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Is SLI even worth it? Are we all a bunch of suckers or what?

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This is a comment I made in another thread, but I think it has enough merit to warrant it's own thread.

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With the rate that current graphics processors are improving, it's dumb, costwise, to fork out cash for an SLI set-up, unless you are SLI-ing the top-tier cards on the market.

For example, you can get a 6600GT sli-set up for ~250-300 or get a single 6800gt for $230 that will outperform it.

or, get a 6800gt/gs setup for ~400-470 or get a single 7800gt that will match it for ~300.

I went ahead and paid the premium for an SLI board, but i'm thinking that when the time comes, it will be better to sell my current card and get the next latest and greatest (that will outspec a 7800gt sli) for less than a second 7800gt.

How about a 7800gt sli set-up? outlay: about $600. 7800GTX 512: $750-ish? But I don't know how sli-d gt's compare to a single gtx. If on par, this would be the one set up that actually makes economic sense. (Edit: after some digging, it seems the dual 7800gt set-up would be a decent deal, as it performs equal to a gtx 512 on some games and surpasses it by a small margin on others and a few games it actually beats it by 25-30FPS for about $150 less....minus the extra cost for an SLI board and power supply. Then there's the extra power consumption of having 2 cards vs. one. I'm willing to argue that it is still somewhat of a wash. [unless of course, mom and dad are the ones paying the power bill!])

Have most of us been hoodwinked? (well, except for those exhorbitant bastids that have 7800gtx 512's running tandem. What's that? about a grand-and-a-half?)
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SLi i think isnt worth it unless you already have the card, i mean 1 7800GTX 512mb beats 2 7800GTX 256mb fairly, and so does pretty much every other cenereo like that....so no i would just go for the better card
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I dont think it is worth it. I dont plan on getting another X1800. Ill just upgrade to a better card in a couple years.
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lets say u buy a 7800gtx 512mb.....hmmmm i want more...bam u pop another in, and your unstoppable. thats why they make SLI.

EDIT: if you have the money....why not buy another top end card for the heck of it?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by u.c.i.n.e.x.
lets say u buy a 7800gtx 512mb.....hmmmm i want more...bam u pop another in, and your unstoppable. thats why they make SLI.

EDIT: if you have the money....why not buy another top end card for the heck of it?

But see, that's what I'm arguing. It's only worthwhile for the players willing to shell out massive cash for the best of the best of the best. For anyone below that level of madness, it doesn't make sense. None of us should be spending more money on an sli board, when we can get a top-notch single PCI-X board for much less.
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post #6 of 31
It'll be a long long time until there will be a card that can outmatch 2x x1800XTs or 2x 7800gtx (256mb, since 512s are pretty much nonexistent now). And in the near future, games will come out that will start stressing even those cards. The time delay between a card that can outmatch 2 of the best contenders currently out and new games running more state-of-the-art engines is a long one indeed.
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2 7800GT's kill 1 GTX, hell my OC'd 7800GT now beats or is on par with most 7800GTX's stock by comparing 3dMark scores.

There is a benefit to SLI, to have the fastest and best framerates but technology advances...look at the people buying FX-60's is it worth it to buy them even though Quad-Cores are coming in a year...do we know when DX10 cards are coming out....yeah sometime in 2007 and will they be flawless, probably not. Some people do not want to wait 1 year to upgrade on a system that might look good on paper, but cm'on in Microsoft nothing is perfect, and you want to shell out a bunch of cash on a not-proven OS and GFX card??

SLI is there for the people who bought cards but want to play the newest and best game with the highest framerates. Look at CoD2...to play it on the highest settings and everything maxed out on a 6600GS or GT, one might have to

A) buy a 7800GT or GTX or any ATI crap card
B) buy another 6600GS (GT) and save some money
Granted they still will have respectable framerates with one card but to play with AA and AF you'll definately need a new card, new games chew up more and more resources and I guarantee new games by the end of the year will be screaming for SLI or the top-end GPU to the best performance, which most of us on here want

So I do think there is a benefit to SLI, but technology advances and those who do not want to shell out on a new rig when DX10 comes out can go ahead and get another 6600, 6800, 7800 GT or GTX...so we are not suckers as you say and SLI has a HUGE benefit over a single card, just look at the benches.

Is it right you, apparently not, but it is for some who do want the best and those are going to be the same people who want DX10..i know i'm going to wait since Vista will be in DX9 and DX10 and most games will have both versions if not already built into it and I might get another card cause I like the eye-candy ad money is money, it comes and goes and I dont want to wait a year or more to be "ooo..i can't spend moeny cause I want "X" "

And why is ATi jumpung on the bandwagon with Crossfire....they wouldnt put all that money into something that was worthless
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No offense, but you missed the thrust of my arguement, which is...that economically, the upgrade path with sli is more expensive and provides less of a return on your investment than simply selling the card you have and purchasing the newer, better card. The only major exception to the rule is if you currently hold the highest performing card.

Do you see what I'm getting at?
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No i got the jist of the arguement and it correlates to performance...we all know that it's more expensive is it economical no of course not but it's what we pay to have fun but it makes it more fun to play at the performance SLI gives us

So you answer your question...is it worth the money...I believe it is and sometimes we can't have the latestand greatest but have to find a middle ground..if you have the money to getthe best card after selling what you have great but not many people are in the position to do that. Thats why you buy a high end card now and later when they become cheaper you buy another
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Think about what you're saying here... you're buying not one, but two three hundred dollar or more video cards... the very concept defies economical sense for the average guy. SLi was never meant for the average guy, it was meant for the guy with the deep pockets that needs to have the best of the best because it's the best. You and me who can barely afford one video card, much less two, really have no business looking into SLi unless we plan to become suddenly wealthy.
    
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