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At this price range i want crysis to run on very high dx10... So which would i be looking for Quad or Tri (considering bang for buck)


How is quad or Tri SLI considered a bang for your buck?

Dishing out over $1000 for graphics power is obsene.

Your posts seem Contradicting.
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bang for buck between the two...

From the two setups which gives the best overall performance for the cost.
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9800GX2 would get my vote. All I hear is about how SLI doesn't scale well. Of course everything to me sounds more like speculation. Unless someone can come in here that's actually compared a single 9800GX2 to two 8800GTS SLI'd and shed some light. I'm assuming they would both perform nearly the same, however since your budget is pretty hefty I would get the newer single card which has been known to run Crysis at very high, and you can decide whether to SLI it in the future.

Are you still going to be using that 17" monitor? At those resolutions, I don't even think you'll notice a difference no matter which you choose. Get the newer card, you'll be happier in the future/or wait for the new line-up of cards. Again, with that budget I would go ahead and get the newest.
 
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I think getting a GX2 would be the way to go. It will allow for upgrading in the future. I dont know exactly how they perform but I know they are similar. I would say use only 1 slot instead of 2.
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Nope, not going to be using this 17" monitor, that would be silly .
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post #16 of 59
This should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

I've seen some benchmarks that give tri-9800GTX the edge in certain environments; but for the x2GX2 you're looking at a ~$300USD more in price for a marginal, if any, real-world performance gain.

It's mostly a driver issue at this point, and in an ideal world where hardware driver's were 100% efficient in all configurations the x2GX2 would be much better. But w/ the new gen cards just around the corner, and the $1200 graphics card market not being a huge profit generator, the current driver iteration is more or less what the most refined they're ever gonna be. Tri-SLi drivers are simply better than their quad counterparts (they've had 2+years of tri8800 experience).

And don't get all knicker-twisted about how well Crysis plays. It's not an example of graphics prowess, but an instance of how much poor coding can design can slog down an otherwise capable machine.
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this is coming from a 16 year old with 2x 8800 GTS overclocked to 814/1964/2222 for 3dmark06, i scored lower than the other 16 year old with the 9800 GX2 with his quad at 4.2 ghz...

But again, 2x 8800 gts isn't bad at all, currently max out all my games with AA on, all at high quality.. i get 42-55 fps on crysis [all high, AA on, newest driver for gpu]
110-190 on COD4, all on normal/high..
298 on CS:S bench test..
haven't try fear yet.. lost my cd =\\
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post #18 of 59
Go for the SLI.

It's shown that 9800GTX SLI is about 15% faster than 9800GX2, and both GTS 512 and 9800GTX will overclock much higher, not to mention you'd have better cooling for each core thus room to voltmod.
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post #19 of 59
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Okay ive scaled down my options, but is 9800GTX sli better than 8800GTS sli, bang for buck wise
Edited by Panderas - 5/21/08 at 1:05pm
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Okay ive scaled down my options, but is 9800GTX sli better than 8800GTS sli, bnad for buck wise
It's barely better and the GTS costs less.
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