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advise re: graphics


New Member
Nov 8, 2005
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In deciding on a new mobo, should I go SLI ( dual video card slots ) and is it possible to buy 2 video cards pci express for the same or less cost than a decent single card, and then reap the benefit of dual graphics accelerators. I am looking at the new AM ( AMD) platform for this new system coming out in 2nd quarter of this year. for instance....I used a single hd for many years before trying RAID ( dual hd's. ). I like the RAID better for stablility and response and of course a speed boost, as I use only RAID 0, so I'm wondering does the same sort of mindset apply to dual video cards?

restated, so I want to get 2 cheaper video cards for about the price of a decent single video card, run SLI mode, and hope that this dual video card configuration will give me a bigger bang for the buck, or better graphics than a single card solution. I hope this makes sense.:confused:


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Sep 9, 2005
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british columbia
System Name Gamer
Processor amd phenom quad core 9950 black edition
Motherboard msi ms-7309
Cooling 120mm front,120mm rear
Memory 2gigs ddr2 800
Video Card(s) BFG gtx 260 maxcore
Storage wd 160gig sata2 hd
Display(s) LG 20in widescreen
Case USP 100
Audio Device(s) onboard Logitech x-530 5.1 spkrs
Power Supply Antec Neo 550watt
Software windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Dec 18, 2005
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System Name money pit..
Processor Intel 7700K at 4800 mhz.. vcore 1.280 volts..
Motherboard Asus rog Strix Z279F Gaming
Cooling Dark Rock TF air cooler.. Stock vga air coolers with case side fans to help cooling..
Memory 32 gb corsair vengeance 3200
Video Card(s) Palit Super Jetstream 1070 x 2..
Storage Three.. all solid state 128 Transend.. 1 T Sandisk.. 1 T Transend.. plus USB external..
Display(s) 27" Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 165Hrz Nvidia G-Sync, IPS.. 2560x1440..
Case Gigabyte mid-tower.. cheap and not really big enough for what is inside..
Audio Device(s) USB Sound blaster Roar 2 all in one unit with bluetooth
Power Supply EVGA 850 watt..
Mouse Logitech G700s
Keyboard Logitech K270
Software Win 10 pro..
Benchmark Scores 3Dmark Firestrike Ultra 8542.. Timespy 10508.. everyday settings..
one more expenisve card will go better thow.. providing u buy the right one.. the 256 meg x1800xt seems the sweet spot for ati at the moment.. with nvidia its probably the 256 7800 or will be shortly..

dual cards do two things.. a cheaper uprade if u already have the one card or when u already have the fastest it enables u to go faster.. buying two with the idea of more bang for buck dosnt work out.. one is better..

thow in the case of a pair of 256 X1800s i could be wrong.. he he



Señor Moderator
May 20, 2004
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You're better off with a single high end card, you could always add a 2nd later. Then again they waste a lot of energy.

As for RAID, RAID 0 is not better for stability, in fact you're risking your data on such an array since you lose everything if the array fails.