2x 9600GT's - Thoughts

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  1. Jazza104

    Jazza104 Master Guru

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    2x 9600GT's - Thoughts/Mobo help

    Just wondering if anyone is running a pair of these? I'm thinking of picking up a pair this Friday. What are they like? How do they handle the newer titles (Crysis/COD4/Bioshock/Assassins Creed)? What about power/heat?

    What I'll be buying:
    CPU: E8400
    GPUs: 2x 9600GT's
    Mobo: No idea
    RAM: Kingston 2GB 6400 Twin


    Already bought:
    Case: Antec P182
    PSU: Corsair HX620

    Already have:
    HDD: 500GB SATA HDD
    Mouse: Logitech G5
    Keyboard: Crappy Microsoft keyboard
    Sound Card: Audigy 2
    Speakers + Headphones: Creative Inspire 5200's + Beyerdynamic DT234 Pro's
    Monitor: BenQ FP202W 20.1" WS

    I can't seem to find a decent motherboard that will support everything (45nm/SLI/quiet). I've got a giant list here, if someone could pick one out for $200~$250, it would be great.

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    As you can see, I'm running an ancient old PC when it comes to gaming. I've never had a computer that's been top of the line so I can't wait till this Friday :)
     
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  2. Renzeko

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    you might wana take a look at the "Maximus Formula" it is a decent motherboard with sli support :)

    BTW, those board prices a lil off, you can get a formula here for 239, whereas on that list, it says 399!
     
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  3. Jazza104

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    Way too expensive for a motherboard. The prices are in AUD.
     
  4. chispy

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    NOOOOOOOOO, maximus dormula does NOT support SLI , only supports crossfire. People please if dont know what you are talking about please dont say a word. Read http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=1889&l1=3&l2=11&l3=572&l4=0

    Google its your best friend ;)
     

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    yo, FYI the 8800GT 512mb blows the 96's out of the water, and any cards better teh the 88GT also do obviously. You would be better off buying SLi 8800GT 512mb or SLi 8800GTS 512mb (G92) i wouldnt get the 9600 if i were u

    lol
     
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  6. ---TK---

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    its always best to tell us where you are from when giving a price list avoids confusion
     
  7. micketh

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    Thats not exactly true...

    Though an single 9600GT is not as fast as a single 8800GT. SLi 9600GT's own a single 8800GT/GTS/GTX and Radeon 3870X2... yet costs much less than the GTX and X2 and is similarly priced to a single 8800GTS.

    THe 9600GT SLi is a serious option right now as its price to performance in SLi is remarkable. It costs £100 less than a 3870X2 but is a fair amount faster.

    8800GT SLi would be brilliant and obviouisly quicker than 9600GT SLi but much more expensive and for a benefit which would proably not even be noticed on most resolutions.
     
  8. Matt26LFC

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    He is only running a 20" WS cant imagine he'll b gaming at a high enough res to warrant sli will he? and dont games need to support sli to b able to take advantage of it anyway as not all are at the mo?
     
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    20" Screens are capable of 1680x1050 resolution.
     
  10. Matt26LFC

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    Are they, wasn't sure m8. most people seem to think that 1920x1200 (i think) is where sli really makes a diff, but shud imagine you'll see good improvement at 1680x1050 same res as i game at, except crysis currently 1280x1024.

    Also micketh noticed we have similar systems (Mobo & RAM) wat voltage u running the RAM at for that speed? and wats ur NB set too?
     

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    Northbridge is at stock voltage because it gets damn hot otherwise, as for ram I run it at 2.178 according to options in bios.
     
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    Oh rite, im at 1.393v replaced the stock HS and put on a noctua NC-U6 dual heatpipe with some AS5 believe its at 35C according to HW Monitor anyway.

    Im trying to get stable at 3.6Ghz DDR900 in sync mode cant seem too. Was thinking of getting some Zalman VGA RAM heatsinks for the MOSFETS apparently it helps with sys temps and vdoop
     
  13. micketh

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    3.6 would require 400x8, with the 5/3 divider you should end up with DDR960 I believe... 3.6 is a big jump from 3.23 though.
     
  14. Matt26LFC

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    It is yeh, but im gettin impatient now lol been overclocking for like months! 1st i've ever done it.

    Thought about using the divider but not 100% on how it works? and some people say its not as good, like u might suffer a performance hit? not much from wat they said i think.

    also think theres an FSB hole inbetween those to freq's maybe shud shoot for a lil lower, got temps to worry about too :)
     
  15. micketh

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    Tempratures should not be too much of a issue on decent after market cooling and with reasonable voltage. My chip runs perfectly fine up til around 3250mhz on stock voltage, however it doesnt scale too well with voltage cramming 1.5v through it wont get me much past 3.5.

    The divider basically takes your FSB then performs the calculation based on (FSB/100%)*xx=Dram ie 5/3 at 1600 FSB (Quad Pumped) would be (400/5)*3 = 240 (Quadpumped = 960mhz)...

    I don't think there is a performance hit from using dividers compared with 1:1.
     

  16. Matt26LFC

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    cheers for that m8 dividers make perfect sense to me now :) wasnt sure on the calc b4.

    i'll give that ago run some benchies and see wats wats.

    actually while ya still here, am going to change me nivdia drivers to the lastest 174.31 now i've got my gpu/shaders/mem overclocked a little, do i need to return to defaults b4 i upgrade the current drivers 169.38 or can i leave them as they are?

    thanks
     
  17. micketh

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    nah just upgrade them, then check rivatuner to make sure your settings are still in order.
     
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    Ok cheers m8 you've been most helpful, really appreciate it :)
     
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    s'all good ;)
     
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    thx for the info
     

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