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You do realise Ultras actually draw less power than GTX's.
I agree Cog, but isn't it in the range of about 2 Watts less?
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Yes. However, my system was definitely unstable under the 850w.

Does the QX6700 draw more power than e6600?
Since it has double the cores,yes.
Its two E6700 chips together.
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^^NVM.............. i looked around a bit and this seems normal.........


this one has sli too and also 16x N/A

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=2083047
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Oh, YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM is Vista.

Running Vista is bad enough for gaming performance, but Vista SLI drivers are THE SUCK.

So reformat with XP (or buy a cheap Raptor and install XP on it and keep it as a benchmarking drive), and use that.

That should be your first step.
.... I nearly match his score and im on vista. Anything under 16000 for that setup is not good.
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Imagine my surprise! Basically each point gain COST ME $1.00
I've said this before, but SLI is not really that great. There are very few instances where you need it or where it's actually beneficial.

and 2 ULTRAs is just pointless and a waste of money IMO
    
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Hey nitteo ,


Hey man, not sure maybe it could help. Do you happen to have any Logitech USB (like G7 or G15) on your rig? I'm not even sure if this is specific to Logitech, so it still may help. But anyways, Vista has a nasty habit of adding too many HID devices, and it can deffinitely affect some games, and who knows maybe benches too? Vista adds unneeded HID devices, and then in efforts to support them all, borks your gaming up. I can tell you that it sure straightened out a fps issue I had with FEAR, and especially with the 8800GTS I just put in, it smokes. I have seen this help other Vista users now as well .

This is what you do: (or any of you running Vista who think your fps should be better, I'm curious to see how many others this helps)
Go to Device Manager
Click on Human Interface Devices
--Probably going to be quite a few there, and some of them are doing nothing but eating. For me anyway, I really only have my mouse and keyboard on usb. If you have more devices, you may not be able to disable as many, but you need to disable (not uninstall) all unused/not present HID devices. Hopefully MS will fix this soon, but this is the manual magic trick way.
--What I would do, is go down the list disabling each one, but test your keyboard after each one! Make sure it's working, cause you'll get to one that will disable your mouse, then you can use the handy Enter, Tab, and arrow keys to re-enable it back again . Of course, if you have other USB devices, and you disable one you want, just re-enable that particular HID device again .

Do that and reboot, who knows it may just boost your Vista game performance. I'm not sure what games/benches this will help with, but I don't think this is something isolated only to FEAR either. From reading around and my own experimenting, I think it's a combo problem between Vista (or Logitech?) USB bugs/vid drivers, and this seems to be a workaround. But please try that, and let us know if it helps at all with your benchies or any games . Other Vista users, give it a shot .

*Edit*--Oh and btw, nothing else I tried fixed my issues. Different drivers, more ram, disabling just about every dang background thing I possibly could. But I did this, and bam, worked great. I even re-enabled the HID's again after I got my 8800gts in, just to see, and performance in FEAR sucked again. Disabled them again, and now at all max settings, AA4x and aniso 8x, average is over 100fps maxing over 300.
    
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Since you just got these Graphics Card, and eVGA has an amazing warranty I would RMA both of them. Then, purchase one 8800 Ultra from the cheapest (reliable) website you can find.

At 1680x1050 you can run any game at maximum with plenty of AA/AF and FPS. I would wait until you cannot max out games to get the second card, prices will be lower. I'd spend the money you saved on 4x1GB of G. Skill DDR2-800 HZ Ram overclocked to DDR2-800 4-4-4-5 or DDR2-1000 4-4-4-12.

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I've said this before, but SLI is not really that great. There are very few instances where you need it or where it's actually beneficial.

and 2 ULTRAs is just pointless and a waste of money IMO
I agree. I could have purchased an Asus Striker Extreme, 2x 8800GTX's, and 4GB of OCZ Ram. But that would be a waste at 1280x1024. The Asus Striker Extreme is worse than the Asus P5N32-E 680i Motherboard, and $100 more; plus, I'll probably never use SLi. 8800GTX SLi at 1280x1024 is the defintion of overkill, and, OCZ Ram is overpriced and underperformanced. Just because I have the money does not mean I should waste it.

I would get 1 8800GTX or 1 8800 Ultra and be happy. WHO CARES ABOUT BENCHMARKS. Put your Quad Core back to stock; you can already max out any game.

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I think it's already determined he's a benchmark junkie... so let him be with his Ultra's
    
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I think it's already determined he's a benchmark junkie... so let him be with his Ultra's
But... Benchmarks are pointless. If you can run Crysis maxed out at your monitor's native resolution who cares if 10,000 people in the world have better benchmark scores than you?

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But... Benchmarks are pointless. If you can run Crysis maxed out at your monitor's native resolution who cares if 10,000 people in the world have better benchmark scores than you?

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That's your opinion. Some people think it's more fun to have that high benchmark than to play that game

Trust me, it feels good to be on top I've been there
    
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