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Originally Posted by MasterBillyQuizBoy
Which would warrant getting a great 16x2 board, and perhaps in the future, picking up another 7900gt if I'm starting to see some slower FPS.

I want something I can upgrade.
get a decent quality asus or dfi board and pick up a 7900 if you want. that way upgrading down the road will be easy.
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post #12 of 46
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Thats not true at all whatsoever. Even the 7900GTX doesn't really saturate 8 lanes. 2 16x lanes may actually be slower because of the two seperate chipsets supplying the lanes.
wow, you need to do a little research. -
http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_ask_mmm003.html
read the reply to that

you'll find the GAMES dont use the bandwidth, which they eventually will, with DX10
the game programers decide how to use the lanes, so with DX10, i think you'll see lanes gettin used up more

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The reason is most games today don't saturate the available bandwidth. This is where my 'friend with the question' and I agree: If we are going to throw down the big bills on a new motherboard, it better be ready not only for the games of today, but also for the games of tomorrow. A motherboard is a longer term investment. It better be future-proofed!
its a future proof system, so if you put 2x8000GTX's (DX10 card) in a mobo with 32 lanes, the GAMES will most likely have them use all the lanes possible
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SLi is worthless in my opinion unless your running a 30" LCD, or have one of the cards already, its worth getting the better card for the price of the 2 lesser card for less than the 2 cards would be anyways and you dont see much of an increase
my thoery is thus:2 gpus dont have to work as hard as 1 gpu. So you will free up any bottle neck on the video aspect of havin sli.
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post #14 of 46
personally, i think you should only go SLI/Crossfire if you were getting the cards at the same time or not too far down the road from each other.

waiting a couple of months to get a 2nd one doesn't make much sense to me. a better card will come out that will be more efficient and less noisy then your older paired cards.

to each his own though.
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i never thought i'd be defending SLI, i used to hate it 'till i heard about the 32 lane mobo's
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BUT, crossfire, and quad SLI are a different story.
i believe crossfire doesnt have 32 lane support yet (im not sure though)
and quad SLI creates the same problem as 16 lane dual SLI
(64 lanes, *drools*)
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lol either way SLI does bring performance benifits for less, and leaves the options to upgrade easy. My personal opinion: get a 7600gt now. OC it.Buy another in 4 months and then oc that too. you will have reliable awsome performance.
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SLI is a gimmick for rich fanboi's that like to blow all their money on the two best cards for the best possible setup ever. The only things SLI really benefits in are benchmakrs (IE: 3dmark05, 3dmark06).

If I were you I would aim for the X1800XT (can be found for under $270 after rebates) with a MSI Neo4 Platinum motherboard (nForce4 of course).

The 256mb x1800XT's perform just as well as the 512mg x1800xts, the 512 is a gimmick. They also outperform the old 7800GTX's, and the newer 7900gts.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102698

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130484
    
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SLI is a gimmick for rich fanboi's that like to blow all their money on the two best cards for the best possible setup ever. The only things SLI really benefits in are benchmakrs (IE: 3dmark05, 3dmark06).

If I were you I would aim for the X1800XT (can be found for under $270 after rebates) with a MSI Neo4 Platinum motherboard (nForce4 of course).

The 256mb x1800XT's perform just as well as the 512mg x1800xts, the 512 is a gimmick. They also outperform the old 7800GTX's, and the newer 7900gts.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102698

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130484
that just seems like a large series of opinions.
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wow, you need to do a little research. -
http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_ask_mmm003.html
read the reply to that

you'll find the GAMES dont use the bandwidth, which they eventually will, with DX10
the game programers decide how to use the lanes, so with DX10, i think you'll see lanes gettin used up more

its a future proof system, so if you put 2x8000GTX's (DX10 card) in a mobo with 32 lanes, the GAMES will most likely have them use all the lanes possible
Oh no, I lose 2 FPS because I have a 16 lane motherboard. Shoot me in the head. By the time DX10 comes around, I'll have a whole new computer at the rate we're going anyway.

Edit: I just read the link. It looks like some Nvidia marketing BS.
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