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Note also that the 8800GTS overclocks nicely (at least mine does)

Anyone having trouble with 11,816 3DMark06 on a single 8800GTS 640MB at 675/2210 and an E6420 @ 3.4GHz?
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Originally Posted by JohnRogers View Post
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

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.
I completely agree with you here and that is why I myself spent the extra to secure a 640mb version. I know that down the road I may have trouble finding a second card to match but for now I have one. Besides, I will have to upgrade my PS to accommodate two 8800GTS anyway lol.

So to conclude I would go with the single 8800GTS and to agree with Chozart, the 8600 only has the 128 bit interface which can be a huge bottleneck even now and definitely will be with next generation games.
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Yep... the 640MB version does kick... well whatever you want it to kick
    
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Can it kick you in the nose?
    
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post #15 of 18
Get the 8800GTS. Even in SLI with the 8600GTS you only get 64 shaders while the 8800GTS gives you 96 shaders.
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post #16 of 18
I'd go with an 8800GTS 640 and sli that when/if it becomes necessary.

Here's an 8600GTS OC - SLI Performance Analysis:

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1088

Pay particular attention to the real-world gaming results, specifically at higher resolutions.
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See my first post for the same link / comment

But seriously, it's worth repeating it, since it's gaming that matters most.

It remains interesting that the SLI takes the sythetics while the single 8800GTS takes the games. I guess 3DMark focuses a little more on raw GPU power and less on GDDR and stuff like that.
    
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doh!!!
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