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Hi TPU:rockout: I would like to upgrade my graphic card... I was think to make mid-range rig with two Gigabyte 8600GTS in SLI but my friend say get the Asus 8800GTS 320Mb which bater then two 8600GTS... So... Do i need take the 8600GTS or 8800GTS 320Mb...?:rockout:
Pls don't say about the GTX or Ultra model...:respect:

Tq for help me...:rockout:
Peace Out....:toast:
 

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a single 88gts will win
 

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one 8800 will rock u

if i where u i woult get the 640Mb one if ur budget allows it
 
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The 8800GTS is better, but I'd personally only get the 640Mb one, although the 320 is still good :)
 
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id say get a 2900pro or wait and get a 2950pro next month :D
 

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10q People.... i will get the 8800GTS 320, that good for me for now... and will run them in SLI soon.... Thanks again:rockout:
 

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id say get a 2900pro or wait and get a 2950pro next month :D
I like Nvidia rig.... My sis did run HD2900XT 1Gb DDR4 X-Fire in X38 Mobo with QX6850 also 8Gb RAM... Her rig damm... fast in lost planet with 45Fps at all setting MAX with stock clock:banghead: Some time i play with her rig...:rockout:

Thank.....
 
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nvidia fanism ;) 2900pro 1st of all cheaper than 8800gts 320mb most will get way beyond xt speeds i know both sets of cards run warm but i would go the shader powered card :)
 

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What do you mean both sets of card run hot? My 8800 GTS 640 stays very cool, even with a pretty steep overclock on it.
 

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nvidia fanism ;) 2900pro 1st of all cheaper than 8800gts 320mb most will get way beyond xt speeds i know both sets of cards run warm but i would go the shader powered card :)
Depends where you are, I dont know where he is but I can get a 320MB GTS in the UK for cheaper than a 2900Pro. Having said that, my choice would be the 2900Pro but TBH, if he eventually wants a 2 card solution the power consumption of 2 Pro's overclocked is like serious.

Just for the record, 2 x 8600GTS is pretty damn near to the 320MB 8800GTS performance wise and will not consume any more power which is the sweet thing, if I was going SLi though with lower/mid range cards personally I would get two 512MB 8600GT's, anyone with the 3rd party cooling as standard on them and overclock the hell out of them....IMO 512MB is needed for DX10, I might even pencil mod each of them easily and overclock them in excess of 8600GTS speeds!

But anyways, I too would choose the 640MB card over the 320MB if it has to be NVidia.....little point if you are going to go SLi haveing all that memory swapping slowdown in DX10 with 2 powerful cards just cause you only have 320MB on board, of course if you are only playing at 1280 x 1024 resolutions that shouldnt matter too much!
 
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Depends where you are, I dont know where he is but I can get a 320MB GTS in the UK for cheaper than a 2900Pro.
Mind giving me a link? I can get a 2900Pro for £150, but the cheapest 8800GTS 320 I can find is £180.
 

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Mind giving me a link? I can get a 2900Pro for £150, but the cheapest 8800GTS 320 I can find is £180.
Only if you give me the link to the 2900pro for £150 also!.....i'll dig my superspecial link out for you.
 

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Their out of stock at the moment! but this is the one I was thinking of:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/125114

This is also free delivery so this is what you pay.

The cheapest 2900pro I had found was a couple of quid more, unless you have one for £150 of course, if so I might just be buying one and selling my Gainward! :toast:
 

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Your Gainward would be faster :p
 

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2 8800GTX or 2 ultras... JK the GTS would be best.
 

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gts just cause it leaves you for room to sli up the gts in the future. plus you'll have less heat and power consumption in your system with a single card.
 

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Hi TPU:rockout: I would like to upgrade my graphic card... I was think to make mid-range rig with two Gigabyte 8600GTS in SLI but my friend say get the Asus 8800GTS 320Mb which bater then two 8600GTS... So... Do i need take the 8600GTS or 8800GTS 320Mb...?:rockout:
Pls don't say about the GTX or Ultra model...:respect:

Tq for help me...:rockout:
Peace Out....:toast:
1x 8800GTS would beat 2x 8600GTS' all day long ;) BUT, now is a bad time to buy a new card, you should wait and get the 8800GT ;)
 
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Their out of stock at the moment! but this is the one I was thinking of:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/125114

This is also free delivery so this is what you pay.

The cheapest 2900pro I had found was a couple of quid more, unless you have one for £150 of course, if so I might just be buying one and selling my Gainward! :toast:


Sorry, this product is now discontinued and is no longer available for sale on the Ebuyer.com website. looks like your ace got smoked :ohwell:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/125117 decent 8800gts :D means you can attempt to blow it up and clock crazy to your hearts content :toast:
http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase15.4&prodID=B86876 there is the cheapist 2900pro in the uk i can find but id rather use retailers like ocuk and ebuyer to get my stuff from really
 
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Lambda tek are fine, i ordered some gear off them a few years ago and had no troubles, only reason ive not used them again is they arent usually THAT good on prices

and scan today only is always worth checking, they have xfx 320mb xt's for £162 'today' (that changes around 12pm) and sapphire 512mb pro's for £151 last week
 
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Wait until The 8800GT comes out and the prices of others drop a bit, or hold out till the 9800 and watch all the 8 series prices drop, either way.
The rest has already been said.
 

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#21
8800GTS is a LOT faster than 2x 8600.

As always in SLI threads - SLI doesnt add GPU memory. so a 640MB GTS compared to a pair of 256 or 512MB 8600's, the 8800 really shines.

Not to mention its just a lot faster all around...


Personally i'd say the 320MB if you're gaming at a resolution less than 1280x1024, but if its 1600x1200 (or 1680x1050) or higher, go the 640MB - let your monitor decide the card you get.

oh and if you're waiting, the 8800GT might be a real nice option. should be cheaper, yet still a ton faster than an 8600.
 

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Sorry, this product is now discontinued and is no longer available for sale on the Ebuyer.com website. looks like your ace got smoked :ohwell:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/125117 decent 8800gts :D means you can attempt to blow it up and clock crazy to your hearts content :toast:
http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase15.4&prodID=B86876 there is the cheapist 2900pro in the uk i can find but id rather use retailers like ocuk and ebuyer to get my stuff from really
TRhats starnge, it didnt say it was discontinued last night when I posted it, but I can still get one for cheaper than you have posted, cewrtainly by a few quid and free delivery :p Plus he has not posted the £150 2900Pro yet!!
 

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Sorry, this product is now discontinued and is no longer available for sale on the Ebuyer.com website. looks like your ace got smoked :ohwell:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/125117 decent 8800gts :D means you can attempt to blow it up and clock crazy to your hearts content :toast:
http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase15.4&prodID=B86876 there is the cheapist 2900pro in the uk i can find but id rather use retailers like ocuk and ebuyer to get my stuff from really
And the 2900Pro you posted aint in stock either :cry: Otherwise at that price I would have gotten the 1Gig DDR4 one!
 

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8800GTS is a LOT faster than 2x 8600.

As always in SLI threads - SLI doesnt add GPU memory. so a 640MB GTS compared to a pair of 256 or 512MB 8600's, the 8800 really shines.

Not to mention its just a lot faster all around...


Personally i'd say the 320MB if you're gaming at a resolution less than 1280x1024, but if its 1600x1200 (or 1680x1050) or higher, go the 640MB - let your monitor decide the card you get.

oh and if you're waiting, the 8800GT might be a real nice option. should be cheaper, yet still a ton faster than an 8600.
Your right.....in many things, in quite a few others.... not, take a look at these, yes I have selected some biasly but as I said, it aint a lot quicker or as quick in many things......please bear in mind also that in these tests, the 8600GTS in SLi was against the 640MB 8800GTS!

I have included some synthetic and real world benches.
 

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TRhats starnge, it didnt say it was discontinued last night when I posted it, but I can still get one for cheaper than you have posted, cewrtainly by a few quid and free delivery :p Plus he has not posted the £150 2900Pro yet!!
Heh...probably because the price has gone up....the one I had is now £164, but it was £147 last week...