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Old March 16, 2008, 08:15 AM
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Here is my current system setup. Ambient internal temps on both sensors are 23C (which happens to be the room temp as well).

Running @ 3.6 day to day. My 3dmark06 score is below as well

Lapped my TRUE with excellent results, max cpu load under orthos 52C on any core.
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Old March 16, 2008, 08:22 AM
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Nice!! Great score too- so why not just grab another gt for tri SLI instead of selling the two you have? what are you getting?
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Old March 16, 2008, 08:37 AM
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Looks great!

What are you cooling with the spot cool? Looks like it's mainly directed at the backside of one vid card.
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Old March 16, 2008, 08:41 AM
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First, the can't use the GT for TRI-SLI only gtx and ultra (you need two connectors). I have my GT's for sale here with the plan to buy 3 gtx for tri-sli (although its funny because I had 2 gtx last year and sold them and 2 GT in sli are actually faster than 2 gtx)

Second, the antec spotcool is in place of the stock cooler on the EVGA 780i NB. The stock cooler sounded like a little jet engine and did not provide great cooling. The antec spotcool cost me $12 and my MCP temps never exceed 54C even under full load overclocked. Also it has a 3 speed fan and at medium is much quieter than stock.
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Old March 16, 2008, 08:57 AM
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oh wow- I just assumed that the GT would have two connectors since it's so much newer- strange that there aren't more cards with two- it's not like NVidia just came up with the tri SLI idea in the last couple of months. I guess it adds to the price of the card.
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Old March 16, 2008, 09:02 AM
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Its not a manufacturing cost issue. It allows nvidia to properly segment their cards and also ensures (at least they hope) that the 8800GTX and 8800 Ultra existing stock will sell for Tri-SLI.

Why would anyone buy a gtx or ultra now? The GT and the new 512 MB GTS actually beat the much more expensive cards in almost every test (I know personally as I have had both).

Believe me if I could get 3 8800Gt running in Tri-SLI I would be one happy camper.
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Old March 16, 2008, 09:53 AM
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But it sounds like you might not see any improvement with three GTXs over the two GTs. Seems like a big expense for potentially meager results.
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Old March 16, 2008, 11:59 AM
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littlratt at OCN has 3 gtx in SLI with a quad running at 4ghz. His 3dmark06 score is around 23k... I get 19k at 3.6ghz. Even pushing my cpu up would not scale that much.

also newer drivers will improve its performance just like it did when sli was released.
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Old March 16, 2008, 12:45 PM
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I'm just wondering why you need all this power yet you only have a 22" screen? Shouldn't you look into 24" or 30" to actually make all the power useful?
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I've been speccing a larger monitor for several months. Just can't decide on which one.
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