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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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post #12 of 31
Yes I have to agree and now with ati's new cards out its a whole new ballgame.
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id like to say somthing about framerate. the human eye hardly sees a difrence in framrates 90fps and up. yes there is a difference 90fps and up but not substantially enough to make me go out and fork over another $140 for another 6600gt and a mobo sli ready.
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I dont really care about framerates in the games i play normally. just BF2 and FEAR but when it gets to high in cs or dod I just turn up detail or AA.
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but what new game can you crank out hte highest settings with a 6600GT and still get 90FPS when the 6600GT launched the new games out then could get you those 90FPS..that's where another card comes in.

As Yiffy said it's for the deep-pocketed people who want the performance, but no game with a lot of action will handle 90FPS constantly unless it's in SLI or the newest card out on an older gaming engine
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The frame rate war isnt what it used to be. Now its the high resolution war. All these new cards are capable of playing games way past 1600x1200 which is insane for me to even imagine running on 1280. Sli is basically for 3dmark junkies.

Yiffy stated it the best.

Also note that each pair of cards provides a different boost in performance when sli'd. Some dont increase performance as much as you think , while others get a solid 60% increase.
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post #17 of 31
2 7800GTs in SLi are better than one 7800GTX 512MB and they cost less. How is SLi not worth it? Also if you get a board with dual PCI-E x16 slots with full speed x16 lanes on each slot it is very fast. Anothing thing is that when you use 2 card you have to look at it from a difference point of view. Is 2 7900GTX's faster than 2 X1900XTX's, that is the whole reason you get SLi, to get more FPS and be faster than ATi's Crossfire of the equivilant to your card. Is 2 7800GTX's faster than 2 X1800XT's?
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1) having the an32whatever Asus board with SLI 16x on both slots does nothing for performance, yet. No games utilize 16x yet so there is no performance increase from running sli on 16x or 8x. Someday, but not today.

2) 2 7800gts in Sli cost less than a 7800gtx 512...but so does everything else. Will everyone please stop even bringing up that myth of the gtx 512. It costs less than that card but a 1900xt cost less than the 7800gt sli and performs pretty much as good, and probably better in some games (well probably only in fear) than the sli. Plus its less taxing on a system.

I understand there is a point to sli, but crossfiring/sli the top cards out today is for people with monitors that run 2024x1902 (whatever the #s are) and still want to play their games on ultra OR for 3dmark junkies. Not for any near normal or us the slightly above normal consumer.

If you are willing to spend $xxx on a card always get the newest technology out IMO. Just because its faster, doesnt make it better.

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"the whole reason you get SLi, to get more FPS and be faster than ATi's Crossfire "
i think to note Ninja, you are misinterpeting the topic, Yes its SLI but im pretty sure everyone here is also referring to Crossfire. Since they are the same, they tend to be called the same name.
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Well, my second 7800GT will be in monday so I guess that tells you where I stand on SLI. I have twin 6600GT's in my second rig (Which was in my primary until i picked up my first 7800GT 3 weeks ago). Also, the board the was mentioned above, the Asus A8N32 SLI "is" faster for SLI (and single card performance as well, check out Toms Hardware and Anandtechs reviews). Someone above mentioned 7800GTX being superior to 2 7800GT's. I don't mean to offend, but please read some reviews and look at benches before making that statement because its inaccurate. Two 7800GT's are faster than a single 7800GTX 512 or 256 and are slightly cheaper than a 256 mb gtx. Also if you want to talk economics of scale, look at it from this perspective: I won't spend the money on a 7800GTX simply because its too large an initial purchase. I can justify to myself (and my wife!) spending $400 every couple of months on a 7800GT but to spend $850 in one shot just doesn't work. When I bought my second 6600GT and went SLI, I saw an immediate huge increase in performance. The cost wasn't a factor because when I bought the first 6600GT, thats what I could afford at the time. When I bought the second it was already $40 cheaper than the first one. With the 7800GT's if I was willing to wait 3 or 4 months, the price on the second card would drop as well. In this case I'm a bit too eager to wait but I consider in a valid investment.
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Originally Posted by YiffyGriffy
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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