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I've read the reviews over and over saying the plain vanilla 9800 isn't that much faster than the 8800 GTS 512. Also the 9800 essentially just being 2 8800 GTS's slapped together.

I know there aren't a ton of games right now that support SLI and I'm not really worried about it atm.

I've seen the 9800 for under $200 recently and the GTS for $155 now.

Question is:

Save a few bucks for very comparable performance or spend a lil more for not all that much of a boost over the 8800 GTS 512.

Please give opinions based on both at stock and both OC'ed.

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EVery game (with one or two exceptions) supports sli to varying degrees. This is a result of drivers from over a year ago.

I've owned both the gts and the 9800gtx.

A pair of 8800gts (G92's mind you) in SLI are as fast (and in some cases faster) than a pair of 9800gtx.

the GX2 is just silly in terms of price to performance.


I would check the for sale forums here. there are a number of members selling their 8800GTS (to get on the ATI bandwagon). As you have an SLI board, its the best choice.

I just sold my pair of BFG 8800GTS for $140 each here through OCN.

I've attached a screenshot with the gts in sli with my quad at 3.33 ghz to give you a frame of reference.
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I'd get a 88GTS G92 personally cause it runs games nicely and is less expensive, a 9800GTX can do the same, just at a higher price, so go for the price/peformance ratio, they're both comparable in performance, just price differences Hell, i'm not a big ATi fan but you can go for a 4850/70 too those do great also.
 
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He already has an sli motherboard so why ati?
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Originally Posted by S2000_Skyline12 View Post
I'd get a 88GTS G92 personally cause it runs games nicely and is less expensive, a 9800GTX can do the same, just at a higher price, so go for the price/peformance ratio, they're both comparable in performance, just price differences Hell, i'm not a big ATi fan but you can go for a 4850/70 too those do great also.
I second that. ATIs 48xx series cards rule the price/performance ratio.

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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
He already has an sli motherboard so why ati?
On that case, 8800GTS would be the best choice imo.
Edited by Dragoon - 7/9/08 at 9:06am
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He already has an sli motherboard so why ati?

Why not? I've heard some boards can get modded drivers to enable SLi/Xfire like the abit AWD-MAX (or whatever it's called lol) so perhaps his board could be one of those that can do that and plus, you make it sound like a 48xx can't play games nicely in single config rofl
 
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No actually it can't run xfire.

What you are referring to is modding nvidia drivers to run SLI on intel chipset boards.

I happen to know how to do it.

the ati catalyst drivers cannot be modded in similar fashion to run on an nvidia chipset board....
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Ah ok, Thanks for clearing that up for me.
 
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i went for a 88gts because it was about as good in performance you could get at that time without playing silly money (i wasnt going to buy another 88gtx lol id just sold that).

98gtx is a 88gts g92 under the sticker so......


98gtx+ is about to come out with faster (lol same as my 88gts) clocks and lower temps which would help alot for sli tho????
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in my opinion, the best buy is another 8800GT . you get the performance of a 8800gts with two 8800gt's and you spend less money. if you want even better performance you must buy a 9800GTX+(it is SLI, but is more expensive) or a ATI 4870 (best price)

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