Asus 9800 GTX 512MB EN9800GTX


The 9800 GTX represents a refresh of the G92 chip and as such it's hard to get overly excited by it. Whilst performance is good and certainly edges out the GTS and the GT G92 parts, at points the G80 8800 GTX gets a one up on the young pretender to its crown.
Asus have bundled and priced the card to sell at an RRP of £227, with Microdirect stocking it at a decent £223. Whilst some G92 8800 GT's have dropped in price, the £200 mark is a good place for a graphics card to be so it's sensible move by Nvidia positioning the 9800 GTX in this price segment.
This brings me to another good point: availability. The cards are out there and sitting in the shops. Nvidia slightly delayed the launch of the card to enable partners to get it out there to the e-tailers in time for launch and you can actually buy the card as of today, which is very good.
In the benchmarks I ran the 9800 GTX seemed to make gameplay generally a little more smooth and noticeably Crysis was a fair bit smoother with no jerky frame jumps that you sometimes see. The thing is, the performance isn't "next gen"'s just not impressive and overclocking an 8 series G92 chip will get you pretty much the same performance.
So herein lies my problem: what do I give the card? It's good, but not very "new".
I'm going to give Nvidia some leeway and say that if you have an 8 series G92 (or 8800 GTX) card then I would keep it, but if you're after a new card and want a good performing, well priced mid-high end GPU then get the 9800 GTX: you won't be disappointed.
The Asus 9800 GTX gets a "Recommended" Award along with a "Gamers Choice" Award for being a good all-rounder and playing all of the games benchmarked very well.
Recommended Award  Gamers Choice 
The Good
+ Excellent performance throughout
+ Smoother gameplay
+ Good heatsink design
+ Fairly quiet
+ Good looking
+ Decent overclockability
The Mediocre
* Very close in performance to 8 series cards
* Not a fantastic bundle
The Bad
- An Nvidia marketing stunt??
Thanks to Asus for the review sample
Want one? Happy with your 8 series card? Want to see ATI smash the 9800 GTX in their next gen cards? Let us know here.
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Most Recent Comments

02-04-2008, 07:24:50

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

Will take a look at lunch.Quote

02-04-2008, 07:27:31

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.Quote

02-04-2008, 10:19:09

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.Quote

02-04-2008, 10:35:49

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.Quote

02-04-2008, 11:02:38

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.Quote

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