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RamboFB

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#1 12 years ago

Hey there, Ive got 9800gtx card at the moment and am thinking Daul SLI. What kind of performance improvment would I get from two? The only problem is that i will have to upgrade my motherboard as it has only one pci-e slot which means choosing one which has the proper socket for my cpu or (I might replace my cpu) dont know yet. The cpu is a duo core @ 2.53ghz. Also is it possible to daul SLI two diffent graphics cards? Any thoughts? cheers




kow_ciller

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#2 12 years ago

If you have to replace the motherboard, it wont be worth it. In order to get the most out of your SLI setup you'll need a quad core, and a motherboard where you can overclock the hell out of that quad. Then bring in the fact that you might need to replace the power supply also. Doesn't seem like a very good investment. You might want to wait for the next generation of cards from each maker before you decide to do something.




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#3 12 years ago

Post your system specs, that'll give an idea of what you can salvage. At a complete guess, I'd say 600W should be enough for 9800GTX SLI.

You may want to replace the CPU anyway though, 2.5GHz is pretty weak, regardless of whether or not you're running SLI.

And no kow, you don't need a quad for SLI. For SLI to work at its best, all needs doing is to turn up AA and AF settings, this forces most of the game to work off the GPUs and not the CPU.

Pick up a 650i cheap, get a good Core 2 Duo, the second 9800GTX, OC everything, and you'll have a very good system.




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#4 12 years ago

Yeah, he'll get improvements. But in order to get the most out of his cards he would need a high-clocked quad. There will be a bottleneck no matter what until he gets a high-clocking chip.




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#5 12 years ago

System specs are cpu= dou core @ 2.53ghz Ram= 4gb graphics=9800gtx hd=250gb standard os= vista monitor= mas res(1680 x 1050) I am think of an upgrade and really dont want to spend more Ā£350 so what do you think is the best option?




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#6 12 years ago

I think you should wait. The 9800GTX isn't a terrible card, it can wait until the new ATI card come out in a few months to force prices down, in which case you should be able to get a reasonable card for the cheap and then you can sell off the 9800, and you won't have to change mobo either.

In the meantime, getting a quad and OC'ing it may be a good idea.




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#7 12 years ago

That's actually not a bad idea. Pick up a good quad, a cooler, and if you have money, an SLI motherboard.




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#8 12 years ago

Mr. Pedantic;4809216I think you should wait. The 9800GTX isn't a terrible card, it can wait until the new ATI card come out in a few months to force prices down, in which case you should be able to get a reasonable card for the cheap and then you can sell off the 9800, and you won't have to change mobo either.

In the meantime, getting a quad and OC'ing it may be a good idea.

I dont want to wait too long, plus ive got a freind who will buy my 9800gtx so thats not really a problem. Ive never changed a processor in a motherboard before is it difficult?




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#9 12 years ago
RamboFB;4808822Hey there, Ive got 9800gtx card at the moment and am thinking Daul SLI. What kind of performance improvment would I get from two? The only problem is that i will have to upgrade my motherboard as it has only one pci-e slot which means choosing one which has the proper socket for my cpu or (I might replace my cpu) dont know yet. The cpu is a duo core @ 2.53ghz. Also is it possible to daul SLI two diffent graphics cards? Any thoughts? cheers

Dual SLI?

Do you SLI is 'dual' already, so do you mean like quad GPUs?:confused:

If that's what you mean it doesn't sound like kow and elous caught your meaning.




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#10 12 years ago

I know what he means. And if you're willing to wait to see the new ATI cards they're going to come out in early april so its not too far off