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Trying to decide on my next graphics upgrade.

I've read a number of TRI-SLI reviews and what I could find of the GTX260 (limited).

My options thus far are 3, 9800GTX + with an estimated price of $660 CAD (+ %5 tax) or 2 GTX260 at $810 CAD (again +5% tax).

These prices are based on the distributor here in Canada. They are guaranteed, fixed pre-order prices so my numbers are accurate (or lower on release).

My understanding of TRI-SLI is that games benefit significantly while benches don't. Could care less about benches and considering my next major purchase will be the Samsung 245T 24" LCD, I will need the power to run games at max res.

I am very familiar with SLI performance and as such have solid expectations with a pair of GTX260.

The catch is, if I go with TRI-SLI, I will also have to upgrade to Vista (adding another $120 to cost). I will also have to buy a PCI 1x sound card (most likely the Asus Xonar 7.1) to go in the top PCI 1x slot as my X-FI card will be rendered useless (add another $70 less what I can get for selling the X-FI, probably $40-$50).

This means the prices are essentially the same.

I will eventually go vista regardless so this may be moot. I also intend to order a set of 4 GB Gskill DDR3 in the near future so 64 bit Vista will be a necessity.


I'm looking for educated opinions as to which makes more sense.

One thing to factor in is if I go with the GTX260 in SLI, I will very likely not add a 3rd card for TRI-SLI in the future.

As mentioned above my next immediate upgrade will be a 24" S-PVA panel monitor and then I will be done for a few months (at least).

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Probably Tri-SLI, maybe wait for the 9800 GTX+? (I'm waiting for the benchmark scores of the Radeon HD 4870 before I make my final decision between nVidia/ATI.)
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If I go TRI-SLI, it will be with the 9800GTX+ and not the current 9800GTX. They are due for release soon enough for me regardless.
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If you are going 24", then you should go 260 in SLI just because of the 512 bus and 1 gig of memory.

BTW, considering what you do, have you seen anything on E8600's?
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well games like sli more than three way sli, thats a fact.
heat and power comsumption, 2 cards is better.

there will always be the HD 4870x2, lets see how that turns out.
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E8600

Release date is august (at least here in Canada).

Ingram Micro has the sku listed for OEM VAR's (value added resellers) for a July release.
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If you are going 24", then you should go 260 in SLI just because of the 512 bus and 1 gig of memory.

BTW, considering what you do, have you seen anything on E8600's?
qft, although not totally true, i'm not sure about the bus on gtx 260's but i know that it has 8 hundred-some MB of ram, either way you'll have a bigger bus and more ram. plus it should be a bit more future proof than the 9800GTX+. if you're willing to wait i'd say get the 55nm 260's when they come out tho, because they will draw less power and output a LOT less heat.
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well games like sli more than three way sli, thats a fact.
heat and power comsumption, 2 cards is better.

there will always be the HD 4870x2, lets see how that turns out.
heat and power consumption are not relevant factors in my decision process. I have more than adequate cooling for any config and power consumption... I can afford it.


Also given that I have a $350 SLI ready motherboard, ATI is not in my immediate future
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qft, although not totally true, i'm not sure about the bus on gtx 260's but i know that it has 8 hundred-some MB of ram, either way you'll have a bigger bus and more ram. plus it should be a bit more future proof than the 9800GTX+. if you're willing to wait i'd say get the 55nm 260's when they come out tho, because they will draw less power and output a LOT less heat.

I need to do something in the next several weeks as I have a buyer for my current set of 8800GTS. I'm not crazy about having my main gaming system down until cards without a fixed release date are available.
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qft, although not totally true, i'm not sure about the bus on gtx 260's but i know that it has 8 hundred-some MB of ram, either way you'll have a bigger bus and more ram. plus it should be a bit more future proof than the 9800GTX+. if you're willing to wait i'd say get the 55nm 260's when they come out tho, because they will draw less power and output a LOT less heat.
oh yeh thats right, I forgot, but even then, that should still be better for higher resolutions than 256 bus and 512 memory.

Plus, you can tri-sli th 260's later on right?
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