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Old April 11, 2007, 10:55 AM
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Default One GTX or two GTS?

I am going shopping today and would to hear some feed back from you guys before I do. Now do I spend $700+ on a GTX or should I pick up a couple GTS's? And if I do either or which cards do I go with?

2 of theseEVGA E-GEFORCE 8800 GTS 500MHZ 320MB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card or something similar?


Or one of these EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800 GTX KO ACS3 PCI-E 626MHZ 768MB 2.0GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card or something similar?

And I need to know is it really worth the extra cash to go with a 626MHZ 768MB 2.0GHZ card opposed to a 575MHZ 768MB 1.8GHZ There is roughly a $100 difference in price but would it be justified in a performance gain?

Any suggestion would rock my world.

Thanks fellas.
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Old April 11, 2007, 11:29 AM
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I personally dont think the performance gain from going from the 8800 GTS 320MB to the 8800GTX 768MB is worth the money, but this is IMO of course

If your going to try to hit awsome benchmark numbers then yes the GTX is the way to go, if you just want a good card with great gaming, then the GTS is great, and for the price of 318.99 at DC, you cant beat it

but thats just IMO
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Old April 11, 2007, 11:32 AM
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My rule of thumb is to buy the most expensive gpu you can afford- If you buy one GTX, it will be more than you need, and if someday perhaps it isn't then go for another- also those 320MB gts' won't be enough memory for future games (it isn't doubled with two cards).

I would also not spend extra money on a pre-overclocked card because you can do it yourself for free.
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Old April 11, 2007, 12:16 PM
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some good responces, however no-one has brought up the pros and cons of actually USING an sli system yet. Allow me...

The performance increases from SLI are clear and documented for all to see on hardware review sites. But from experience it really can be a royal pain in the but to run SLI. Driver issues (a-la-vista), game compatiability (a-la-CoH and other popular games) really do test ones tolerance of their own computer system. You also can't run multi-monitor on your PC when in SLI mode.

So if your still on the fence, consider that it can be a pain the the but to maintain versus a single video card gaming rig. If you feel you have heeps of time to spend tweeking and troubleshooting in return for dual GPU performance then SLI is your answer.



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Old April 11, 2007, 12:28 PM
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I'm with grinder on this one.

Given the choice between SLI or a single card solution the single card is probably the best choice.

From what I've read, the only exception to this rule is for folks who want to run really large monitors.

SLI apparently trumps high end single cards when running high resolutions.
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I agree- and if he goes for the single gtx- perhaps in a year down the road, the SLI drivers will be more refined so that it is much more practical to add another GTX if he can afford it.
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Thanks a lot guys, I am about to head to NCIX but before I do lets have a little discussion on which card we would prefer? Would we go with EVGA, or BFG or does it matter other then the almighty buck.

I am seeing better prices with EVGA at the moment. Now which card to go with?

Babrbarossa I see since I started writing this you posted, which GTX would you go with?

All of your input is greatly appreciated.
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Old April 11, 2007, 12:49 PM
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EVGA has excellent customer service (although I hear BFG is pretty good too) buit they are also cheaper and have a life-time guarantee on their products.

I also have a good link somehwere around here for an overclocking guide for GPUs- I'll look for it if you end up getting one and you want to OC- it tells you how to update the GPU bios with your new overclocked settings so that you don't need to keep resetting them after every re-start.

oh yeah- evga also has what's called a step-up program that allows you to trade in your GPU for a better model within three months of purchase by paying the difference- won't be an issue if you get the GTX though (unless they're going to include the Ultra in the program).

I also wouldn't try to run two 8800's with a 520W PSU.

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evga also comes with supreme commander at NCIX....
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Old April 11, 2007, 01:04 PM
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No I am not going to be running 2 video cards, I will be running one video card from what you guys have said here today. (I knew I didn't have enough power to run 2 @ 550W)

But what video card would you suggest? and you said EVGA is cheaper and comes with a life time warrenty? or was it BFG? That was a little confusing how you worded it.
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