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Disapointed? Yep, so were we. The 9800GTX doesnt, in any way, feel like a successor to the 8800GTX. When nVidia launched the 8800GTX, it just blew everything else away but the 9800GTX is more like the transition that AMD recently went though between their HD 2000 and HD 3000 series. There isnt really much of a performance improvement going from the 8800GTX to the 9800GTX and in some cases, the performance is worse because of the smaller frame buffer.

The price point of the 9800GTX isnt something thats beneficial to it either. Its selling for about $425 in the retail market for which you can either get an AMD 3870X2 or a couple of 8800GT cards and run them in SLI. As we saw in previous pages, both perform better than the 9800GTX. I know that with driver updates, we will see a bit of a performance improvement over time but I doubt that will be enough. At the moment, we cant recommend the 9800GTX- you can either go the 9800 GX2 route if you have a little extra to spend or the AMD Radeon 3870 X2 route if you want to stick to a single card setup.
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8800 Ultra is better then 9800GTX?

Only a great price can save this product.
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I told you so.

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Originally Posted by t4ct1c47
I'll post my opinion now before any benchmarks based purely on my own analysis of news over the past months;

I doubt very much that this card is going to surpass the 8800GTX by any significant margin. All it appears to be is a G92 8800GTS with higher stock clocks. I believe that there should be a reasonable margin when compareing this card to a normal G92 8800GTS, but the fact that it's still limited to only being able to effectively use 512MB of RAM, the 8800GTX, and perhaps the 8800Ultra, are beter choices for those who run games at higher resolutions.

Rest assured I'll be referenceing this post when official benchmarks come out but I already have an idea of the results. I was right about K10 not surpassing Core 2 clock per clock, I was right about 1GB on G92 cards not giving a significant boost and I'll be right about this as well.
The 9800GTX, a step sideways as opposed to a step forward.
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the drivers they are using dont even support the 9800GTX.
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The drivers in the tests were the 174.53 Forceware ones. They had their inf modified to allow support for the new card. As much as I'd like to hope that official WHQL drivers will yield better results, I very much doubt it.
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Kind of expected this to be honest, for me going from SLI 8800GTX's my only really upgrade would be SLI 9800GX2's. And i'm very happy i went that route.
 
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Originally Posted by i_ame_killer_2 View Post
8800 Ultra is better then 9800GTX?

Only a great price can save this product.
With the price of the 8800GTX falling as low as $339.99 ($289.99 w/MIR) on Newegg and the similar sibling 8800GTS 512mb priced as low as $244.99 ($219.99 w/MIR) on the Egg, the purchase of a 9800GTX will be hard to justify.
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Ill stick with my two heavily OC'd 8800GTs until the GT200 can prove otherwise
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The drivers in the tests were the 174.50 Forceware ones. They had their inf modified to allow support for the new card. As much as I'd like to hope that official WHQL drivers will yield better results, I very much doubt it.
did you read the article? Where are you getting 174.50 from??? They were sent 174.40 drivers and they used 174.53 clearly stated in the artice.
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post #10 of 19
I neglected to enlarge the image of their GPU-Z screenshot. The "3" looked like a "0". I've fixed my typo but the rest of my statement still stands.
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