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8600gts sli vs. 512 mb x1900xt

By twite
Aug 3, 2007
  1. Im trying to run quad monitors,and i need 4 dvi ports. I figured if i am going to spend the money to buy a new vid card, i should just upgrade my old card.

    I Thinking about buying 2 8600 gts..and running them in sli, but i just want to make sure if i am spending the money, that it will at least be an upgrade. Anyone know of any reviews with a comparision between the two?
     
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    for 4 monitors 2 8600 would work but 2 8800GTS would be better if I were u I go with the 640MB models.
     
  3. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 937

    But i don't want to spend over $100 to do it. Once i recieve the new card, i am going to sell the x1900 on ebay..and hopefully get $200 back.

    If i had the money i would buy 2 8800 gtx..but i dont...so im looking for a cheap upgrade.
     
  4. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    I don't think you'll get $200 for that.
     
  5. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 937

  6. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 937

    And still beyond the point..i can bend 50 or so dollars either way.

    Not going to kill me.
     
  7. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    A single 8800 is cheaper than the 2 8600s and a better upgrade option in the future. If you get the 8600s you'll have to ditch 2 cards when you upgrade.
     
  8. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    You should read the whole post.

    I'd say its a pretty tough call about how the 2 8600's will perform compared to the single X1950XT.

    Checking the charts available at www.tomshardwareguide.com, the 8600gts seems to beat a single X1900Xt.
     
  9. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 937

    Seems like it.

    Its right up there with the 1950..so i don't see why 2 in sli wouldn't smoke the 1900.

    Thats probably what i am going to end up doing.
     
  10. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  11. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 937

    Understandable..No worries :)
     
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