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So, I'm going to upgrade these two 8600GT's. I have a choice between a 9600GT and an 8800GT. Now, normally, I would go straight for the 8800gt. 20 bucks more for a fair (but not substantial bit) of performance. However, one thing is stopping me: SLI. From benchmarks i've seen, the 9600GT scales unprecedentedly well in SLI, much better than the 8800GT. With the chance of getting another 9600GT there, what should I do? Also, take into consideration the fact that the 9600gt is 20 bucks cheaper.



Also, a little side question, but is my processor bottlenecking this thing? I don't know how to tell. It's overclocked to 3.275 ghz
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Then again.. you can wait for the 9800 series lol. that will give you even more choices
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Then again.. you can wait for the 9800 series lol. that will give you even more choices
True, but I can only spend about 200 bucks. That's why I'm thinking of getting the 9600now, because I can step it up later. Or perhaps, I could SLI it.

But I want it to be a good video card, not just a piece of crap to be used for stepup fodder.
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this will be a good thread to follow. I was running a pair of 8600GTs in SlI too, than I got a pair of 8800GTs. I am running 1 of them as my PS is only 400watts.
I was wondering if it was better to sell my 8800GTs and go with the 9600s...(less heat and power).
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Yes your cpu will be a bottleneck, and id probly go with the 8800gt looking at a few sli reviews it scales no better then any other card in sli.
http://www.techpowerup.com/?51096
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this will be a good thread to follow. I was running a pair of 8600GTs in SlI too, than I got a pair of 8800GTs. I am running 1 of them as my PS is only 400watts.
I was wondering if it was better to sell my 8800GTs and go with the 9600s...(less heat and power).
Yeah, I love these 8600's (don't ask why, they suck >.>), but I've got them as high as I can. Normally, they net me about 8,000 3dmarks. With some overclocking (no volt-modding), I have them up to 10,000. But any higher, and i'd need to volt mod, and then i'd need better cooling, etc, and for only a tiny bit of pay off. So, new card time.
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Yes your cpu will be a bottleneck, and id probly go with the 8800gt looking at a few sli reviews it scales no better then any other card in sli.
http://www.techpowerup.com/?51096
My CPU will bottleneck? Are you sure? I mean, it IS running at 3.2 ghz, it's not exactly slow. Hm...maybe it's time to see if I can reach the 3.6 mark that i've been putting off.
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post #8 of 35
Thats why i figured the 9600s, less of a chance of bottlenecking.
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I think your cpu is fine for most games cept Crysis.
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post #10 of 35
8800GT SLI is very good also. 9600GT's performance is between 8800GS and 8800GT. I would wait for few weeks to let the GPU market settles down and see some real benchmarks. If you OC your cpu to 3.2, it should be fine.
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