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Ok i have a Amd Athlon x2 dual-core processor running at 2.5 GHz, with 2 GB of ram and
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http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...SI%2FMicroStar


So what do you think i should get out of these cards that would be more worth buying for my pc thx
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A 9800GX2 is basically two 9800GTX's in a single slot. The performance is similar to 2 x 9800GTX (in SLI). A single 9800GTX will outperform an 8800GTX at lower resolutions, but the 8800GTX has been shown by multiple reviews to often perform better at higher resolutions and when AA and AF is applied.

Basically, it comes down to price range. A 9800GX2 will perform like two 9800GTX's in SLI, and cost you around $550-600. An 8800GTX will set you back ~ $300-350.
    
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9800GX2 if you wanna play most games (maybe Crysis) on high settings at high resolutions. If you play at 1280x1024, get an 8800GTS instead.
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"My humble opinion is to save your money for your next major upgrade (mobo, CPU, RAM) and get the 8800GTX. It is still a hell of a card, and even out performs the 9800GTX in some benchmarks."

"Actually, I would recommend saving even more money and get a 8800GT. Preferably from someone on the OCN 'For Sale' board. Save save save!"

"I think unfortunatly the CPU you have would hold back a 9800GX2 from giving you its all."

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Choggs396 View Post
A 9800GX2 is basically two 9800GTX's in a single slot. The performance is similar to 2 x 9800GTX (in SLI). A single 9800GTX will outperform an 8800GTX at lower resolutions, but the 8800GTX has been shown by multiple reviews to often perform better at higher resolutions and when AA and AF is applied.

Basically, it comes down to price range. A 9800GX2 will perform like two 9800GTX's in SLI, and cost you around $550-600. An 8800GTX will set you back ~ $300-350.
The GX2 is actually 2 x 8800GTS downclocked from their stock speeds. The 9800gtx and 8800GTS have faster clock speeds among other things and a pair in SLI will be faster than a GX2.
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post #6 of 9
if your willing to pay for a GX2, then get the GX2, if not then obviously your left with the GTX option. The GT or GTS is probably the best value though. And 8800GTXs are pretty cheap (cheaper too) now.
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Actually although I'm a big nvidia fan, seeing as you don't have an sli board, if you want a cost effective single slot, go with the ati 3870x2. Its about $150 cheaper than the GX2. Granted the GX2 is a bit faster but the ati 3870x2 is faster than any single nivdia card (other than the gx2)
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
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"Actually, I would recommend saving even more money and get a 8800GT. Preferably from someone on the OCN 'For Sale' board. Save save save!"
I agree.

I probably never would have bought this 8800GTX if the 8800GT or 8800GTS (G92 revision) had already come out. When they were released, the GT performed ~80% the performance of a GTX - for literally less than half the price. I mean, I want high-end.... but price-to-performance does have at least some meaning, after all.

The 8800GTX isn't necessarily a horrible choice now IMO, considering the price has dropped to under $300 in some places (just remembered some places are offering rebates for this).

The 9800GTX is a slightly overclocked 8800GTS G92. They share almost identical attributes, such as core revision, memory data-bus (bandwidth), memory capacity, number of shaders, etc. If someone purchases a ~$350 9800GTX over a ~$250 8800GTS G92, they are either stupid or don't care about money. I'll say it again: the 9800GTX is a VERY poor purchase decision ATM.

I'd say, go for either an 8800GT or 8800GTS G92. Those are going to be your best bang-for-buck cards.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
The GX2 is actually 2 x 8800GTS downclocked from their stock speeds. The 9800gtx and 8800GTS have faster clock speeds among other things and a pair in SLI will be faster than a GX2.
Ah, thanks for pointing that out.
    
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post #9 of 9
The best value is either 8800GT ($170) or G92 8800GTS ( $200 ). Hope you can kick your cpu a bit higher to take full advantage of these latest GPU.
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