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[guru3D] 9800 GX2 Review

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I'm surprised nobody posted this yet. I think of this site as the reference site for video card reviews.

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The GeForce 9800 GX2 is fun, pure unadulterated fun, but is does come with a high price tag, runs really hot and has a very anal 8-pin power connector. NVIDIA's 9 series obviously is a respin series. Based on last years architecture, yet made with a smaller fabrication processes, slightly more more efficient, and has better power consumption. But is that really enough to satisfy the premium price paying high-end user ? Personally I tend to lean way more towards Single-GPU solutions these days, though my experiences with the 9800 GX2 definitely were excellent and pretty much flawless. The biggest downside remains the pricing level of NVIDIA's high-end products. Surely there's a market for it, but there's just no future for enthusiast PC gaming if we remain at this price-level.

Performance wise the GeForce 9800 GX2 just does nice things. You can not imagine how cool it is to play Call of Duty 4 at 2560x1600 with every thinkable setting flipped at high and still get razersharp framerates. One of the newest titles I tested was Frontlines: Fuel of War. Again at 2560x1600 we topped framerates close to 60 frames per second, on average ! Things like that make a product like the GeForce 9800 GX2 extremely fascinating. It's that resolution that counts though, do not puchase this card if you play games at a 1280x1024 resoution, please. Only after 1600x1200 the difference will become a real factor. Also please do not forget that this is the fastest "single card solution" VGA card, you do not need a SLI mainboard for it at all. Starting this week the GeForce 9800 GX2 will become available in (r)e-tail with prices hovering from 499 EUR & 599 USD. Many thanks to BFG for supplying the card early and many thanks to NVIDIA for supplying the reference board.

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Yea Guru always has good reviews, I mean, 18 pages!. But this whole card is a fail in my eyes, in every test the SLI 8800GTX beats it by over 10 fps, which is funny because I know there are some people here that sold their SLI GTX setups for this card, and unless they are planning on dropping another $600 for quad sli then its a complete financial failure.

One good thing to note however is that this card doesn't use much more power than an 8800Ultra, due to the die shrink.
    
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I think that for someone who has a mobo with an Intel chipset the 9800GX2 is a good option. If you own a nVidia board maybe you should be better off buying another GTS, GTX and match the performance of the 9800GX2 or even outperform it, while not spending a fortune.
For someone who will invest 1000 euros or 1200 dolars for quad-SLI then i guess you could go with it but the cost is high.
It is a hard decision but the 9800GX2 is not a total fail. On the contrary. nVidia has targeted on a specific portion of the market and whereas the card isn't that impressive, it isn't bad either!
There is a gain over a single 8800 GTS, GTX and i guess some of us owners of Intel (P35, X38) chipsets have already started thinking about it.
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