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I read the thread on the 6800 GS where yall like the GS over the GT, and just my luck, I happened to already pick a GS anyways . Now my question is, does it really matter who makes the card, because the one that I am currently looking at getting (2 of them no doubt) is aneVGA 256-P2-N391-AX Geforce 6800GS 256M 256-bit GDDR3 PCIe 16x card. I'm making a big change in going from AGP to PCIe and have a few little reservations. I know AGP is now the seemingly outdated format, and I want to (somewhat) keep up with the times. But what the heck is SLi or Crossfire? I tried looking for any explanations, but all I can get is "in order to use this, you need this" type of info. Why is SLi better than standard PCIe? The card is SLi, just cus if I need it, I'd have it. And the card is only $200/ea.
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SLi is for making 2 PCIe cards run together and perform better than a single card.
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SLi is nvidias way to connect two VGA cards together, which almost doubles performance. Crossfire is ATI's way of connecting two cards together, and DOES double performance except in OpenGL stuff, and if ya ask me, the crossfire is alot better.

Also, i would actually go with a 6800GT. They overclock better, perform better and already have 16 pipes unlocked.
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Sli or crossfire gives you the ability to run 2 cards at the same time...Which makes for more GPU power...As far as AGP being outdated yes it is being harder and harder to find but is still a VERY good slot...The only thing I have found with the different makers of the cards is that sometimes you can overclock better with a different company but the stock card will be the same...
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post #5 of 11
Why are you looking at the 6800GS for PCIe when you have AGP? Are you upgrading to a new system? The 6800GS AGP has a different core, so it often can unlock to the full 16 pipes. Also, it has better clocks than the 6800GT.
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Why are you looking at the 6800GS for PCIe when you have AGP? Are you upgrading to a new system? The 6800GS AGP has a different core, so it often can unlock to the full 16 pipes. Also, it has better clocks than the 6800GT.
yeah, i actually couldnt remember if it was the AGP or PCIe version that had a high chance of unlocking pipes although there is a chance that you might not be able to. Personally i would go with the 6800GT because it DOES allow a pretty high overclock on the mem and core, and does have a bit better FPS than the GS @ stock speeds. But its just a personal opinion, you might think differently
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post #7 of 11
Well of course, the 6800GT isn't made anymore. The GS replaced it. They can only really be found on eBay and here.
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Yes, I am looking at a new system (basically-will be replacing motherboard, processor, videocard, HDD, and power supply). I thought PCIe meant that since it had two slots, they automatically ran together, didn't know you actually had to connect them. And as for the GS and GT-right now I'm running a single AGP card, and still seeing a decent fps in Brothers in Arms and IL2 Forgotten Battles. Between the GS and GT, it's still gonna be better than what i got , but I'm trying to take cost into it a little too. Two GS cards are roughly $400 bucks already. I honestly haven't even looked at ATI cards in PCIe yet....i feel stupid
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Oh yeah, forgot to mention, one reviewer of the card said he got it clocked to 525/1130. Is that good for a card of this size/type/whatever?
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post #10 of 11
SLI isn't really all that worth it IMO unless you're really strapped for cash. $400 gets you a 7800GTX. Also, nVidia is going to release new stuff soon.
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