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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Apollo4g View Post
the 8800 ultra is a bit over priced, just get the 8800 GTX's and have some fun overclocking them...
Yup Yup ! What he said !

Also, judging by your pieces parts, you have the Striker Extreme or the P5N32-E sli motherboard ?

If so, you definately need to get some aftermarket cooling on your NorthBridge. I got the EK chipset blocks as well as the mosfet Asus-1 blocks. Mosfets not nearly as essential as the chipset, I just got them for peace of mind.
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Yup Yup ! What he said !

Also, judging by your pieces parts, you have the Striker Extreme or the P5N32-E sli motherboard ?

If so, you definately need to get some aftermarket cooling on your NorthBridge. I got the EK chipset blocks as well as the mosfet Asus-1 blocks. Mosfets not nearly as essential as the chipset, I just got them for peace of mind.
Hehe well you won't like it then that I spent even more to get the XXX ... two of them http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/109...ion/index.html

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The core speed of the reference GeForce 8800 Ultra increased a modest 6% over the GeForce 8800 GTX (612MHz vs. 575MHz) while the shader processor increased 11% (1500MHz vs. 1350MHz). A 612MHz core is usually attainable by overclocking a GeForce 8800 GTX, but the 20% increase in the memory frequency (1080MHz vs. 900MHz) ultimately sets the Ultra apart from the GTX.
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Compared to the reference GeForce 8800 GTX, the core, shader, and memory clocks of XFX's GeForce 8800 Ultra XXX Edition provide an increase of 17.4%, 24.1% and 27.8% respectively.
The Ultra XXX does a lot more then the overclocked GTX's out there. Here's what they do in SLI for F.E.A.R. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUqB_tMY-jY

Also the GTX vs the Ultra XXX. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0e3hV-t51E Double the performance in lost planet

The mobo is a p5k64 using ddr3 memory.
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2 x OCZ SSD 128GB in Raid 0, 2x1.5TB Raid 1 Backup QNAP 509 - 7.5TB in Raid 5 NAS Vista 64-bit 3 x 24" Dell 
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2 x OCZ SSD 128GB in Raid 0, 2x1.5TB Raid 1 Backup QNAP 509 - 7.5TB in Raid 5 NAS Vista 64-bit 3 x 24" Dell 
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The performance increase is solely due to the factory overclock with the better air cooling setup to allow it to do so ... with watercooling you'd be able to do the same thing with your stock GTX. Probably even better.
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The performance increase is solely due to the factory overclock with the better air cooling setup to allow it to do so ... with watercooling you'd be able to do the same thing with your stock GTX. Probably even better.
Well out of the hundreds of GTX threads I've seen and overclocking results I have yet to see anything close.
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2 x OCZ SSD 128GB in Raid 0, 2x1.5TB Raid 1 Backup QNAP 509 - 7.5TB in Raid 5 NAS Vista 64-bit 3 x 24" Dell 
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post #15 of 16
Don't you think 2x 480mm radiators is a bit overkill? 2x 360mm would cover it, or even a 360mm and a 240mm.

EDIT: Personally, I would set up 2 loops, one with a 360 Rad for the 2 8800's, and one with a 240 Rad for the CPU. Chipset cooling is not needed, just get an aftermarket aircooler for it and you will be fine.
post #16 of 16
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Well out of the hundreds of GTX threads I've seen and overclocking results I have yet to see anything close.
http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=39342
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Sadly, my personal opinion is that the value of "Ultra" brand is a bit devalued with 8800 series. We have seen many 8800GTX boards that can be clocked higher than 612/2160, and if you really have $800 to spend - we would advise you to plunk them for upcoming R600 board(s) or get 8800GTX+680i board.
http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.a...tno=403&pgno=1
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The new GeForce 8800 Ultra has 6.5% more texture fill rate and 17.2% more memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8800 GTX. Of course, the GeForce 8800 GTX costs about 3X more than a GeForce 8600 GTS. As you can see, both cards are virtually similar in hardware. The GeForce 8800 Ultra's performance advantage is entirely due to its higher core and memory clock speeds.
http://www.behardware.com/art/imprimer/669/
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... Apart from this competition for first place, the GeForce 8800 Ultra is of even lesser interest for users, because it is a simple version of a 8800 GTX with higher frequencies. ... for an additional 10% in performances and a nicer design, you will pay 25% more.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2979&p=10
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The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra is an utter waste of money.

Anandtech's review was very informative and detailed in its analysis.


If you've got money to burn, then more power to you ... but I still think that money could have been put to better use in a water cooling setup.
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