XFX GeForce 9800GTX Video Card Review :: Conclusion

04-02-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Doc Overclock

NVIDIA has had a massive amount of releases in the past few months and the last few weeks have seen an onslaught of VGA cards and the new 790 series motherboards. The 9800GX2 we reviewed last week was a really fast video card being a dual GPU based monster, and the new 9800GTX is no slouch either, but the real question here is whether the 9800GXT is really a next gen card to replace the 8800 series that it's intended for.

If you are going to create a new card number, like say going from 8800 to 9800, I feel the changes should be significant to warrant such a move. Does the 9800GTX differentiate itself from the 8800 series in raw features or technology? The answer is plainly no my stalwart chums. The main differences here are the ability to use a triple SLI configuration, and a slight increase on the Shader and Core speeds, beyond that it is cosmetically different as it has a new fan configuration and dual power connectors. The drawback with that is that two power connectors require a larger capacity power supply with different connections to accommodate them.

Priced at $349.00 it's replacing the 8800GTX that will most probably now go EOL (End OF Life) due to the fact that it is currently priced $10.00 more than the 9800GTX. Personally I think this is a bit of April foolery on the end users as the 9800GTX is a good card, but it should have been released as a different version of an 8800, not a new nomenclature altogether. NVIDIA has to have something more noteworthy up their sleeves, but with PC games on the wane maybe this is a turning point for the industry at large and their focus is on the next generation console systems. XFX makes good products and this card is just that a good product, but not a great one. I would buy a pair of XFX 9600GT 740m cards that are priced at $169.00 each and run them in an SLI configuration if my budget was in the $350 - $400 range as they outperform both the 800GTX and 9800GTX when ran in a single card situation. That's my take on all this so until later folks..