Let's talk video cards

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby HangOver on Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:31 pm

nic unless you're doing it just because you just want to try SLI i wouldn't bother. i did SLI on two 8800gts cards and the only difference i noticed was heat. spend the money on a better single card solution.

just a frame of reference, i'm running a c2d 3ghz with 4gb of ram and 1 8800gts vid card. nothing cutting edge at all but it runs all the new stuff pretty smooth at 1920x1080. i was gonna upgrade but this is working fine for me now.

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby -PC-Taishar on Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:16 pm

I don't know robb. Every benchmark I'm looking at online pretty much shows a 100% increase from one video card to two. 52fps to 100, 48 fps to 95...so on.

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby HangOver on Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:14 pm

really? maybe i did something wrong lol.

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby BlueSix on Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:55 pm

My opinion is that it's better to get a faster single card than to buy SLI off the bat. If you need more power later, grab another card (at rock bottom price since it's probably old now) and do SLI.

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby zel on Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:59 pm

BlueSix wrote:My opinion is that it's better to get a faster single card than to buy SLI off the bat. If you need more power later, grab another card (at rock bottom price since it's probably old now) and do SLI.


That's pretty much been my modus of operation, makes more sense in the long run.

I also don't usually top out my CPU since its usually not necessary and later on when the prices drop I pass on my old CPU to my kid's machine and grab a newer one :P

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby MaDSpartus on Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:50 pm

i agree with the 1gpu approach. much less headache, less heat, less noise, and probably the same performance in the end, unless you get 2x top of the line

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby MaDSpartus on Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:52 pm

oh and ive never bought a top of the line cpu before, but thats because its never been only low $300's before. this time they didnt have a 2500k and i felt like splurging. normally top of the line means extreme series intel for $1000 +

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby zel on Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:57 pm

I was just saying generically, wasn't pointing fingers :P

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby mantronic on Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:29 pm

1 gpu is easier definitely but be careful if you do want to do sli later on dont wait too long they make these cards extremely hard to get after end of life

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby zel on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:26 am

mantronic wrote:1 gpu is easier definitely but be careful if you do want to do sli later on dont wait too long they make these cards extremely hard to get after end of life


Yea, i would consider 1 1/2 years about the limit, thats what happened to me :(

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby -wicked-toon-X on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:49 pm

damn 1 1/2 years? shit my pc is like 4 years old. fawk.

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby zel on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:01 pm

Well in reference to waiting to buy a second card. 1.5 years after i bought it, it was no longer for sale. My build however is a bit over 2 years and still running strong, could be stronger with a second card but at this point i'd have to buy it used :/

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby [Creep]-Tyrant on Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:38 pm

Toon said "damn 1 1/2 years? shit my pc is like 4 years old. fawk."

I feel ya man, the newest part of my rig is even older than that, haha.

Plays LOL and WoW just fine though, but I am definitely noticing the weakness of my system trying some of the newer stuff.

I am running a single core CPU and still using my more-than-ancient Western Digital 120gb IDE HDD's (x2)
AMD 4000+ @ 2.4Ghz on a FoxCom "WinFAST" mobo (generic cheapo)
3Gb Corsair Xtreme PC 3200 (DDR 400) Ram
Nvidia 8600gts (256mb) vid card

Pretty old stuff overall but still kicking, and very random about which new games will work and which will not, for example Fallout New Vegas runs great, with details in the mid ranges yet Need For Speed Shift2 (Hot Pursuit) runs horribly.

Anyway, my 2 cents worth.

Prior to this motherboard I had a crossfire mobo and 2 ATI HD 2900's, which performed about the same as this does. That was a name brand high-end mobo with 2 512mb vid cards on crossfire and yet what I have now performs just about the same, I saw no difference using 2 vid cards vs using 1 except in Farcry 2 where I did gain a considerable FPS advantage, however Farcry did as good with one of those ATI cards as it did with both, the FPS gain wasn't the crossfire apparently, I played using this 8600GTS and then using both ATI Cards, then using just one ATI Card, for whatever reason the game just liked the ATI cards better even when it was just one. Using both cards on crossfire gave me about 4 more FPS over using just one, and approx 15-20 FPS over using the Nvidia card. I think this might just be the difference in video ram since both the ATI cards are 512 each vs the Nvidia which is just 256mb.

Anywho, none of that matter cuz all my crap is old, decrepit and ancient......like me :)

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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby -PC-Taishar on Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:53 pm

Holy crap look at this beast!!!!
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Re: Let's talk video cards

Postby -PC-Taishar on Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:55 pm

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This thing is STUPID HUGE.

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