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The 9800GTX is a slightly better clocker, and costs considerably more. I wouldn't call it a ripoff... look at the relationship of the Ultra to GTX for slightly better OC'ing, but hundreds of dollars to spend.

If you want the best single CPU card out atm, the 9800GTX is it, however it is not the best value. The Ultra/GTX pull at high res but the 9800GTX holds up against them until above 1680. If I remember the Tom's HW review said that the 9800GTX was on average 7% faster than the GTX/Ultra with all resolutions considered.
Single vs single, 8800GTX/Ultra is just better. All the reviews you read out there compare framerates and that's it. At 1680x1050 with high AA/AF or above, 8800GTX/Ultra is very steady, but the 256-bit 512MB on the 8800GTS/9800GTX makes it stutter a bit.

From my own experience:

9800GTX SLI > 8800GTX SLI > 8800GTX > 9800GTX

There are just some things simple bar graphs can't tell you.
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Here is the difference:

The 9800GTX performs less than 5% better, on average than the 8800GTS G92. (Source)

The 9800GTX costs ~$300, while the 8800GTS G92 costs ~$225 (low-end).

In other words:

A 9800GTX will give you a ~4% performance boost, at a ~33% price premium.
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Even with money being 'no issue', I really don't think getting a 9800GTX makes a lot of sense at this point. If you really need something now I'd get a 9600/8800GT/GTS that way when the next gen comes out (which is supposedly pretty monstrous and pretty soon) you can just pick one up without feeling like you just blew $300 on the 'latest/greatest' just a couple months ago...
    
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so I just stepped up from an 8800 GTX to the 9800 GTX... was that a bad move? I'll admit my frames in COD4 seem to be down... when I go through smoke and such it does stutter a tad although I haven't done any serious testing to prove any of it... all I know is that my 3DMark scores went up by a thousand or so.

So was it a bad move?
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Ive never had a 8800gts but i did have a 8800 Ultra before i got my 9800GTX and i have to say that i have found my 9800GTX performs and overclocks better that my 8800 Ultra ever did
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so I just stepped up from an 8800 GTX to the 9800 GTX... was that a bad move? I'll admit my frames in COD4 seem to be down... when I go through smoke and such it does stutter a tad although I haven't done any serious testing to prove any of it... all I know is that my 3DMark scores went up by a thousand or so.

So was it a bad move?
For your monitor, I'd say it was a neutral move (1920x1200 is the res where the 8800GTX usually outperforms the 9800GTX), but personally I wouldn't have done it.
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it depends. did u step up as in the 'evga step-up program' or just buy a 9800gtx? if you used the step-up program does that entitle u to step-up again (to a 9900GT/GTX/etc)? if so u didnt make a bad move. if not then yea. its a small upgrade.
    
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Single vs single, 8800GTX/Ultra is just better. All the reviews you read out there compare framerates and that's it. At 1680x1050 with high AA/AF or above, 8800GTX/Ultra is very steady, but the 256-bit 512MB on the 8800GTS/9800GTX makes it stutter a bit.

From my own experience:

9800GTX SLI > 8800GTX SLI > 8800GTX > 9800GTX

There are just some things simple bar graphs can't tell you.
What made you go from 8800GTX SLI to 9800GTX SLI? And why do you say now that the 9800GTX SLI is better? You have a 24" (1920x1200) monitor. Are you saying the 9800GTX SLI is better for 1680x1050 high AA/AF or above than the 8800GTX SLI?

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What made you go from 8800GTX SLI to 9800GTX SLI? And why do you say now that the 9800GTX SLI is better? You have a 24" (1920x1200) monitor. Are you saying the 9800GTX SLI is better for 1680x1050 high AA/AF or above than the 8800GTX SLI?

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Don't forget why SLI existed in the first place. It was created for high-def gaming.

If anything, I noticed that these 9800GTXs scale better in SLI. While one card may stutter at higher res, put 2 in SLI and you'd have more than enough raw power to overcome that limitation. It's more or less like brute forcing.

SLI splits the work evenly, and the same process duplicates on both card's memory. True, I still get 512MB, but essentially it acts like 512MB on 512-bit.

I might not fully understand how this all works behind the scene, but as far as gameplay goes, 9800GTX is the better card for SLI while 8800GTX is the better card for a single-GPU setup on high-res.

There's also another reason why I went from 8800GTX SLI to 9800GTX SLI. I don't care much about power consumption, but as for heat, single 8800GTX is 100% acceptable. When you get 2 in SLI, they would create so much heat that it affects your entire computer and your room temperatures. Don't forget, the heatsink design of the 8800GTX circulates at least half of its heat back into the case, so that became a problem in SLI.
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The 9800GTX is indeed more powerful than the 8800GTS and overclocks better as long as price isn't the issue.

The 9800GTX is about as powerful as an 8800GTX if that puts it into perspective.
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