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8600GTS Sli vs. 8800GTS 320/640mb single card

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My brother is selling his pc and wants to know if 2 8600GTS is better than A 8800GTS 320mb Single card, A 8800GTS 640mb Single card.
I say the 8600GTS in SLI is better that 1 8800GTS 320mb, but I have no clue about the 640mb variation.

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post #2 of 18
I would say he should get the 8800gts 320mb and get a 2nd one later when he needs it.
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I would have said that it's better than both if you are running at higher than average resolutions. However no matter how you try, the SLI'ed 8600's won't have as much texture memory as either the 8800GTS 320mb or 640mb... This is what DX10 games will need in the future and will definetely help.

He should get the 8800GTS 640mb. He can always SLi these later, and the 640mb of texture memory and more unified shaders than the 8600GTS will give him a big advantage into the latest generation (DX10) of graphical gaming

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I would say he should get the 8800gts 320mb and get a 2nd one later when he needs it.
Nah. For a little more, get the 640mb version while you can. Most manufacturers stopped making these as more were buying 320MB versions, but the 640MB of texture memory, like I said, will show its true colours over 320MB, and people who bought 320MB will be kicking themselves in the back once they see why.
    
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post #4 of 18
Yeah it might be a little better performance with 8600 GTS' in SLI but when they get outdated he will have nowhere to turn. It's better to get a single powerhouse card with a SLI ready mobo/PSU so he can add to it in the long run without re-buildin his whole PC.
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I'd go with the single 8800GTS, either 320MB or 640MB over the SLI 8600. Why? Because I can SLI with the 8800GTS later on, but you'll just have to save some money.

That's what I would do.

Some SLI 8800GTS owners have sold their GTS and bought one GTX to go SLI GTX in the future.
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post #6 of 18
I think that even a single 8800GTS will own any 8600 SLI setup anyway.
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post #7 of 18
Single 8800GTS... either one is fine.

Note that the 8600GTS only has a 128bit memory interface. That will hinder performance, which is even more obvious in SLI.

The 8800GTS (both version) has a 320bit memory interface. Bandwidth galore.

Interesting benchmarks...
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1088/10

The 8600SLI takes the systhetic benchmarks (3DMark), while the single 8800GTS 640MB runs off with the gaming benchmarks (some by a wide margin).
    
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post #8 of 18
Getting either of the single cards will be cheaper as well
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Not by much ^^
Chozart had a very nice explanation of why he should get the 8800GTS.
Personally, from experience, the 640mb version > the 320mb version
    
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post #10 of 18
I'd suggest the 640MB version... 320 is just not enough storage for the textures.
Plus it's only $60 more.
    
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