NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX Round-Up: BFG, EVGA, Zogis

0 thumbs up

 

For the purposes of this article, we got our hands on a trio of GeForce 9800 GTX cards from BFG, EVGA, and Zogis.  All three of the cards are basically the same and differ slightly only in appearance and in regard to their included accessory bundles.


    

    
BFG GeForce 9800 GTX

The BFG GeForce 9800 GTX strictly adheres to NVIDIA's reference specifications.  The card's GPU is clocked at 675MHz and its 512MB of on-board memory at 1.1GHz (2.2GHz effective).  It includes an obligatory driver disc, a couple of case badges, documentation that outlines the installation process, configuration, and excellent lifetime warranty, and a few adapters - DVI-to-VGA, HD Component dongle, and a dual-Molex to 6-pin PCI Express power adapter.  As you can see, other than the decals affixed to its fan shroud, the BFG GeForce 9800 GTX looks just like the reference card pictured on the previous page.





    

    
ZOGIS GeForce 9800 GTX

This is the first time we've had the opportunity to evaluate a product from Zogis here at HotHardware.  If you are unfamiliar with Zogis, they are a U.S. based subsidiary of JV Logic, Inc. (as is PowerColor) and are an authorized board partner of NVIDIA.  Like BFG's offering, the Zogis GeForce 9800 GTX is a reference design (same clock speeds, cooler, etc.).  The only marking on the entire card to designate it as a Zogis product is the "Z" sticker on the fan; the shroud actually bares NVIDIA's markings.

The Zogis GeForce 9800 GTX includes a pair of dual-Molex to 6-pin PCI Express power adapters, an HD component output dongle, an S-Video cable, dual DVI-to-VGA adapters, a large Zogis sticker, a driver disc, and a user's manual.

In an effort to differentiate their product from other GTX cards, Zogis is giving everyone who purchases this card from NewEgg a free t-shirt during the launch event and a chance to win an additional card for some SLI action.  Details regarding the promotion should be available on NewEgg soon.





     

     
EVGA e-GeForce 9800 GTX

Finally we present to you the EVGA e-GeForce 9800 GTX.  The EVGA e-GeForce 9800 GTX pictured here also follows NVIDIA's reference design to the letter.  The e-GeForce 9800 GTX's fan and shroud are adorned with elaborate EVGA markings, but underneath the card is essentially identical to the others.  It's bundle is also much like Zogis' and includes a pair of dual-Molex to 6-pin PCI Express power adapters, an HD component output dongle, an S-Video cable, dual DVI-to-VGA adapters,  a driver disc, and a user's manual.

Article Index:

0
+ -

Oh, really?  I'm not impressed at all.  The price is reasonable, since they are a little more powerful than 8800 GTS 512mbs, but only a little.  And even the 8800GTX performs almost as fast.  Have Nvidia hit the wall?  I don't think Nvidia has ever had a case where it's not worth it to upgrade from one x800 series to the next y800 series.  But here you have it.  You might even lose a few frames in some games.  Nvida, wtf?  I know the Radeon 2900 and 3870 perform similar too, but I think most of us knew it was a revision.  This is the top GPU from 2008, but it still isn't faster than something from 2006?  Multiple GPUs are the future now, I guess.

I really can't recommend these.  Bah. 

0
+ -

Even though it is the best single GPU solution, i'm still not impressed... only benchmark where the 9800 GTX appeared to be a real advantage was power.

0
+ -

I have to agree, I am not impressed. Sure Nvidia added some features the 8800 was lacking, but the performance is virtually unchanged. I hope they are planning on releasing something in the near future that kicks it up a notch. This would be more appropriately named the 8800 Ultimate Deluxe Edition or something along those lines, rather than 9800GTX.

0
+ -

I see what you all mean, any why no one is terribly "impressed", but the 9800 GTX is still a nice card. If you already own a 8800 GTS 512MB/GT or 8800 GTX/Ultra, then of course the 9800 GTX is less appealing. But for anyone else with a mid-range card, or previous generation product, the 9800 GTX would make a nice upgrade. And its tough to complain when the fastest single-GPU card available debuts at $329. This thing is going to be sub-$300 before you know it.

0
+ -

I'm with all of you on this..

C'mon a Year and a Half is alot of time in the Computer Era... Technology evolves super fast, Computer Technology gets obsolete ridiculously fast//

Ok they made a Great GPU in 2006, but in my way of seeing things that doesn't mean they don't need to make another Great GPU almost 2 years later..

It reminds me of AMD being the King a couple of years ago with their Athlon 64s.. Beating every single P4.. and BANG.. Core 2 came out and what happened?

Maybe it's time for AMD/ATI to kick in and bring a killer GPU...

0
+ -

Chris and Badboy, the 8800 series has only been out for 15 months, not nearly 2 years, just over a year. The ENTIRE time, AMD/ATI hasnt been able to deliver a damn thing to even be on par with what Nvida has. Why would nvidia want to drive a few more nails in the coffin for AMD/ATI when they can sit there, and make lots of money off of their current stuff and tweak on it a bit while giving their R&D guys more time to make some even better stuff and have more time to perfect their products. This also lets ATI kinda catch up which they need to do so they can push nvidia to have to make a better vid card to counter ATI's new stuff, then the duel begins again.

Nvidia has already relased its dual gpu 9800 card and it retails for about $600, the GTX is retailing for around $350, so there is a nice price segment for an ultra to fit into.

0
+ -

Hi HotHardware Readers!

I'll start off by being open and tell you that I handle the marketing for ZOGIS. I wanted to let you all know of the promo we're running in conjunction with the launch of the 9800GTX. We're giving away a free t-shirt to everyone that purchases a ZOGIS 9800GTX card from NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814136028) and in addition you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a FREE ZOGIS 9800GTX (http://www.zogis.com/9800GTX.html). 

-Gene

0
+ -

I'm just amazed Nvidia titled this card the 9800GTX.  If this barely outperforms the 8800GTS, then good lord, is there even gonna be an 9800GTS?  It would be in position to be slower than the 8800GTS!  I think the 9800 family is already done, at two cards.  Unless they come out with a 9800 Ultra.  But there is no room for lower end 9800 cards because they would be the same as the 8800 cards.  If they named these cards the 9800GTs, then at least I could see why they perform where they do.  But GTX is the high end, or close enough to it.  Unless they are planning the real 9000 series of cards to be the 9900s or something. 

Both Nvida and ATi are stuck with last years GPUs as top dogs.  Comon, someone up the ante.  And I don't think that Nvidia is not coming out with a new card out of mercy to ATi.  For the same reason that Intel continues to kick AMD's ass... because they can.  But in this case, Nvidia can't.  They still have the top performers, but surprisingly not by a huge amount like many predicted they would.

0
+ -

ati might just have a chance if nvidia keeps going this way

Login or Register to Comment
Post a Comment
Username:   Password: