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9800gx2 vs 9800 GTX

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Ok. So I'm also in the market for a new video card. My budget is unlimited for video card (but I will not buy anything over $800) so I've narrowed down my choices to the following : 9800 GX2 or 9800 GTX.

What are also the news on the 9900 series is it just a rumor or is it real ?
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To be quite honest, the performance from both 9800 cards are not significantly better in comparison with the previous 8800 series UNLESS you plan on SLI. If you think you'd want to use SLI, go with two of either the GX2 series or the GTX series, whichever fits your budget and works with the rest of your setup. The one significant advantage of the 9 series is that it scales much better in SLI than the 8 series. GX2s if you can swing it, otherwise go with dual GTX.

If you don't plan on going SLI, I'd just get an 8800GTS 512mb for now and then wait and see what the deal is with nvidia's plans for post-9800 graphics cards. If it ends up being stellar, I'd get an eVGA 8800GTS G92 or a 9600GT and then wait for the new cards to come out, then use the step-up program eVGA has. If it ends up being a "meh" situation, use the step-up to a 9800GX2 or GTX, then get another for SLI.

Available funds won't really come into effect unless you go SLI, and even still you want the best bang for your buck while adapting towards the future expansion of graphic capabilities. I've got the eVGA 8800GTS 512mb and it's solid as a rock. A second GTS for SLI would be my next upgrade if my mobo supported SLI, but semi-unfortunately, my mobo will be the next thing for me to upgrade. I highly recommend eVGA, although this has been my only product with them, but a lot of other OCNers will attest to their customer service/overall quality, as well.
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