Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2 Reviews

Nvidia recently introduced its new power house graphics card the GeForce 9800 GX2 and we've got reviews for you from Tom's Hardware and Overclockers Club.

This monster of a card, measuring nearly 27cms features GDDR3, memory bus of 2x256 bits, GPU clock speeds of 600 MHz, shaders clock speeds of 1500 MHz and memory Clock at 1000 MHz. It is built on a dual card platform giving a total of 1gig of memory (2x512 MB).

While both the reviews clearly show the 9800 GX2 is currently the fastest card in the world both concluded that the 9800 GX2 remains weak at the highest resolutions where you'd expect the most out of this card. Its features haven't evolved much compared to the GeForce 8, contrary to what the name indicates. Given its price, the card is for those who are willing to change their graphics card in a year.

Tom's hardware was quick to point out that the current drivers don't fully support Quad SLI benchmarks so they postponed the testing. Maybe the next gen of drivers will boost performance as well. However given the $600 price tag, lack of DirectX 10.1 support and the fact there is really nothing new with this card I'd say its a bit of a disappointment.

Newegg 9800 GX2 Pricing:
  • EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 01G-P3-N891-AR Video Card
    Current price $269.99
  • EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 KO 01G-P3-N895-AR
    Current price $419.99
  • KFA2 by Galaxy GeForce 9800 GX2 98XGF1HSFEXX
    Current price $219.99 After $150 MIR exp 10/31
  • Palit GeForce 9800 GX2 NE/98GX2+H305
    Current price $299.99
  • BFG Tech GeForce 9800 GX2 BFGE981024GX2E Video Card
    Current price $544.99

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