XFX 9800 GTX+ SLI Video Card Review :: XFX GeForce 9800GTX Bundle

09-22-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun
  • XFX GeForce 9800GTX+ Card
  • Driver CD
  • HDMI Audio cable
  • DVI to D-sub adapter
  • 6-pin power to Molex connector
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Tips and Techniques booklet
  • Iím Gaming Do Not Disturb sign

XFX chose to forgo their usual game bundle of either Call Of Duty 4 or Assassinís Creed. As the 9800GTX+ is targeted towards the lower end of $200, the game bundle isnít important except to show off the new cardís prowess and games get old fast as you play through them. In any event, the Driver CD contains the latest drivers XFX had available to them at the time of release, the Forceware 177.39s which are pretty recent. I would strongly suggest downloading the latest ones of NVIDIAís website 177.42 but these are very recent.

XFX 9800 GTX+ SLI Video Card Review Box


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XFX 9800 GTX+ SLI Video Card Review Bundle


Hardware wise the 9800GTX+ comes with a HDMI Audio cable as there is a HDMI Audio port on the card, a DVI-to D-sub adapter for analog monitors, and a 6-pin power to Molex adapter. Most PSUs come with at least one 6-pin power connector, meaning that you would only need the second one. If you have a PSU without a 6-pin power connector it may be time to upgrade, as the power provided by the PSU needs to be constant and only older PSUs donít have that connection. XFX decided not to include a manual in keeping with their environmental focus, including a Quick install Guide and a Tips booklet. Thereís also a cool door-hanger that has been included in a lot of their video card bundles.

This review is on two 9800GTX+ cards in SLI and setup of SLI is pretty easy. After installing the cards into the PCI Express slots, I installed the 177.79 Forceware drivers. The drivers asked for a reboot of the computer and the SLI Capable system prompt on the taskbar showed up. After a brief flash of the screen, SLI was enabled. NVIDIA provides a one-click interface with their drivers that make everything easy to change including resolutions and anti-aliasing settings. One menu on the left brings up a new screen on the right and every setting is easy to change with a preview of what the setting does in the main menu.

XFX 9800 GTX+ SLI Video Card Review Drivers


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