Asus 9800 GX2 1GB (EN9800GX2)

Introduction, Specification, Packaging and Package

Introduction
 
Launched last week to an expectant enthusiast scene, the 9800GX2 was always going to be a card that would divide opinions even before launch. Nvidia had launched the 7950 GX2 before which had blazing performance but was always felt to be a slightly middle-ground attempt at a new card.
 
Well, the 9800 GX2 has been in the pipelines a while and is now sitting in stores (and indeed already in some enthusiasts PC's), ready to go. We take a look at a model from Asus to see exactly how the card gets on in the labs.
 
 
Background
 
It's hard to think what exactly to put in this section as the 9800 GX2 is based on the G92 architecture, which in turn is based on Nvidia's awesome G80 architecture. This time though, Nvidia have grabbed two G92 cores on two PCB's with a total of 1GB memory and wrapped it all up in a (rather large) but tidy package.
 
This means that the card has two banks of 128 Stream Processors, working off of a 256bit memory bus equipped with 1GB GDDR3. These together produce 128 GB/sec of memory bandwidth and a super-fast 76.8 billion/sec Texture Fill Rate.
 
 
Specification
 
Taken from Nvidia's website
 
Stream Processors 256
Core Clock (MHz) 600 MHz
Shader Clock (MHz) 1500 MHz
Memory Clock (MHz) 1000 MHz
Memory Amount 1G
Memory Interface 512-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 128
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 76.8
 
* PCI Express 2.0 Support
Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.
* NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology1
The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.
* Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch
Provides post-processing and optimization of High Definition movies on a scene-by-scene basis for spectacular picture clarity.
* HDMI Output
Integrated HDMI™ connector enables sending both high-definition video and audio signals to an HDTV via a single cable.
* NVIDIA HybridPower™ Technology2
Lets you switch from the GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card to the motherboard GeForce GPU when running non graphically-intensive applications for a silent, low power PC experience.
* Enthusiast System Architecture
The new ESA-enabled NVIDIA control panel provides a state-of-the-art interface for performance tuning and monitoring of your GeForce 9800 GX2-based graphics card on NVIDIA nForce 790i platforms.
 
 
The Packaging
 
Asus have stuck with their packaging featuring Company of Heroes for the 9800 GX2. They've also stuck with the huge box as well, good if you like OTT size boxes but it would be nice to have a little smaller box for a card that only takes up a 6th of the size (max).
 
asus 9800 gx2 packaging  asus 9800 gx2 packaging
 
The inside of the box shows that Asus have taken care to make sure that the card is well protected although being so huge, there's a lot of spare room in the box itself.
 
asus inside box
 
Still, it's not going to end up in a broken card unless you get a particularly nasty courier.
 
 
Package
 
Here we have:
 
* 1 x Asus CD Wallet
* 1 x Driver CD
* 1 x User Manual CD
* 1 x Speed Setup Guide
* 1 x 2 x 6-PIN PCI-e to 8-PIN PCI-e power
* 1 x Dual Molex to 6-PIN PCI-e power
* 1 x DVI to VGA adapter
* 1 x Graphics card to Motherboard sound pass-though
 
bundle
 
The package supplied by Asus is a decent one and covers most angles from a hardware perspective. The game included is Company of Heroes which is a very good popular title, but perhaps getting a little long in the tooth. Still, at least it has a DX10 patch, enabling you to make use of your DX10 GPU.
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Most Recent Comments

24-03-2008, 07:37:54

FarFarAway
Check out what we think of Nvidia's latest and greatest!

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...194134635s.jpg

Linky

24-03-2008, 07:42:40

!TIMMY!
Good performance for a single card, but way 2 expensive atm. Great review as always Kempez.

The demonstrably cheaper link does work for me on the last page.

24-03-2008, 07:47:57

PV5150
Super effort as always Kemp. Although I would have liked to have seen an 3870 X2 included as a comparison instead of the 3850.

24-03-2008, 07:50:38

FarFarAway
Thanks mate, fixed

PV - so would I, check the test page for why it wasn't

24-03-2008, 07:54:54

Brooksie
Good review, it did keep up with the Tri-SLI in some cases.. But it is very expensive.

24-03-2008, 07:57:57

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Thanks mate, fixed

PV - so would I, check the test page for why it wasn't
Ah yes my bad. I did look at all the pic pages and then skipped to the benchmarks. Tis a pity the X2 didn't behave

24-03-2008, 08:05:50

Hatman
Unfortunately, playing with High settings just wasn't playable at all, with a lot of very visible lag.

Should be "very high" as far as i can see

Card is looking good. Hopefully nvidia can get some better drivers out soon!

24-03-2008, 08:07:05

Mr. Smith
Decent review. The gx2 handles most things well, not sure if i am sold though... They can be had for 350.

Oh, page 7 looks like you missed out 'Very' in the second sentance

The 9800 GX2 played Crysis very well with High settings at 1920 x 1200, with acceptable framerate. Unfortunately, playing with [insert Very here] High settings just wasn't playable at all, with a lot of very visible lag.



Beaten by Hatman lol

24-03-2008, 08:17:50

FarFarAway
Edited, twas indeed Very high settings

24-03-2008, 08:28:24

Hatman
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Decent review. The gx2 handles most things well, not sure if i am sold though... They can be had for 350.

Oh, page 7 looks like you missed out 'Very' in the second sentance

Beaten by Hatman lol
hehehe

24-03-2008, 08:47:23

Luigi
Nice review, will there be one of quad sli in the near future?

24-03-2008, 08:51:35

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
Nice review, will there be one of quad sli in the near future?
Very possibly

24-03-2008, 08:52:56

Hatman
mmmmm skulltrail + quad sli

Not really something anyone should seriously consider buying, but all to their own. Can see some records being broken with that.

24-03-2008, 08:58:08

Mr. Smith
I've seen quad sli results, the synthetics don't benefit much but gaming scales well.

Crysis playable maxed out!

24-03-2008, 09:23:50

Phoenix
Great review as always. Now just let the prices settle, and wait for some updated drivers.

24-03-2008, 14:34:32

firefly
Pity it blows heat into the case.

A vapour chamber cooler would be very nice - much more efficient - don't know why these haven't been taken up en masse - saphire used one on a 3870.

24-03-2008, 15:53:10

FarFarAway
yes mate. I agree. I think they could have designed it a little better.

24-03-2008, 15:59:43

Toxcity
Looks fantastic, sounds pretty good and runs pretty well. Is this the car on Tox's next buy list?

Nice review Kemp!

24-03-2008, 20:41:06

Kerotan

Is this the car on Tox's next buy list?



Looks more like a Graphics Card to me mate

Anyway decent review, shame it's not really new tech... but still impressive for all that.

24-03-2008, 21:51:14

nepas
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kerotan'
Looks more like a Graphics Card to me mate
lol ,good review mate

25-03-2008, 02:57:42

Toxcity
lol, me and my typos.

25-03-2008, 05:16:52

Mr. Smith
I actually had a dream about the gx2 last night! I was also doing a dice run but I overfilled the pot and it leaked out onto my mobo...

I'm on the verge of buying one of these gx2's - anyone know when the G100 or true next gen is due?

25-03-2008, 06:52:43

Toxcity
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
I'm on the verge of buying one of these gx2's - anyone know when the G100 or true next gen is due?
Im on the verge too!

So would be interested in knwoing when the 10series will be around.

25-03-2008, 10:15:08

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
I actually had a dream about the gx2 last night! I was also doing a dice run but I overfilled the pot and it leaked out onto my mobo...

I'm on the verge of buying one of these gx2's - anyone know when the G100 or true next gen is due?
Dreams man.... You take it to a whole new level

Keep me smiling though.

25-03-2008, 10:53:17

Rastalovich
Great review, I aint sold on this tbh.

25-03-2008, 17:28:45

OptimAdam
im having some issue over clocking this thing. Not too fond at the moment.

http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=21745

31-03-2008, 04:59:41

Mr. Smith
Well, my X2 is artifacting. Again.

I've contacted where I bought it from stating rather than replace this 3870X2 with a third X2, I'd rather have a refund or pay the diff (130ish) and get the gx2... Hopefully I'll have this sorted mid/end of this week!

31-03-2008, 05:06:49

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Well, my X2 is artifacting. Again.

I've contacted where I bought it from stating rather than replace this 3870X2 with a third X2, I'd rather have a refund or pay the diff (130ish) and get the gx2... Hopefully I'll have this sorted mid/end of this week!
Thats crappy. I changed my mind (yet again) and canceled my order of the GX2. I'm sticking with two pelt cooled 8800GTS for the moment as I remembered I'd ordered a load of memory sinks for them last week :s

31-03-2008, 06:03:52

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Thats crappy. I changed my mind (yet again) and canceled my order of the GX2. I'm sticking with two pelt cooled 8800GTS for the moment as I remembered I'd ordered a load of memory sinks for them last week :s
I'd sli the new gtx's and oc the turd out of them IF i had a 790i as the price diff isn't much and they do oc well...

As I don't have a 790i the gx2 is the best i can get for now. This has been my only experience with ati and it hasn't been great. I'll give them a go again in the future but i'll be glad to return to a solid nvidia card!

28-08-2008, 12:52:58

Lahiru_E
the gtx's are quite expensive. it has virtually the same performance as the gx2 but a bit more memory bandwidth. the gx2 give more bang for ur buck and besides quad sli rocks!!!!

28-08-2008, 12:57:36

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Lahiru_E'
the gtx's are quite expensive. it has virtually the same performance as the gx2 but a bit more memory bandwidth. the gx2 give more bang for ur buck and besides quad sli rocks!!!!
It looks good, but thats about it for quad sli..

28-08-2008, 16:54:00

FarFarAway
Holy thread revival batman

But yes, the GX2 is an OK card. Quad SLI sucks tbh

29-08-2008, 05:32:18

Silentsnake
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Holy thread revival batman

But yes, the GX2 is an OK card. Quad SLI sucks tbh
What would you rather have a GX2 or the new 280 cards?

Quad Sli i would like to see a Review on that

29-08-2008, 05:44:21

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Silentsnake'
What would you rather have a GX2 or the new 280 cards?

Quad Sli i would like to see a Review on that
There is one IIRC....

280 pwns gx2

29-08-2008, 11:54:44

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Silentsnake'
What would you rather have a GX2 or the new 280 cards?

Quad Sli i would like to see a Review on that
There is already a review done on that : http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/gpu_displays/xfx_9800gx2_quad_sli/1

29-08-2008, 12:55:02

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Silentsnake'
What would you rather have a GX2 or the new 280 cards?

Quad Sli i would like to see a Review on that
Neither thanks I've got an 8800 GTX and I really see no point in upgrading to either

29-08-2008, 15:29:51

Silentsnake
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Neither thanks I've got an 8800 GTX and I really see no point in upgrading to either
I had a 8800 GTX now i got a 9800 GX2 and im soo happy alot happier then i was with my 8800 gtx

29-08-2008, 20:18:14

Toxcity
Kemp isn't a fan of dual GPU cards. Not surprising.

30-08-2008, 06:09:58

Silentsnake
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='webbo'
That link doesnt have the 280's in benchmark

30-08-2008, 07:37:29

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
There is one IIRC....

280 pwns gx2
Really? From the review on here it doesn't...

30-08-2008, 10:08:47

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Silentsnake'
That link doesnt have the 280's in benchmark
Thats coz the 280 wasn't out then.

31-08-2008, 06:23:14

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Really? From the review on here it doesn't...
:S

Early drivers were pants, current drivers see quite a boost.

31-08-2008, 07:23:49

Toxcity
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
:S

Early drivers were pants, current drivers see quite a boost.
Could say the same about the 9800GX2 as well! Just grab some beta drivers from Guru3D and you can see a noticeable boost in performance.

177.35s worked best for me.

31-08-2008, 07:27:11

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Toxcity'
Could say the same about the 9800GX2 as well! Just grab some beta drivers from Guru3D and you can see a noticeable boost in performance.

177.35s worked best for me.
Ooh thats cool, Im just going on what my magazine said, their gtx280 was a good 25% faster than GX2

01-09-2008, 06:12:17

FarFarAway
Pfft magazine's suck

01-09-2008, 07:30:46

Silentsnake
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
Ooh thats cool, Im just going on what my magazine said, their gtx280 was a good 25% faster than GX2
Its all advertising :P
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