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Although much of the scuttlebutt lately has revolved around AMD’s upcoming Llano and Bulldozer-based APUs, the company isn’t done pushing the envelope with their existing processor designs. In case you haven’t noticed, over the last few months AMD has continued to ramp up frequencies on their current bread-and-butter Phenom II processor line-up to the point where they’re now flirting with the 4GHz mark. We should also point out that AMD has done so with little disruption to their relatively low pricing structure; as a newer, faster processor is released in a given product family, it occupies the historic top spot while the existing products have simply been pushed down... Read more...
Although much of the scuttlebutt lately has revolved around AMD’s upcoming Llano and Bulldozer-based APUs, the company isn’t done pushing the envelope with their existing processor designs. In case you haven’t noticed, over the last few months AMD has continued to ramp up frequencies on their current bread-and-butter Phenom II processor line-up to the point where they’re now flirting with the 4GHz mark. We should also point out that AMD has done so with little disruption to their relatively low pricing structure; as a newer, faster processor is released in a given product family, it occupies the historic top spot while the existing products have simply been pushed down... Read more...
When we think about ECS and their product lines, we typically expect a budget-minded approach. Solid products at reasonable prices that don't exactly wow the consumer, but don't hit them hard in the wallet either. The ECS X48T-A motherboard that we looked at a few weeks ago was one of the first steps by ECS to change that image, although a few missteps with the construction as well as some overclocking issues didn't overly sway us to their new way of thinking.Thus, we were a bit surprised when we first heard about the ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra - a twin pack of high-end graphics cards consisting of two GeForce 9800 GTX+ cards combined with liquid-cooling. The 9800 GTX+ is the upper level of... Read more...
  When we think about ECS and their product lines, we typically expect a budget-minded approach.  Solid products at reasonable prices that don't exactly wow the consumer, but don't hit them hard in the wallet either.  The ECS X48T-A motherboard that we looked at a few weeks ago was one of the first steps by ECS to change that image, although a few missteps with the construction as well as some overclocking issues didn't overly sway us to their new way of thinking.  Thus, we were a bit surprised when we first heard about the ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra - a twin pack of high-end graphics cards consisting of two GeForce 9800 GTX+ cards combined with liquid-cooling. ... Read more...
NVIDIA's current list of graphics products reads like a mathematician's crib sheet; there are no fewer than 10 active SKUs in their GTX 200- and 9000-series of graphics cards. It's generally understood that higher model numbers typically mean better peformance, but the subtleties behind the GSO / GT / GTX / GX2 monikers are enough to confuse even the most stalwart tech gurus. NVIDIA admits to creating some buyer confusion, and plans on making things easier from here on out with the model type coming first (GTX meaning high-end) and the part number corresponding to the performance level second, with higher numbers obviously equalling better performance (ie, a GTX 280 is faster than a GTX 260).Adding... Read more...
NVIDIA's current list of graphics products reads like a mathematician's crib sheet; there are no fewer than 10 active SKUs in their GTX 200- and 9000-series of graphics cards.  It's generally understood that higher model numbers typically mean better peformance, but the subtleties behind the GSO / GT / GTX / GX2 monikers are enough to confuse even the most stalwart tech gurus.  NVIDIA admits to creating some buyer confusion, and plans on making things easier from here on out with the model type coming first (GTX meaning high-end) and the part number corresponding to the performance level second, with higher numbers obviously equalling better performance (ie, a GTX 280... Read more...
A lot has happened over the past month in the world of 3D gaming graphics: NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260, ATI introduced us to the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850, and NVIDIA tried to rain on the Radeon HD 4800 Series parade by dropping the 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+. If that weren't enough, we've already seen price drops on the GTX 280 and GTX 260 as well. The latest fight for your pixel pushing dollars is shaping up to be quite a battle, and it's just getting started.Although the latest and greatest graphics cards are always a hot topic, we're going to focus on one of the established predecessors - a GeForce 9800 GTX (without the plus sign) in this piece. Our sample comes from ASUS... Read more...
A lot has happened over the past month in the world of 3D gaming graphics: NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260, ATI introduced us to the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850, and NVIDIA tried to rain on the Radeon HD 4800 Series parade by dropping the 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+. If that weren't enough, we've already seen price drops on the GTX 280 and GTX 260 as well. The latest fight for your pixel pushing dollars is shaping up to be quite a battle, and it's just getting started. Although the latest and greatest graphics cards are always a hot topic, we're going to focus on one of the established predecessors - a GeForce 9800 GTX (without the plus sign) in this piece. Our sample... Read more...
On Thursday, the same day that AMD unveiled - early - its 4800 series of cards (because some etailers were already selling the card), NVIDIA decided it just had to unveil its own new card, as well as some other good news.NVIDIA's new card is the GeForce 9800 GTX+ GPU, an overclocked 9800 GTX, but really the 55nm refresh of the G92. NVIDIA increased default clock/shader speeds: from 675MHz to 738MHz and from 1688MHz to 1836MHz respectively. Memory speeds for this card will be 1100MHz, similar to the existing 9800 GTX. The MSRP will be $229, and it will hit store shelves in mid-July. At the same time the 9800 GTX's price will be dropped to $199, matching AMD's 4850 MSRP.          ... Read more...
In case you haven't heard, BFG is running a promotion featuring 10 special edition GeForce 9800 GX2 cards, which will be given away or sold for charity.  BFG Technologies has created a limited run of special retail boxes featuring the photo of NVIDIA CEO and founder, Jen-Hsun Huang, to honor NVIDIA’s selection by Forbes as “Company of the Year.” Inside each box is a BFG NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card that has been autographed by Huang and Scott Herkelman, president of BFG Technologies. Packaged in this limited-edition box, only 10 of these signed graphics cards exist in the world.  Three of the cards will be given away in a drawing hosted by [H] and BFG.  The prize package... Read more...
We just received some photos of a slick, liquid-cooling system for the recently released GeForce 9800 GTX that we thought you'd all like to see.  The shots come by way of Berlin-based Aqua Computer.  Aqua Computer manufactures a number of custom liquid-cooling kits and accessories for everything from processors to hard drives, but their GPU water blocks are particularly trick.         Click For Hi-Res Photos The aquagrafx 9800 GTX cooling system you see pictured here should be available on the company's website very soon.  In addition to its obvious good looks, the aquagrafx 9800 GTX features purified electrolyte copper construction (99.99% pure cooper)... Read more...
The PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GTX OC 512MB Graphics Card Is Available Now Company Offers Three Discounts with Online PurchasePARSIPPANY, N.J. – April 08, 2008 – PNY Technologies®, Inc. today announced that its PNY XLR8™ GeForce® 9800 GTX OC 512MB PCI-e 2.0 graphics card is available now for purchase.  Based on the NVIDIA® GeForce 9 Series of GPUs, this overclocked graphics card features 512MB of GDDR3 frame buffer memory, a 725 MHz core clock and 1813 MHz shader clock.  PNY will provide three bonus offers for a limited time when customers purchase its new XLR8 9800 GTX OC card at https://www.pny.com/9800gtxoc-offers.  “With the XLR8 GeForce 9800 GTX OC card, gamers... Read more...
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... Read more...
NVIDIA's onslaught of new graphics cards based on the company's G92 graphics processor continues today with the introduction of the GeForce 9800 GTX.  As its name suggests, the GeForce 9800 GTX is the successor to the wildly popular and unusually long-lived GeForce 8800 GTX.We're sure you all know by now that the GeForce 8800 GTX was introduced in November of 2006 and sat unrivaled at the top of the 3D graphics food chain until the 8800 Ultra was released, which was essentially the same card with a different cooler and higher clock speeds.  From an enthusiast's standpoint, the GeForce 8800 GTX must be looked at as nothing but an overwhelming success.  Regardless of the actual sales... Read more...
Last week, NVIDIA formally launched the dual-GPU powered GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card and nForce 790i SLI Ultra chipset.  We evaluated both products in our coverage of the launch, but had to leave out one important detail per NVIDIA's embargo agreement - that being Quad-SLI.  The embargo has since lifted, however, and today we take a look at 2008's version of Quad-SLI technology with a pair of retail-ready graphics cards from ASUS, the EN9800GX2.  Head on over to the site for the full scoop...NVIDIA Quad-SLI with the ASUS EN9800GX2... Read more...
Last week, NVIDIA formally launched the dual-GPU powered GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card and nForce 790i SLI Ultra chipset.  We evaluated both of the products in depth in our coverage of the launch, but had to leave out one important detail per NVIDIA's embargo agreement - that being Quad-SLI.It wasn't that Quad-SLI needed some more time in the oven, however.  In fact, we had the drivers in hand to do Quad-SLI testing well before last week's launch.  The delay in GeForce 9800 GX2 Quad-SLI coverage was simply due to a timing issue and commitments NVIDIA had made with a few of their OEM customers, who will likely be announcing Quad-SLI powered system sometime today. ... Read more...
NVIDIA has finally taken the wraps of their latest desktop chipset, the nForce 790i SLI Ultra, and a brand new flagship graphics card dubbed the GeForce 9800 GX2.  We've taken a look at a pair of motherboards, one from ASUS and the other from EVGA, built around the new nForce 790i SLI Ultra chipset and have tested the dual-GPU powered GeForce 9800 GX2 as well.  Here's a snip from the piece... "A new desktop chipset complete with a DDR3-based memory controller is here, along with a dual-GPU powered monolith of a graphics card that is NVIDIA's most powerful to date.  Together, the combination of a GeForce 9800 GX2 (or two GX2s) with the nForce 790i SLI Ultra chipset redefine the... Read more...
Way back in late 2006, NVIDIA simultaneously unveiled a new flagship GPU and desktop chipset that became the foundation of what NVIDIA was calling the "ultimate gaming platform".  At the time, the combination of a pair of GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards and an nForce 680i SLI-based motherboard was clearly the most powerful hardware combo available for gamers.  And here we are, nearly a year and a half later in early 2008, and still that combo is tough to beat; truly a testament to NVIDIA's engineering abilities and execution.Since the introduction of that version of NVIDIA's ultimate gaming platform, the company's product stack has changed quite a bit.  New GPUs have hit the... Read more...
You probably recall that NVIDIA had a fairly recent coming-out party for the GeForce 9800 GX2 at CeBIT, with more than a few cards on display for all to see, including this one from Albatron.  There were also various other sneaks and leaks from other offerings as well of course but we've haven't heard from Asus just yet... operative word there, "yet".  Asus EN9800GX2, bundled with Company of Heroes Whatever happend to the "manly" graphics card?  Of course, the Ninja Geisha emblazoned on the front of the card could likely dish out a can of whoop as well we suspect.  Word has it a slow boat from Taiwan might be carrying a few of these to the US soon... very soon. ... Read more...
The CeBIT 2008 show is Germany's version of our CES, or Taiwan's Computex, only with a little wienerschnitzel thrown around and some Helles to wash it down; you get the idea.  As with many shows like these, lots of inside info is released and as yet announced products are often shown behind closed doors and sometimes even openly with a pause and a "oops" afterwards as if to say, they really didn't mean to do that.  In that vein this morning, Albatron steps up and tips their skirt in our general direction with this...    Though typically we would offer that we can neither confirm nor deny that these are in fact pictures of Albatron's... Read more...
As with all rumors please take the following with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from NVIDIA.If the 9600 launch impressed you, but you were holding out for a card with a little more horsepower, then you might be in luck.  Rumor has it that NVIDIA will be launching high-end cards in the near future:“At the top-end of the 9-series cards will sit the dual-GPU GeForce 9800 GX2 which will launch on March 11 this year. This will be followed by the GeForce 9800 GTX and 9800 GT between the end of March and beginning of April.”There's no word on what to expect from these cards in terms of specific features other than the fact that the GX2 will probably be a dual... Read more...
We reported yesterday that NVIDIA has taped out their next generation GPU, the 9800, or so the rumor goes.Now we’re picking up new details, such as the the rumor that the new cards are said to run much quieter than current generation cards such as the 8800 Ultra.As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt until we actually get a card to review and give you the straight scoop. “As it turns out, in preliminary audio tests, the new card is more silent than not just 8800Ultra, but it is also less noisy than 8800GTX. It turns out that we are slowly approaching the era of silent monsters - computers that will emit less noise that your typical 15.4-inch laptop.” While it seems like we might... Read more...
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