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Extra card for physx/folding or another 560 for sli?

Poll Results: What should I do?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Go with the 9800gt
  • 85% (6)
    Save up and go sli with the gtx 560
  • 14% (1)
    Not buy anything and be happy with what i've got
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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys, I have the opportunity right now to get a 9800gt for a very good price. I am wondering whether I should go for that and use it for folding/physx and as a back up card just in case my gtx 560 ever decides to die on me, or save up some extra money and go sli.

Now, to give you guys a little back ground, I've been upgrading and downgrading and sidegrading my rig for the past 6 months, and i'm ready to take a rest, sit back, and enjoy my rig. I don't have onboard video, which would be my main reason for getting the 9800gt, to use it as a backup. However, I also do fold so it would be useful there and i've never actually used physx, and i've been meaning to play mirror's edge that I bought over the holiday season.

On the other hand though, I could go with 560 sli, which is a monster performer, however, does present a handful of issues that come with dual cards. I am personally not a big fan of it, and because of that I am usually a single card guy.

So what do you guys think I should do? Get the 9800gt? 560? Or just be happy with what I have now? Thanks!
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Anther 560. If you ran a older nvidia card for physixs, you would get a bottleneck. The new fermis are made special to tackle on physix.
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post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post
Anther 560. If you ran a older nvidia card for physixs, you would get a bottleneck. The new fermis are made special to tackle on physix.
Hmm, that's a good point. But dual card issues scare me a little. Maybe I'll just keep what I have now.
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Anyone else? I keep thinking that buying the 9800gt would be a good idea because I would have a backup card as well as a decent folder. But sli gtx 560 performance is really tempting.
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post #5 of 9
I would save and buy another 560...those sli well and will be useful in the future
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post #6 of 9
560 + 560 = 1120

but

560 + 9800 = 10360

The answer is clear...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Booty Warrior View Post
560 + 560 = 1120

but

560 + 9800 = 10360

The answer is clear...
Yeah, my processor comes stock at 3.3*6MB (multiplier bonus) = 19.8GHz. Pretty good, huh?
Back on topic, get another 560.
post #8 of 9
Sli for the future.
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post #9 of 9
As a Physx card, 9800GT is neither too old nor not powerful enough to match your GTX560 Ti. Its 112 shaders can perform well enough.

Having said this, it is now a 'Physx+Folding+Backup vs Price' issue. As you have not said what 'very good price' is, it is hard to decide. Frankly, if its purpose is purely as Physx+Backup, I would not suggest actually paying money to buy the card. The only factor is Folding. How keen you are as a folder? Nominal? Devoted? I think this factor and the 'very good price' will decide.

If it were me, I would just save up the money for another GTX560.
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