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Originally Posted by SQBubble View Post
is the 9800gx2 stacked 8800gt or 8800gtx?

im sure it is indeed a great card either way, but i cant justify 650$ for a card that still struggles and gets low fps on new games.... IMO its smarter to wait for something that really is new(nothing new about the 9800gx2 if its only a stacked 8800gtx) and powerful with new technology, a real single-gpu with 1.5 or 2gb of memory, 512-bit or more, better clock speed and efficiency .... sooner or later they will come out with something like this and even better, and i hope it won't take too long cuz lots of new games are coming out and that are already out that requires lot of graphic processing...

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Just curious about 8800 GTX's, where have you found them for 289? Because at newegg the cheapest is 340

They were selling for that on Newegg after rebate recently. It was an EVGA.
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My two went back as well..

I expected a world of difference over my 2x8800 gtx's and it wasn't even close.

Took the money and went 790i ultra plus 4gb DDR3.

With my trusty 8800gtx's, I'm a happy camper...
    
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And I thought I was not up to date. Phew.

GT200 = my next purchase
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post #35 of 43
Well I finally got my 9800GX2 installed and so far it runs a bit cooler then my 8800GTX did. I got it overclocked to 702/1728/1052 (2104) without a problem, in fact I could probably go higher but for now this will do. Now, I'm going to run some games and see how it is compared to the 8800GTX.
post #36 of 43
I have yet to make my overall conclusion on the GX2's, since i'm waiting for my board to be replaced from an RMA. But if they don't meet my expectations they will go back for a refund that's for sure.

Unfortunately, sending them back for a refund is one thing....what do you do then? Wait 3 months or so for a 9900GX2 that isn't even confirmed as genuine. It's all rumour with regards to those....
 
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post #37 of 43
First test (taken with system in signature)

Taken with fraps

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - 8xCSAA - 16xAF - Mods: Natural Environments, Qarl's Texture Pack.

2008-04-06 14:12:52 - Oblivion (a walk through Cheydinhal)
Frames: 9590 - Time: 122389ms - Avg: 78.357 - Min: 45 - Max: 148

My thoughts: Great frame rates with this card, by far the fastest card I've used in this game. Previously I've tried ATI 2900XT 1GB, GeForce 8800GT, GeForce 8800GTS 512mb, and GeForce 8800GTX. However, despite the much higher recorded frame rates, I did experience some stuttering as reported here by some though the stuttering did not occur often, and most times it only occured at scene changes when going from an indoor environment to an outdoor environment. I don't know if the stuttering is related to drivers, or lack of vram (this game likes vram!) but I did not experience such stuttering with the 8800GTX though I only played up to 4xAA with that card.

Even playing at 1280x1024 (yeah I'm monitor shopping), the 9800GX2 does have its limits. I managed to bring it to its knees playing Oblivion at 8xSQ (2x2 Super-Sampling AA + 2x Multi-Sampling AA combined) enabled through nHancer. That brought its average frame rates down to about 43FPS, and bottomed out at about 22FPS (though the game looked great).

More games tests coming.
post #38 of 43
great, looking forward to seeing those. my 9800gx2 gets here tuesday what are the latest/best drivers?
post #39 of 43
I will have to say that the 9800GX2 had a few bumps and I am planning on returning mine as well. The only thing that could change my mind right now is being able to buy a cheap, and I mean cheap water block. My sig says the card is well worth it, but only when it is stable!!!!
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post #40 of 43
I like the 9800GX2 so far, though it has some room for improvement. I'm confident (perhaps over confident) that this card will improve with more mature drivers and the stuttering in that occurs in some games will disappear. The GX2 despite its PCB sandwich design, overclocks pretty well and doesn't get too hot.
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