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Is it really worth it?

post #1 of 9
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I was just wondering if it would really be worth getting (2) real high end cards (8800GTX or GTS series) in a new build gaming rig. Where would I notice the difference (IE which games etc.)? Would it be that big of a difference from say (1) 8800GTX/8800GTS? A friend of mine has a very high end computer and video card and its far smoother than mine, but would 2 of those cards be that much smoother than his is now in certain games? Thanks
post #2 of 9
Depends on the resolution you play at, and what settings you have enabled...

Also factor in possible CPU/RAM bottlenecks.

But honestly, outside of benchmarks, you won't tell a great difference between single and Sli when it comes to the 8800.. The main thing I notice is that I can gives games an extra bump in AA and AF without a performance hit.
post #3 of 9
If you're gaming at 1920x1200 or higher than getting SLI is most likely a necessity if you plan on gaming at full resolution/details. Anything lower than that and you should be fine with a single GTX. SLI still has numerous problems with individual games, Vista, not to mention requiring a bigger PSU, specific mobo, higher noise etc...my SLI rig is sorely under utilized and next time I'll be sticking to a single card solution if possible.

Still, it doesnt hurt to plan for the future -a good 650i SLI board is only $120
post #4 of 9
To me, gaming at anything other than huge resolutions a single 8800GTX or GTS will do it and do it very well. But this is the ultimate upgrade path in that you can add another, as needed later on and likely get a very long lifespan out of your system. There's been very few points in the past 5-6 years where you could set yourself up for something like that and at least be reasonably future proofed on the graphics side.
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Tenkaipalm View Post

Depends on the resolution you play at, and what settings you have enabled...

Also factor in possible CPU/RAM bottlenecks.


I agree SLI won't help one bit with lower resolutions and the CPU will be the bottleneck at higher resolutions (especially online with 20-30 players). Also, a newer generation card (like Nvidia's planned 65nm) can equel two previous gen's in SLI, so go with SLI/CRossfire only if you have money to burn.
post #6 of 9
What games does bigbeef want to play?
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
battlefield 2, oblivion, s.t.a.l.k.e.r., Command and Conquer 3, etc..
post #8 of 9
At 1920x1080 (if thats the resolution supported by your TV) you'll be fine with a 8800GTS 640Mb or a GTX -but thats for DX9 games...nobody knows what DX10 performance is actually like at 1920x1080 (or any resolution for that matter) with these DX10 cards cos there isn't any software/benchmarks or games out that use DX10.

This is the main reason why I'm holding off buying anything at all -I wanna see what the DX10 benchmarks are like for R600 / G80 before making a decision.
post #9 of 9
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thanks for the information. I've never seen battlefield2 or C&C3 with the FPS and all settings high..does it make a huge difference in actual game play?? Current computer cant handle it.
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