Asus 9800 GTX 512MB EN9800GTX

Test Setup

Test Setup
 
To test all of our GPU's, we use a system that bottlenecks them as little as possible. Here's the trusty test rig:
 
 
Please note that we have set the overclock on the Q6600 to be able to keep our test setup fairly consistent as the speeds of CPU's increase in the near future. 
 
 
Benchmarks Used
 
Again, Overclock3D has revised its benchmark setup to really test the new DX10 GPU's, while still including some old favourites in there:
 
games tested
 
Synthetic Benchmarks
 
Please note all Synthetic benchmarks were run at stock settings; just as the free ones would be, as well as 1920 x 1200, with 4 x AA added. All benchmarks are repeated three times for consistency.
 
FutureMark 3DMark03
FutureMark 3DMark05
FutureMark 3DMark06
 
Gaming Benchmarks
 
All gaming benchmarks are run through at a demanding stage of the game with no savepoints to affect FPS. These are manual run-through's approximating 3 minutes and all gaming benchmarks are run three times through the same points for consistency. We hope that this gives an accurate and interesting depiction of "real-life" gaming situations. Note the resolutions and AA each game was run at.
 
All gaming tests were performed in Windows Vista Ultimate, under DX10 if available.
 
Call of Duty 4 - 1920 x 1200, 4 x AA set in-game
Oblivion - 1920 x 1200, 4 x AA set in drivers and HDR set on in-game. Settings on "Ultra"
F.E.A.R. - 1920 x 1200, 4 x AA set in game, soft shadows enabled
Bioshock - 1920 x 1200, all settings to maximum in-game
Unreal Tournament 3 - all settings set to maximum in-game
Company of Heroes - DirectX10 patch. 1920 x 1200 with in game settings set to maximum.
Crysis - 1680 x 1050, all in-game settings set to "High"
 
Again, all game run-through's are repeated three times for consistency and accuracy.
 
We hope that this represents a good band of games and benchmarks for people wanting a performance overview of gaming at this current time.
 
 
Cards tested
 
Here are the cards tested in the benchmarking:
 
 
Note that the 9800 GTX was running the 174.40 Nvidia drivers supplied by Asus.
 
Note that again we wanted to include benchmarks from an HD3870 X2, but we had some technical difficulties with the combination of graphics card and motherboard and so have not included these results.
 
Overclocking of all of the Nvidia cards tested was performed in the Nvidia drivers using the Ntune add-on.
 
The 9800 GX2 was tested with the 174.53 Vista drivers.
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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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