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Posted: 1/23/2008 2:30:59 PM EST
The 8800GT is a 512MB card and the 8600's would be 1GB each.
Link Posted: 1/23/2008 2:38:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/23/2008 2:41:08 PM EST by Gator]
If you're building a system, probably the one card.

Granted, the issues aren't that bad, but there can be some issues with an SLI rig. You'll also need a more expensive power supply, and more expensive motherboard.

Look at the performance graphs. Don't just multiply card X performance by 2, because you don't get that level of performance in reality. You need to see a performance benchmark with X card in an SLI setup.

It's worth it if you're building an uber-rig with two of the best cards for the best possible performance. But an 8600 is a mid-range card, and an 8800 is much more powerful.

ETA: Don't be fooled with massive amounts of memory on a lower-end chipset.
1 GB on a single 8600?

The card's GPU can't handle textures that large, and will be a bottleneck anyways. You won't get mega resolutions out of that card (not at good framerates anyway).
Link Posted: 1/23/2008 2:39:48 PM EST
8800 GTX x 2 in SLI Mode
Link Posted: 1/23/2008 2:41:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
8800 GTX x 2 in SLI Mode


Dayum! Now we're talkin' SLI!
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