Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: 2x8800GT vs. 9800GX2

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    8
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Question 2x8800GT vs. 9800GX2

    Hi, I think the tittle pretty much says it.
    I'm about to put up together my dream rig.

    Motherboard: EVGA 132-CK- NF79 LGA775 nForce790i Ultra SLI DDR3
    CPU: Intel Q 9450
    CPU Fan/Heatsink: Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
    RAM: OCZ Platinum 2x2Gb DDR3 1600 (PC 12800)
    GPUs: 2 x EVGA Nvidia 9800 GTX 512Mb updated
    HDD: 3 x WD Caviar AAKS SATA 3.0Gb/s 500Gb updated
    DVD Rom: 2 x Lite On 20X DVD R
    PSU: ENERMAX Galaxy EGX850EWL 850W updated

    All on Vista64 Ultimate

    But I'm not 100% sold on the GPUs, (or as a matter of fact the PSU either) should I go for the above SLI setup or only 1 Nvidia 9800GX2 1Gb??? (and why?)
    I don't understand how SLI works, would that setup give me 1Gb or just the 512 with twice the bandwidth?
    And if I have a game that doesn't support SLI, would that mean that only one of the cards would be working while using that software?
    Thanks,
    Fernando
    Last edited by ferincr; 05-10-2008 at 01:14 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    jonnyGURU forums, of course!
    Posts
    16,073
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    539
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    274
    Thanked in
    198 Posts

    Default

    Nvidia GX2 cards aren't like ATI X2 cards that share the 1GB. You essentially have just two 512MB cards, period.

    One GX2 is much faster than even two 8800 GT's in every way shape and form. You're not comparing apples to apples because the 9800 GX2 is much more than just two 8800 GT's slapped together. It's a better G92 part.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    8
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    jonnyGURU,
    Thanks for the reply, it seems like it's going to be a single 9800GX2 1Gb according to what you said.
    Thanks,
    Fernando

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    jonnyGURU forums, of course!
    Posts
    16,073
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    539
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    274
    Thanked in
    198 Posts

    Default

    If the budget allows it.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    13
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    I'm going to have to side with jonny on this one. I've run both dual GTs and now a GX2, and I prefer the GX2 over the the GTs. Not only does it generally perform better, but the driver is designed to make your GX2 act like a single card instead of two. Basically, you enable dual gpu performance and forget it.

    That being said, the 8800GT Akimbo is a bad value. If you want to go with two cheaper cards in SLI, go with vanilla 8800GT 512MB cards (don't get the 256MB version). You can pick up two vanilla GTs for $350ish, which is a lot cheaper than the a GX2. If you want to shell out extra for the Akimbo cards, just move up to dual 8800GTSes - you'll get the better cooler and better cards overall. Dual GTSes in SLI at around $500ish would be a better comparison to the GX2 both price and performance wise.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    8
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    Hi again,
    I updated some of the stuff up there since the last post here.
    After the 8800gt's I decided to go with the GX2 due to your suggestions and then I found an article about 9800GTX/ GTX SLIx2/ SLIx3 vs. GX2 / GX2 SLIx4 and it seems like that is the best bang for the buck

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-13-2009, 10:09 PM
  2. Corsair TX 750w Enough for 9800gx2 SLI?
    By Raptorrr in forum PC Power Supply Discussion
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 03-21-2008, 02:53 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •