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Second 7600gt or 8 series video card?


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zoneykid

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I was wondering what would be better since 7600gt is a bit outdated(but still fairly good)

Get a second 7600gt, a 8600/8800 or wait till 9600gt?

I am not planning to get vista anytime soon but i wanna play crysis at higher settings(and UT3 at max settings without getting my computer too hot[i can play it already but it will crash sometimes]), I also wanna be able to overclock fairly(i got a zerotherm gx815 cooler since my 7600 was running at 80c on load)


And since i dont feel like starting a new thread just for this, every time i try to overclock my cpu, even by 5mhz, the computer wont boot, does my mobo just suck at overclocking or is it my proc?

Asus A8N sli-deluxe
Amd Athlon 64 x2 4200+ dual core running at stock speed(2.2ghz per core)
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One thing you should be aware of is that at the moment, SLI only gives you 20% performance increase depending on the card. So, assuming you have two 16x slots, you would get an extra 20% out of you already outdated video card, which will cost what, $100? The only SLI I would recommend is 8800 series, because those are the only cards that I think are worth doubling up. I just did some research on your motherboard, and from what I can tell this motherboard would be almost useless for SLI, because it just splits the speeds of the expansion slots to 8x a piece, as opposed to 16x for both, which is the optimum setting for SLI. SLI would be a waste with this motherboard and card, as a matter of fact I doubt you would see much, if any, performance increase.

Edited by gambLe1109, 19 December 2007 - 02:59 PM.

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zoneykid

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Actually a 7600gt would be about $70, but thanks for your info.

Guess i'll just save up for an 8800.
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Having SLI at 8x both or 16x both doesn't affect the performance much, its the GPUs processor power that matters.

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Having SLI at 8x both or 16x both doesn't affect the performance much, its the GPUs processor power that matters.

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That would depend on the card, 8800GTX, 8800GTS, 8800Ultra, HD2900XT, HD3870 and HD2900pro would all likely be bottlenecked by a x8 slot. How much of a bottleneck it would become would depend on the task.
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Edited by james_8970, 20 December 2007 - 01:53 PM.

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