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.
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.
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.
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.