Two nVidia 8800GT Cards Better Than One

by on January 28, 2008

Q: I am buying a new PC and my son and I game a lot. Would I see a performance difference with 2 nVidia 8800GT cards instead of just 1? We will be running Windows Vista on the new computer.

A: The nVidia 8800GT is a great video card. I’m running one myself right now, it’s a wonderful balance of price and performance for the enthusiast PC gaming market. One of these cards hooked into a nice system can run just about anything with max detail and great performance. Adding a second card will give a boost to your frames per second (FPS), however for most games you’ll probably already getting 30 to 70 FPS with just one card and you won’t be able to notice the difference.

If you’re still on the fence about getting a second card you can always add it down the road. You’ll just need to make sure that the motherboard has SLI support. If it does, you can buy an identical card (~$260 right now) add it into the computer and you’ll be all set.

Just remember as you plot for the future that video card technology moves at breakneck speed, and that very often one brand new card is dramatically faster and cheaper than two of last years video card.

Here are two nice big reviews of the nVidia 8800GT, they also include benchmarks showing the performance difference between running one or two 8800GT’s. 8800GT Review
Guru3d 8800GT SLI Review