's come out on top, though as you get to higher res, the difference tightens, sometimes with the 8800GTX taking the lead...it depends on the game, which is one of the problems with going SLI. However, it should also be noted they're using a vanilla GTX. For whatever reason, they don't have results from an OC'd one, only the OC'd GTS's.

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Because nobody really knows when the 9 series is coming out, and I've already lost my 6800GT, so I'm without anything right now :(

 

But still I don't see the point why buy an 8 series card when there only going to be top of the line for 2 or 3 more months and then the 9 series are going to come out and then $630 dollars goes down the drain. I doubt nvidia is going to hold back there 9 series cards for 5-6 months so whats a little bit longer of a wait going to do to ya?

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