Asus 9800 GTX 512MB EN9800GTX

Introduction, Packaging, Package and Specification

Introduction
 
Nvidia have been piling the pressure on ATI recently with a swathe of high spec, high speed cards. Today sees the launch of yet another speedster, the 9800 GTX. With a super-clocked GPU running at 675MHz and the 128 stream processors clocked at 1688MHz, the GTX really is cranked up a notch. Nvidia also saw fit to grab some GDDR3 that weighs in at 2200MHz, not bad.
 
g92 9800 gtx gpu
 
Asus sent us a 9800 GTX to put through its paces in the labs so we grabbed the usual benching suspects off of the shelf and started to bench it.
 
Read on to see how it gets on.
 
Packaging
 
Asus are returning to the CGI character style packaging with the box of this stock clocked GTX. Its bright lime green should stand out from the crowd but for the sake of the environment: please Asus: make the packaging smaller!
 
asus 9800 gtx packaging  asus 9800 gtx packaging rear
 
The inside is the usual Asus affair with a lot of room and a decent amount of packaging to ensure that the GTX stays safe.
 
asus 8800 gtx inside box
 
Now onto the bundle...
 
 
Package
 
The package with this particular Asus 9800 GTX is pretty sparse and doesn't seem to come with much out of the box at all.
 
We have:
 
* 1 x Leather CD wallet
* 1 x Quick start guide
* 1 x Driver CD
* 1 x CD-based instruction manual
* 1 x DVI to VGA connector
* 1 x Dual molex to PCI-e 6PIN power
* 1 x S-Video to component out
 
asus 9800 gtx package
 
The Asus 9800 GTX is a stock clocked example of the 9800 GTX, so perhaps you can forgive Asus for a slightly sparse bundle. I'm sure a "Top" Edition will be out there with a game bundle and an armful of hardware floating around inside that capacious box.
 
 
Specifications
 
The specs on the 9800 GTX are as follows:
 
 GeForce
8600 GTS
Radeon
HD 3850
Radeon
HD 3870
GeForce
9600 GT
GeForce
8800 GTS
GeForce
8800 GT
GeForce
8800 GTS
Radeon
HD 2900 XT
GeForce
8800 GTX
GeForce
9800 GTX
GeForce
8800 Ultra
Shader units323203206496112128320128128128
ROPs816161620161616 x2241624
GPUG84RV670RV670G94G80G92G92R600G80G92G80
Transistors289M666M666M505M681M754M754M700M681M754M 681M
Memory Size256 MB256 MB512 MB512 MB320 MB
640 MB
512 MB512 MB512 MB768 MB512 MB768 MB
Memory Bus Width128 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit320 bit256 bit256 bit512 bit384 bit256 bit 384 bit
Core Clock675 MHz670 MHz777 MHz650 MHz500 MHz600 MHz650 MHz742 MHz575 MHz675 MHz 612 MHz
Memory Clock1000 MHz828 MHz1126 MHz900 MHz800 MHz900 MHz970 MHz825 MHz900 MHz1100 MHz 1080 MHz

The 9800 is basically an 8800 GTS with a bit more horsepower. Nvidia keeps the 256bit bus which many feel hinders the G92 chips, but we'll see how it goes.
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Most Recent Comments

01-04-2008, 21:01:06

FarFarAway
We gave you the preview, now it's time for the full shebang!

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...234801672s.jpg

Take a look here

02-04-2008, 03:24:50

Bungral
Ahhh man gotta go work... no time to read.

Will take a look at lunch.

02-04-2008, 03:27:31

JN
Good review mate.

I'm not very impressed with the 98** series so far, but at least the card is reasonably priced and is a good buy for someone who doesn't currently own an 88** card.

02-04-2008, 06:19:09

firefly
That's a good, well rounded review - much appreciated.

I won't be swapping my 8800GTX - but for for someone buying a card, well... is a much lower priced 8800gt better value?

How would anyone feel spending £210 on this (lowest I've seen), knowing the next gen chips (if they really are next gen) are just a few months away?

It looks quite a good card - but the timing of it's release seems a bit strange.

02-04-2008, 06:35:49

Mr. Smith
I'm in a bit of a situation.

My X2 died a death and it needs replacing. It cost £270.

I was going to upgrade to the GX2 and cough up the extra £120ish as the other reviews I have seen of the gx2 show it smoking crysis etc (they included youtube vids/screenshots to give an idea, mascaras @ xs iirc). That and a few other things sold me.

Now, I have my 88GT atm as backup but it is sold to my mate who is the slowest pc builder in the world so I can't keep it forever.

The 9800GTX is ~£220 so if I got that as a replacement I'd get £50 back.

I demand performance, high res, aa/af etc. I get very angry if my gpu doesn't perform well, conversely I don't like wasting money and the new gpu's are coming, which are probably just die shrinks but who knows...

Does the gx2 justify the extra £170 over the 98gtx? This review suggests no...

Have you just been too nice Matt? I need to read this at lunch or after work... Food for thought.

02-04-2008, 07:02:38

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Good review mate.

I'm not very impressed with the 98** series so far, but at least the card is reasonably priced and is a good buy for someone who doesn't currently own an 88** card.
Very much so.

Nothing established as to the extra 6 pin power requirement ?

If I`m not buying for a new pc, I don`t think I`ll bother. Need to get out of this plateau of similar cards released ~£200.

9800GTX in SLI vS GX2 - that`d be interesting.

Thanks for the review Kemp.

02-04-2008, 07:37:59

ionicle
should have been an 89xx

but all in all, a nice, well rounded card it seems

good review

02-04-2008, 07:46:17

Havok
nice one, ace review. Got one on the way now

02-04-2008, 07:50:22

daniel-kun
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='ionicle'
should have been an 89xx
Indeed, probably it was just a typo they could not correct because it was already in print? :-)

It's really a shame, imho... but if it works, we'll see more of that "next-gen" stupidity and buying graphics cards will get even more complicated.

Man I remember back in the days where you either had a GeForce (if you were rich), a Riva TNT or a Voodoo 2...

02-04-2008, 07:52:57

!TIMMY!
very interesting review there Kempez, and I would agree for people with a 8800 series card, it isn't really worth the upgrade, but some someone looking at spending £200 odd on a new card, its def the way to go.

02-04-2008, 08:01:34

Bungral
Yeah seems decent for the price.

Like how it beats tri sli ultras in bioshock.. Very strange with the max frame rates but like you say the averages stay at a decent level so it doesn't really matter.

Ahhh well lets see what new drivers do for it.

Nice review anyway Matt... I shall more than likely be buying this to replace my GT for a couple of months until maybe something actually new comes out.

Get it under water though and I reckon that there is potential for some rather high overclocks.

02-04-2008, 09:54:22

Mr. Smith
Would have been nice to see max stable OC tested on games to see what impact it had...

02-04-2008, 10:04:42

daniel-kun
Yup, the overclock-test is definitely missing! And it'd be very interesting to know how much that thing clocks, in contrast to the 8800GT or 8800GTS

This IS overclockd3d, after all :-)

02-04-2008, 10:10:38

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Would have been nice to see max stable OC tested on games to see what impact it had...
I'd like a new car, fancy buying me one?

In all seriousness, I just didn't have time to do it

I haven't been nice to the card - it's just not a BAD card, just not next gen

02-04-2008, 12:33:25

ali_james
Nice to see nvidia have decided to use decent stock coolers again, after the crappy 8800GT..

Shame it's nothing new though

Good review as always, Cheers!

02-04-2008, 12:53:23

nepas
nice review as always

somehow I dont think I will get rid of my 88gt yet though as that does not seem to be worth it

02-04-2008, 13:43:43

Toxcity
Fantastic review as usual Kemp.

Not that good a card though.

02-04-2008, 18:36:23

Mr. Smith
Something very weird is going on... Just been on crysis DX10 as in 'Very High' 1650x1050 with the 8800gt, 700/1750/975. FRAPS floated between 10-22fps, excluding cut scenes 15-22fps, WHICH WAS TOTALLY SMOOTH!? WTF

The x2 the other night gave me ~20fps, looked better but wasn't as smooth...

Looking at these review figures I'm at a loss... I don't know what to buy anymore! gts/gtx/gx2... So confused.

Edit: nepas - oops, forgot to say, this gt WAS mine, it's now my house mates but he's not using it atm, but will need it back in the next week or so!

02-04-2008, 18:46:52

nepas
I would stick with your 8800gt back up card for now,the next gen cards are due in june-ish

02-04-2008, 22:52:53

Deshman
Hmm I'm still within my 120 day trade in with EVGA, do I swap my 8800GTS directly for the 9800GTX or pay the extra for the GX2?

02-04-2008, 22:58:00

nepas
if you really wanna upgrade I would say gx2,because so far that looks as worthwhile as a 96gt......imo

03-04-2008, 10:50:22

Deshman
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='nepas'
if you really wanna upgrade I would say gx2,because so far that looks as worthwhile as a 96gt......imo
Despite that it lingers around the 88gtx level?

03-04-2008, 15:30:52

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Deshman'
Despite that it lingers around the 88gtx level?
gx2 is much faster than the 88gtx!!!

03-04-2008, 15:41:34

Deshman
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
gx2 is much faster than the 88gtx!!!
Haha I meant the 98gtx

Not bothered how worthwhile it would be as an upgrade if it's a performance upgrade for little or no money
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