The video card market has been turned on its ear by the competition between NVIDIA and ATI for the gaming dollar. As soon as one company releases a new card the other either seems to release a new card to compete or lowers the price of an existing card to compete better in the market place. Everyone likes a bargain and looking for the best price/performance if they’re buying a video card just makes sense. Lower ASPs (Average Selling Price) may cause the company to have lower margins, and lower profits but the fact is competition improves the market for people wanting a new video card and that’s the bottom line.
With the 9800GT from Gigabyte, you get all of the features, performance and more of the 8800GT that was the top dog among the under $200 video card market a year ago, for a more affordable price of $120 online as of this writing. With performance that rivals the other cards at this price point, the GV-N98TZL-512H video card is a solid choice as it runs cooler than the competition, is shorter so it can fit in smaller cases and is priced near the same as the ATI HD 3870 online but has higher performance. Gigabyte has done an outstanding job on another front as their card supports the Ultra Durable features and HybridPower. Two of these cards in SLI should outperform a GTX280 or come close to it for a lower price meaning that this is a good deal.