Originally Posted by xdaseinx
True, but it's close to its limits since it is an 8800GTX overclocked. A lot of 8800GTX's will overclock to the same limits as the Ultra will. The 9800GTX has been shown to have a lot of headroom. The overclock like beasts
This is simply not true. At least not for the most part. I've heard this argument, and it has largely been laid to rest. Most 8800GTX's, even factory overclocked ones, cannot surpass 8800Ultra clocks by much. And they definitely cannot surpass 8800Ultra after overclocking. The stock 8800Ultra core of 612MHz speed (reference design, not factory OC'd) can usually be matched by most 8800GTX's, but not surpassed by much. The 2160MHz memory frequency of the Ultra is widely unattainable by most 8800GTX's unless volt-modded. The 8800Ultra is not an 8800GTX. The core and memory are the same "revision", yes. But they are "binned" differently and can attain different final frequencies, which has been shown by reviews and posts here at OCN and other forums.
But really, that is insignificant to my original point. The 9800GTX can be overclocked to match the 8800Ultra in some benchmarks, sure. But the 8800Ultra can be overclocked as well. What the 8800GTX can do is beside the point, and doesn't invalidate that point.