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.
The Good
+ Excellent performance
+ Looks "beastly"
+ Decent Bundle
+ Quiet

The Mediocre
* Not quite the "next gen" we thought it would be

The Bad
- Price
- Heat fed into the case
Thanks to Asus for the review sample.
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Most Recent Comments

24-03-2008, 07:42:40

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.Quote

24-03-2008, 07:47:57

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

24-03-2008, 07:50:38

Thanks mate, fixed

PV - so would I, check the test page for why it wasn'tQuote

24-03-2008, 07:54:54

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

24-03-2008, 07:57:57

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 behaveQuote

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