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I'm kind of in a toss-up situation here. I want to do serious video editing and like the capabilities of the FX cards, but I still want to be able to play video games, which I hear the FX cards suck at.

Will the Tri-Sli 8800GTX cards be able to outperform the FX in heavy hitting video rendering (I'm talking Adobe AfterFX stuff). Or would the FX still be able to play games as well as 3 GTX, something like Crysis I guess? (I doubt it) It would seem to me that the GTX cards can move more data faster than the FX, but I don't know all the nuances of this gamer/workstation stuff.

The base system will be a QX9650 on a 780i motherboard with 4GB Corsair RAM. Any advice is welcome. Either way this goes my graphics card budget is $1300 USD
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post #2 of 43
To my knowledge, they are the same exact cards but with different drivers.
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How about two 9800GX2's instead?
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Originally Posted by Ihatethedukes View Post
To my knowledge, they are the same exact cards but with different drivers.
Looking at the images of the cards though the 8800GTX has 2 6-pin power plugs whereas the FX has just 1. More stable than the 8800's I guess?

I looked at the GX2's but it seems they aren't as of good a quality as the 8800's.
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post #5 of 43
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Originally Posted by Ihatethedukes View Post
To my knowledge, they are the same exact cards but with different drivers.
BIOS and drivers differ. Also, there are some minor PCB changes that require soldering to mod.

If you want to do high-end editing and gaming, go with the 8800GTX. However, be aware that the 8800GTX isn't designed to do as good of a job at AA.
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post #6 of 43
why not run TRi 9800GTXs
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You can't do a Tri-Sli of 8800GTX, they would have to be 9800GTX

And I recommend this solution over the FX. Your renders might be a tad slower, but you'll be able to game at least ^_^
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I think you are going to have to decide here, which is more important .. to be fair, Unless you are playing at high resolutions, I would not recommend Sli, Tri-Sli is only on the 9xxx series card right ? ( not sure about this ) anyways, point is, unless you need every single setting to maximum for crisis, it really is not worth spending on the Tri-Sli, however,I am not sure about the gaming performance of the FX series cards though.
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post #9 of 43
Quote:
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You can't do a Tri-Sli of 8800GTX, they would have to be 9800GTX

And I recommend this solution over the FX. Your renders might be a tad slower, but you'll be able to game at least ^_^
Wrong. 8800 GTX's and Ultras, and 9800GTX's can all do TriSLI
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The big difference in the cards is OpenGL support. While its true that the Quadro's are not gaming cards, the Quadro's do things that gaming cards simply don't support.

In the video world, you have drivers more suited for OpenGL Rendering (think BorisFX, multi-layered video, all types of motion blurs, etc.)
In the 3d world, certain renderers are only supported by developers if they are running on Quadro or FireGL.

That being said, my personal choice is to stick the beautiful Quadro in, and a GeForce 8600 or something around that price point to play the occasional game.

Best way of going about this is to hook up the monitor you're doing your actual video playback/color correction to the Quadro, and a second monitor to the GeForce which will have your option panels and various windows that make dual screens nice. Then when you fire up your games, slap it on the second screen..

*EDIT: forgot the disclaimer: The more money you sink into a workstation, the less it becomes a gaming machine. Eventually, there is the choice that asks "what's the machine really for?"
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