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http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3266

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And once again NVIDIA sets its self on top of the graphics card performance pile.

AMD is able to keep up with 3x (or more) 3870 cards in Oblivion, but everywhere else it's the 9800 GX2 on top. As far as single card solutions, the 9800 GX2 is currently the alpha dog.

Like the 3870 X2, we didn't have any trouble installing the driver and getting things rolling. The experience was smooth and clean as far as that was concerned. We did run into some problems that seem like they might be Skulltrail specific at this point. The latest BIOS and 174.53 driver from NVIDIA solve a graphics driver failure when playing Crysis, and we saw some strange scaling at lower resolutions, but we don't expect most users to run into those problems.

Despite the fact that this card does lead the rest of the field counts for something, but its price tag will be a limiting factor. There are advantages to having the fastest card around of course, and we expect that NVIDIA will use this card to position itself as the best option in computer graphics. Certainly they are the best option when you have deep pockets, but savvy gamers will still pay close attention to price / performance and overall value. It can be fun to explore what is possible with the best of the best, but at the end of the day you have to come home to what ever is in your own box.

AMD has been fighting back, first with strong offerings in the midrange and then with stronger price cuts. While it is clear AMD can't compete at the high end, they are still capable of competing for gamer's dollars. Just because another company has the top card out there doesn't mean that all of their other parts gain some mystic value. While it still isn't relevant for games yet and we can't even test the performance of it, AMD's hardware supports DX10.1 while NVIDIA is still lacking in that area. The built-in HD audio device that outputs sound over the DVI port when the AMD HDMI adapter is attached is incredibly convenient (though both vendors are lacking in how well the support audio over HDMI).

The point is that you can't judge a book by its cover or a graphics card by some other part that is much faster. Take each case as it comes and make a decision based on what is best at that price point at that time. If your price point happens to be $600 to $650, by all means, pick up a 9800 GX2. If not, make sure you do your homework.
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Some charts to look at





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Woah! That's more like it......39FPS @ 1920x1200 HIGH /W V.HIGH Shaders.
 
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Im impressed, all of a sudden, the 9800 GX2 doesnt look like a bad choice at all...
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I figured this would happen, but its 600 bucks... thats absolutely ludicrous
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I stated back in January that it would equate to 8800GTS 512MB SLi performance.

A good card for those wanting to run two nVidia GPU's on an Intel chipset board, but anyone who already has G92 SLi should look towards the GT200.
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Originally Posted by KentaroShinseki View Post
I figured this would happen, but its 600 bucks... thats absolutely ludicrous
600 bucks is still cheaper than me going out and grabbing a SLI board and 2 8800GTS 512s. I like my 965p, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! lol.
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I stated back in January that it would equate to 8800GTS 512MB SLi performance.

A good card for those wanting to run two nVidia GPU's on an Intel chipset board, but anyone who already has G92 SLi should look towards the GT200.
I think another appeal of the GX2 would be Quad-SLI if Nvidia can get it to scale well.
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Wow, I cannot believe they made this thing push the hot air into the computer case, how stupid could you be!
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