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9800 Gx2 Vs. 280gtx


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Poll: Which GPU! (2 member(s) have cast votes)

Which of these should I get, given my setup?

  1. 9800 GX2 (1 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  2. 280GTX (1 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

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#1 shiftplusone

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 02:34 PM

OKAY, so I'm about to order my new stuff to build, and needless to say I'm ridiculously excited. But now I've gotten into a mental debate. So... as the topic says:

9800 GX2
Orrrr
280GTX

I plan on eventually running SLI (or TRI-SLI -drool-) after some more prices drop.

I'll be running these on a 19" widescreen
2.4 Quad core
4 (eventually 8Gb's) DDR3 RAM.
850W Power Supply.

Any suggestions or comments are perfectly welcome.

And if anyone has comments on the PNY company, that's probably who I'll be getting my GX2 from.

Thanks everyone :thumbsup:

Edited by shiftplusone, 29 July 2008 - 02:34 PM.


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#2 Sterling14

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 02:48 PM

Well, here's my opinion. It really depend. Does your board support tri-sli, and/or quad-sli? Since the 9800GX2 it has 2 gpu's in it, you either have one card, or two. Even though one card counts as only having one graphics card, two 9800GX2's count as quad-sli. If your board doesn't support quad-sli, you won't be able to have two 9800GX2's.

I would go with the GTX 280. Because of the price drops, it is a really good deal. It is quite better than the 9800GX2 in most situations. The 9800GX2 only performs slightly better if you're using a huge screen as your monitor. If your screen is 27" or less, the gtx 280 is the better buy. I think in the future, tri-sli would be better with 3 gtx 280's then quad-sli with 2 9800GX2's
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 03:17 PM

Well, here's my opinion. It really depend. Does your board support tri-sli, and/or quad-sli? Since the 9800GX2 it has 2 gpu's in it, you either have one card, or two. Even though one card counts as only having one graphics card, two 9800GX2's count as quad-sli. If your board doesn't support quad-sli, you won't be able to have two 9800GX2's.

I would go with the GTX 280. Because of the price drops, it is a really good deal. It is quite better than the 9800GX2 in most situations. The 9800GX2 only performs slightly better if you're using a huge screen as your monitor. If your screen is 27" or less, the gtx 280 is the better buy. I think in the future, tri-sli would be better with 3 gtx 280's then quad-sli with 2 9800GX2's


I'll be running them with a EVGA 790i, and it says they could run 3 9800gx2's.

I heard the other way around though. That the 280's are better for larger resolutions and screens.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 07:41 PM

I'm 99.9% sure you can't run 3 9800GX2's. The most is two, because it counts as quad-sli. This is currently the only way to achieve quad-sli, even with a nice new 790i board.

The 9800GX2's are generally better at higher resolutions, but once you start to turn on AA and AF, the gtx 280 is better. I still think the gtx 280 is the better choice.
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