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Dual video cards vs single

Discussion in 'Games' started by AngryPenguin, Jan 30, 2008.

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  1. AngryPenguin

    AngryPenguin Thread Starter

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    Configuring a new computer and have a few questions. Will be gaming quite a bit on it with COD4 and other new titles. Performance is the factor here. Can either have :

    512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT or

    Dual 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 GTS - SLI Enabled

    Which will give the best performance? I know the single has a faster gpu, but does the dual make up the speed?


    Also with the SLI should I go xp or vista?
     
  2. Jones

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    My two coppers:

    XP for the OS. It uses fewer system resources and 'currently' has fewer stability issues, driver issues, and compatibility issues. Until they get Vista more 'ironed out', I personally am going to avoid it like the plague. DirectX 10 isn't THAT great.

    For the video card, I think you'd be far better off with the 8800gt than two 8600's in SLI. Keep in mind that 2 cards does not equal 2 times the performance. The 8800 is a far more powerful processor. Check out the charts here for some comparisons:

    Single card: http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html

    Dual card:http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_sli2007.html
     
  3. McTimson

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    Definitely stick with the single 8800. If you could get 2 of them, then that would be better, but for games, the improved core and memory speeds of the 8800 will far outweigh the fact that you would have 2 of a lesser core. Dual video cards really show their power when you have to render lots of things, like 3D modeling programs, but for games, speed is the necessity, and the 8800 will deliver better than 2 8600's.
     
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    I fourth that notion.
     
  5. AngryPenguin

    AngryPenguin Thread Starter

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    Thanks to all for the replies. Special props to Jones. That's a great site with comparisons. I'm trying to configure an alienware laptop so I'm not sure I can swing dual 8800's. But will definitely go with the single 8800 if i cant. I'll also go with xp. I sincerely dont want to deal with power hungry vista. Again, thanks for the help ya'll. It's really appreciated. Now if I could only find a promotion or coupon for alienware.
     
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