Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX
Released April, 2008
The Pros:Can run games at maximum quality very smoothly. Capable of SLI for multiple GPU processing. Capable of fast processing for professional 3D graphics and video rendering.
The Cons:Draws a fair amount of power, will need two separate power cables to operate. Built in a large profile, takes up a fair amount of room. Generates a lot of heat, need to ensure case is properly ventilated.
The GeForce 9800 GTX is Nvidia's high end 9th generation graphics card specification, recently replaced by their 10th generation high end models the GTX 260 and GTX 280. Built originally on a 65nm process, the 9800 GTX went to a 55nm process in July 2008 (hence GTX+), allowing Nvidia to make the card faster and cooler at the same time.
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Containing a fairly large GPU the 9800 GTX contains 754 million transistors. Introduced at 349 dollars, the 9800 GTX has seen a great deal of competition from superior offerings, both from the Nvidia camp (with the newer GTX 260/280) as well as from AMD/ATI, with their new inexpensive offerings such as the Radeon 4850/4870 and more recently 4850x2/4870x2. Today a 9800 GTX card can be had for just over $200.
- Core clock speed: 675MHz (738MHz for GTX+)
- Stream Processors: 128
- Shader clock: 1688MHz (1836MHz for GTX+)
- Memory bus: 256bit
- Memory: 512MB DDR3, 2200 MHz
- Memory bandwidth: 70.4GB/s
User Reviews (2)
can run games at maximum quality very smoothly
capable of SLI for multiple GPU processing
capable of fast processing for professional 3D graphics and video rendering
only takes up 1 slot, despite the high performance
draws a fair amount of power, will need two separate power cables to operate
built in a large profile, takes up a fair amount of room
generates a lot of heat, need to ensure case is properly ventilated
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