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DirectX10 gamers now have on their side the most powerful GPU of our days. The VGA cards manufacturer SPARKLE launched its latest design, the GeForce 9800 GX2 Graphics Card, rightfully considered to be world's fastest board. The core speed of the GPU reaches 600MHz, while its 256 stream processors go up to 1500MHz. It also uses 2x256-bit 1024MB GDDR3 memory running at the speed of 2GHz.

The GeForce 9800 GX2 architecture developed by Nvidia has been successfully used by SPARKLE in designing and manufacturing this graphics card. In comparison with GeForce 8800 GTX which has only one chip, the new GPU features two chips inside, making it twice faster than G92. SPARKLE's card becomes this way the perfect choice for DirectX10 titles as Crysis, Company of Heroes, World in Conflict, BioShock or Gears of War.

All the hardware specifications from Microsoft's DirectX10 notes are featured by the graphics card. It also includes Shader Model 4 capabilities and support for the DirectX10 Unified Shader instructions set. The unequaled levels of graphics performance delivered by DirectX10, its realism and superior effects are rendered in real-time by this SPARKLE graphics card. Available for this GPU are also Quad NVIDIA SLI technology and HybridPower technology, which offer higher performance and power effective solutions for the best experience.


Enlarge pictureWhen it comes to Blu-ray or HD-DVD, H.246 video decoding SPARKLE GeForce 9800 GX2 is also the best choice. It can successfully unload the decoding from the CPU allowing it to perform other tasks. This way, there is a significant power consumption reduction, as well as of heat and noise. The High-Definition video quality and home theater experience are provided in the best way possible. SPARKLE GeForce 9800 GX2 features dual DVI-I and HDMI outputs and can provide up to 1920x1080i resolution.

SPARKLE GeForce 9800 GX2 is compatible with PCI Express 2.0 standard. The usage of the 5GT/s bandwidth is maximized up to twice in comparison with the first generation PCI Express, making it ready for the future games and applications which will certainly be more demanding in what concerns bandwidth. As many motherboards do not feature PCI Express 2.0, SPARKLE GeForce 9800 GX2 is also compatible with PCI Express 1.1, providing a wider scope of support.

"The DirectX10 gaming platform is built around the fastest components available and today SPARKLE proudly provides the SPARKLE GeForce 9800 GX2 Graphics Card, the most important components to DirectX 10 gamers. It delivers double stunning performance gains today and supports the key features that will facilitate an awesome visual experience on DirectX 10 titles," Said Allen Wu, sales manager of SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd. And he added that high-resolution gaming and high-definition video playback will also be available for consumers through this graphics card.
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wow thats fast
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Just goes to show you how little of a "failure" the 9800GX2 really is. Back in April last year people were rumoring 250-300% faster cards. 200% is a bit more realistic.
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Just goes to show you how little of a "failure" the 9800GX2 really is. Back in April last year people were rumoring 250-300% faster cards. 200% is a bit more realistic.

I'm really excited to see what sparkle does as far as cooling for their 9800GX2's. I bet their TEC card rocks the house.
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That is indeed very fast, but I fail to see how that is surprising, considering the 7950gx2 was twice as fast as the 7800gtx, and I feel that the two comparisons are pretty similar.
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This isn't that surprising...as it's basically two 8800 G92's strapped together, so this would be expected... If it was 3x faster, then it would be different
    
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I don't really see why playing DVD's and HD videos is such a big marketing point for high end graphics cards now days. Is it really just trying to trick stupid people into buying more expensive cards they don't need?

They keep saying they'll "keep the load off the CPU, allowing it to do other tasks". Really, when you're watching a movie do you actually need your CPU to be doing other tasks?

Completely unrelated: Damn it, these things cost upwards of $1000 here
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I thought this included benchmarks or some verifiable statement, not some "2x the GPU's for 2x the POWUR marketing bullcrap."
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It can successfully unload the decoding from the CPU allowing it to perform other tasks. This way, there is a significant power consumption reduction, as well as of heat and noise
Oh, so the CPU uses less power, but the MONSTER power consuming GPU offloads it from that CPU, and then does the computing on the GPU.

I can see insane reductions...

...NOT
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I still think its a waste of money.
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