Undecided on what upgrade path to take.
I currently have two 7900GTX in SLI.
However, since the 8800GTX will be supposedly oh-so-awesome, I am considering not to SLI two of them and just get a PhysX card instead in the FINALLY free PCI slot that's next to my 2nd PCI-E x16 slot that is currently being blocked by my second video card.
Here are the options:
SLI two 8800GTX
Get ONE 8800GTX and ONE PhysX card
No other option will be considered.
I've been an SLI user since the 7800GTX came out last year and I'm really loving it and that's why I am a bit undecided.
The games that I am wanting to play are Crysis and Alan Wake and they would probably take advantage of the graphics horsepower at 1920x1200, so that's why I am wanting to get SLI again. But will a single 8800GTX suffice at that resolution?
I know that it is almost impossible to predict, but what are YOUR opinions?
What would YOU rather get?
8800GTX + PhysX?
I still have about 2-3 weeks to decide, but I just want to make a decision quickly.
SLI. nVidia isn't really that on board with PhysX. The 8*** series is supposed to contain new instuction set or some shit that will compete with PhysX. So, SLI will probably be better.
Then again, games are only as good as what their written for. If you get a PhysX game, then your not going to gain anything with SLI. If you get a game that uses... umm... Havar/Hectic/Havic (something like that) or the new nVidia stuff, then the SLI will be amazing.
So, from the info I got last time I looked, you basicly got this choice.
SLI: HOLYSACREDMOTHEROFGOD!!! O_o (some of the time)
PhysX: Wooooooooooow... that's niiiiiiiice. (all of the time)
My opinion, SLI.
PhysX is PCI... I'd wait till they made the card able to go into PCI-E, or put it directly on the video card. Then again... Soundblasters keep up. Meh, I still say SLI.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
The engine is called Havok.
I never though Jyuu would need advice from someone else, as from what I've read, he knows his stuff, but I agree with Vol, Havok physics are fine, and I don't know if Crysis and Alan Wake (Max Payne devs, right?) are going to take advantage of Havok FX or not, but if they do, that's even better, no need for PhysX. IMO, half the reason to play PC games is the graphics ^_~ so get the second graphics card.
On another note, are the leaked specs of the 8800 real?
Hmm, I will see if there are any new motherboards coming out with less PCI-E x1 slots and more PCI slots so that I can have two 8800GTX in SLI AND a PhysX card.
+ My X-Fi Fatal1ty of course.
actualy, you would want to not buy the current physx card. its PCI and still very first gen and BAD!!! it actualy lowers your FPS significantly (look at GRAW benchmarks). so, 300 for low FPS and a lil more boom facter...well, thats your decision. physx will be soon released in its true glory as a PCI-1x card. its rumered to be able to calculate exponentialy more due to the added bandwidth. jumping the gun on a 8800GTX SLI rig is surprisingly hasty. i would first test with 1x8800 then get the second one since this DX10 revolution, 8800 will be first gen test bed card (much like physx so you dont know what to expect). thats my 2 cents as an older SLI user (2x6800GT...thats right...GT...try to find one of those =D).
Haha, they fixed that issue in GRAW a long time ago and I don't think I'd be affected by any drop in fps in that game. My two 7900GTX deliver way more than 60fps and even if it drops by 15 fps, I wouldn't see it since I vsync all my games at 60Hz/60fps to avoid tearing.
Even if the 8800GTX sucks, I'd just get two R600 and Crossfire them to see if they are any better.
Consider my wallet to be unlimited when it comes to buying computer stuff.
From what I've heard from my friends, the double graphics capabilities of SLI (... that's what it is, how redundant) are a bit better than PhysX. I don't know what these things are outside of that they're super expensive graphics processing systems (I have a gist... I guess).
I say stick with the SLI. It's tried and tested... and it works. Why bother getting something new to use something that you can run without error using something old??
well, ATI is coming out with Triple CrossFire type thing soon. 2 cards in SLI and 1 more calculating physx. they claim that they can outdo agea with only the X1800 (which right now is cheaper than the physx card). now think of next gen...*drools slightly*
ATI makes great products, but I wouldn't touch one unless it's more than great.
Why? Their drivers SUCK and Crossfire is buggy as hell. I've worked on about a dozen Crossfire setups so far and only two of them worked normally and it was on a P5W DH, which uses an INTEL chipset (the 975x) and the others were either on the ATI Crossfire Xpress 1600 or 3200.
Their triple video card solution involves the use of the RD600 chipset and I don't want to use that.
Because we can...
Originally Posted by xxsaznpride
I wish there was more, but that's really about it.
Bleeding edge ftw!
thanks to Silverwmoon!