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9800GX2 or 9800GTX SLi

Poll Results: What should I buy?

 
  • 48% (15)
    9800GX2
  • 51% (16)
    2*9800GTX in SLi
31 Total Votes  
post #1 of 31
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Now that the long awaited 9800GX2 is out the 9800GTX is just round the corner. All that I need now to finally build my rig is the VGA. Now I am thinking of either buying the 9800GX2 or the 9800GTX in SLi. The only drawback of the 9800GX2 is the heat IMO. I mean here in Malta during summer we do have high temperatures that range from 32-40+ degrees celcius. Now since the 9800GX2 are two chips on one board they would get hotter sooner and thus in Summer they would even get hotter.

So, what would be the best option?

Suggestions and reasons are welcome.

Thank you.
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post #2 of 31
Save money and get either 8800GT 512MB SLi, or 8800GTS 512MB SLi. A single 9800GX2 performs practically the same as 8800GTS 512MB SLi anyway.
post #3 of 31
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Nah, I want a 9series card. Am going from the crappy AGP XFX 5700 to the 9series. Do not want old stuff, eventhough the 9series are a refresh of the 8, but anyway.
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Originally Posted by Thunderer View Post
Nah, I want a 9series card. Am going from the crappy AGP XFX 5700 to the 9series. Do not want old stuff, eventhough the 9series are a refresh of the 8, but anyway.
You'd be getting the same old G92 architecture that's used in the latest 8 series.

Lets play a game, it's called spot the difference:

9800GX2
GPU: G92 x 2
Stream processors: 128 x 2
Memory Bus: 256-bit x 2
Memory amount: 512MB x 2
Core clock: 600Mhz
Memory clock: 2000Mhz
Shader clock: 1500Mhz

8800GTS 512MB SLi
GPU: G92 x 2
Stream processors: 128 x 2
Memory Bus: 256-bit x 2
Memory amount: 512MB x 2
Core clock: 650Mhz
Memory clock: 1940Mhz
Shader clock: 1625Mhz

Performance will be practically the same when you overclock the 9800GX2 core and shader clocks.

You can either take the advice of someone who knows what they're talking about or you can waste your money. The only way I could recommend any 9 series card is if you planned on a single 9800GX2 with an Intel chipset based motherboard.
post #5 of 31
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Quote:
Originally Posted by t4ct1c47 View Post
The only way I could recommend any 9 series card is if you planned on a single 9800GX2 with an Intel chipset based motherboard.
Why so??

Also, here are the specs of the GTX

Quote:
Powered by the G92-420 chip, the GeForce 9800 GTX has 512MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 2200 MHz, 128 Stream Processors at 1688 MHz and a core frequency of 675 MHz
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post #6 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thunderer View Post
Why so??
The 9800GX2 is basically 8800GTS 512MB SLi that only needs a single PCI-Express slot. nForce motherboards cannot overclock Intel CPU's as high as Intel motherboards can, but some people may still want to run SLi. The 9800GX2 would fulfil the requirements of these users.

If you're serious about overclocking make sure you go for decent quality Intel chipset based motherboard and pair a single 9800GX2 with it. That is the only scenario I can justify.

As for the 9800GTX, it's simply an 8800GTS 512MB that supports Tri-SLi and has faster memory.

Spot the difference again:

9800GTX 512MB
GPU: G92
Stream processors: 128
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Memory amount: 512MB
Core clock: 675Mhz
Memory clock: 2200Mhz
Shader clock: 1688Mhz

8800GTS 512MB
GPU: G92
Stream processors: 128
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Memory amount: 512MB
Core clock: 650Mhz
Memory clock: 1940Mhz
Shader clock: 1625Mhz

Don't be a sucker and buy this "9 series" nonsense. Nvidia may as well have renamed the 8800GT and 8800GTS as 9800GT and 9800GTS repectively when they released the G92.
post #7 of 31
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Well I would just see then. But if I buy it from the US instead of Malta I would get the 9800GTX (price wise) lower then an 8800GTS (G92). So what do you think? And also, the 9800GX2 from the US would be lower than a 3870x2 from here in Malta.
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post #8 of 31
well I would just get an 9800GX@ then upgrade to 9800GX2 Sli in the future. Buy the Evga 780i for the motherboard.
post #9 of 31
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Buy the Evga 780i for the motherboard.
That can't do I have already bought the DDR3 ram and now am waiting to buy the Striker II extreme
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post #10 of 31
Id say go with th3 GX2 as soon as the drivers get good and optimized i think its gonna rock. Grad the card and a p35 or x38 mobo not the striker II (or any other sli board)that you have on your list and you should have some pretty good power, maybe this board keep the ddr3 if you wanna go that route and save you couple hundred bucks
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