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£200 gfx options - to SLI or Not to SLI

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by subfaction, 7 Feb 2006.

  1. subfaction


    Joined: 8 Aug 2003

    Posts: 238

    Looking at going for a new gfx mobo and cpu very soon, soooo...

    do I go for two of these in SLI:
    XFX GeForce 6800 XT Extreme Edition 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (PVT42E-UDE3) (GX-067-XF) for £159.90


    just the one of these:

    Leadtek GeForce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-069-LT) for £179.95
  2. Mr Mister


    Joined: 14 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,670

    definately the 7800gt. It gives sli scope in the future and also not all games fully support the use of sli'd gfx.
  3. LoadsaMoney


    Joined: 8 Jul 2003

    Posts: 29,171

    Location: In a house

    As above, go for the 7800 GT. :)
  4. subfaction


    Joined: 8 Aug 2003

    Posts: 238

    thanks for the advice, had differing reports on SLI, seems its slower than 1 card in some cases, other cases much quicker.

    As a side note, I asked the lead programmer here at work about SLI implimentation, I work for a game developer as an artist, and apparantly SLI is fairly easy to impliment code side, which should mean more games will support it in the future, and those that dont may get patched to do so.
  5. subfaction


    Joined: 8 Aug 2003

    Posts: 238

    ok so it looks like a 7800 gt, what about the ati alternative x1800XL?
  6. fullfat

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Jul 2005

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    Location: Nottingham

    7800gt out of those 2, maybe a x1800xt? if youre budget allows?


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    If you dont know Gibbo works for OcUK.

  8. subfaction


    Joined: 8 Aug 2003

    Posts: 238

    i guess gibbo knows his stuff then... so a x1800xl it is!

    thanks for the advice all!
  9. NutritioN

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Nov 2003

    Posts: 1,332

    Location: EC1V

    It's funny, I was asked the same question recently; and this morning I went through these exact choices 5 mins ago! If you havn't got the SLi motherboard yet maybe consider the crossfire (ATI SLi) equivalent. Then in the future you could have x1800xl *2.