Asus 9800 GX2 1GB (EN9800GX2)
The 9800 GX2 is a very fast card no doubt about that. With far superior SLI scaling from what we've seen previously from Nvidia and the ability to deal with high amounts of AA at very high resolutions the card is a cracker performance wise.
What Nvidia have managed with the 9800 GX2 is almost a proof of concept. When I installed the card and the drivers I had zero issues. All in all the whole review went very smoothly with no issues. Scaling was excellent and the drivers did the job they were supposed to do.
Price is going to be a big sticking point for those choosing a GPU to get with the 9800 GX2. The HD3870 X2 doesn't outperform the Nvidia dual-GPU beast at high resolutions and suffers from having AA handling that isn't up to par, but it is demonstrably cheaper
than the 9800 GX2, of which the Asus GX2 reviewed today is set at £414 @ SCAN.
However, at this point if you want the very fastest GPU money has to buy (under £1000
), then the ~£400 for the 9800 GX2 is worth paying.
I'll leave you to make up your mind if you have the monitor resolution and money to justify the purchase, but the 9800 GX2 is certainly a speedy card, warranting the Overclock3D Performance Award.
+ Excellent performance
+ Looks "beastly"
+ Decent Bundle
* Not quite the "next gen" we thought it would be
- Heat fed into the case
Thanks to Asus
for the review sample.
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