NVIDIA is officially taking the wraps off of their new GeForce 9800 GTX card today. With its predecessor, the GeForce 8800 GTX's, excellent pedigree the new GeForce 9800 GTX certainly has some pretty big shoes to fill. Its name alone will make many users assume the GeForce 9800 GTX is NVIDIA's new flagship single GPU powered graphics card. And technically it is. But we all know what happens when people assume.
Thankfully, there's no longer a need to make any assumptions. We've got a trio of GeForce 9800 GTX cards in-house from NVIDIA's partners BFG, EVGA, and Zogis and have put them to the test with some of today's popular games running at XHD resolutions in single card, SLI, and 3-Way SLI configurations. Click the link below and take a look...NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX Round-Up: BFG, EVGA, Zogis
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.
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.
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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.
ati might just have a chance if nvidia keeps going this way
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