XFX announce Black Edition 9800GTX & 9800GX2

"XFX have issued a press release giving details on their Black Edition versions of the 9800GTX & 9800GX2"

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XFX announce Black Edition 9800GTX & 9800GX2
XFX have issued a press release detailing the release of two new cards to their line-up.  Its a new Black Edition version of the 9800GTX & 9800GX2.  These two G92-based cards will be available as limited editions and both of them will be bundled with Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed.
XFX state in their press release that these cards are faster than any card currently in the XFX line-up - or any card on the planet for that matter.  They say that these limited edition graphics cards are the real XFX family jewels.

Both cards are factory overclocked beyond XXX performance level.  These elite performers are also quite exclusive, with each one hand-picked and tested for quality assurance.  To enhance the Black Edition experience, the 9800 GTX and 9800 GX2 Black Editions also come with dedicated LiveHelp support and priority support through the xfxforce.com ticketing system and, as Black Card holders, buyers will enjoy an array of exclusive Black Edition perks.  Also the 9800GTX utilizes HybridPower technology to enable users to switch their graphics card to their motherboard GeForce GPU when surfing the web, working or running less graphically intense applications should your motherboard support the feature.
9800GX2 Black EditionAs for the specs, the Black Edition 9800 GTX has its core clocked at  760MHz, with 1GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1140MHz (2280MHz) and the shaders ramped up to 1900MHz.  These specs are against the standard release card speeds of 675MHz on the core, memory at 1100MHz (2200MHz) and shaders at 1688MHz.  The card is HDMI capable via an HDMI upgrade kit which is included in the bundle.

The 9800GX2 Black Edition has its cores bumped up to 700MHz and also has 1GB of GDDR3 memory but clocked a little lower at 1050MHz (2100MHz) and the Shaders clocked at 1700MHz.  This is opposed to standard release card speeds of 600MHz on the cores, memory at 1000MHz (2000MHz) and shaders at 1500MHz. This card also supports HDMI.
As for availability and pricing, the only place I've managed to find them listed in the UK is at Scan.  They are both on pre-order stating "Awaiting ETA from Manufacturer" and are priced at £270.23 Inc VAT for the GTX and at £430.24 Inc VAT for the GX2
Click on these links for full specs 9800GTX & 9800GX2
Would you be happy shelling out the extra money for a factory overclocked Black (limited) Edition XFX cards? Or just buy one of the standard versions and overclock them yourself to save a few pennies.
Lets us know in our forum.
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11-04-2008, 09:46:35

I'll try find someone who can help me test the card to see if it's working.

And yea, i got a cooler on in, just didn't include it in the text :P

11-04-2008, 09:48:33


it says you have no CPU cooler? what do you mean by that. If you havent got a cooler on it, then its dead. But i dont suppose your that much of a noob :)

Where on earth has no cooler been mentioned in this thread :confused:

No signal could be any number of things, as you and others stated, card is the first port of call. Try it in another machine (friends, familys, local shops if all else fails), if the card works test the machine wiht a different card to rule out incompatability. Ram that you KNOW boots at 1.8v would be my next step, followed by motherboard.

If everything fails CPU is the last port of call.

Im wonding if perhaps the Maximus needs a flash to work with the 45nm?

Is there any noise from the system speaker/s?

11-04-2008, 09:53:22

Pretty sure the Maximus runs 45nm from the box.. as it says on the box.
Don't quote me on that mind.

11-04-2008, 12:24:26


I have tested my GFX at a friend, and it works!
We tested my RAM in his PC and it worked.
Tested his Kingstone Hyper X DDR2 800mhz in mine and there was still black screen.

So to my conclusion, either the CPU or the Motherboard.

Looking at my LCD Display it says "CPU Init" Don't know what that means thou.

Looking at Asus FTP for Asus Maximus Formula there's like 1000 billjons of different BIOS, I probably have the first standard one, feels nice *NOT* I'll RMA the CPU and Motherboard to my retailer. Hope I can get stuff that works! But they are closed during the weekend :(

But if you have any other suggestion/tips I sure love to try 'em.

11-04-2008, 12:40:32

My friend had the same problem not getting screen output

Replace the psu with any old one. We got his working with a £10 jobby as a temporary fix. Just anything over 400w should be enough for testing. Give it a go

If that dont help, yeh it possibly is cpu/mobo

11-04-2008, 12:51:24

about the sound/speakers. I haven't found any way to install them. My MB Manual says that it should be plug in to the "10/20 pin port" (dont know the name) the one with start and resetbutton. But the connector from chassi is a 2x5pin connector with one plugged. That wont fit into the "10/20 pin", thou just start and reset and another as I dont remember is taking all the space on one of the lines.

11-04-2008, 12:56:43


My friend had the same problem not getting screen output

Replace the psu with any old one. We got his working with a £10 jobby as a temporary fix. Just anything over 400w should be enough for testing. Give it a go

If that dont help, yeh it possibly is cpu/mobo

Yea that may be worth testing before I RMA this, thanks.

11-04-2008, 13:40:21


Corsair TX Series PSU 650W 120mm fan ATX 20/24-pin 4/8pin 12V
CAPSUTX-650W Intel Core 2 QUAD Q9450 2.66GHz 12MB FSB1333 Tray (without cpu-cooler!) Socket 775

There we go

11-04-2008, 13:42:30


There we go


11-04-2008, 13:45:14

it was a reply to Ham. :) sorry i should have quoted him too.

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