XFX 9800 GTX Black Edition 512mb

The card - close up

XFX 9800 GTX Black Edition Close up
 
XFX have gone for the stock cooler for the 9800 GTX Black Edition so it's not going to be a whole lot different from Asus's card in our previous review. They have changed the sticker on it which looks pretty funky.
 
It's what lies under the bonnet that XFX have really changed, but it is worth mentioning that XFX test every overclocked card in a warm air chamber to ensure that it is 100% stable when it gets to the customer.
 
xfx 9800 gtx black edition  xfx black edition rear
 
The sticker looks a little more subtle in the flesh, with the words Black Edition almost like a hologram.
 
black edition  side
 
I think XFX have missed a trick here and we could have seen a nice custom logo for the side of your case instead of the generic GeForce logo.
 
black edition side on
 
Again following the stock design, which is not always a bad thing. Triple SLI should be pretty good cooling-wise on this card.
 
black edition caps
 
As we have seen on previous Nvidia cards, the capacitors are all top quality Japanese solid caps which should make for a very stable card.
 
dual DVI
 
Two Dual-Link HDCP enabled DVI ports abound the end of the 9800 GTX Black Edition as you would expect. XFX have also included a DVI to HDMI converter for your HDTV. An S-Video TV-out connector is also included as an output.
 
 
The Cooler
 
Again, there's not a whole lot to say about the cooler on the XFX 9800 GTX Black Edition as it is the stock cooler from Nvidia. In addition, it's boiling hot in the UK at the moment so Ambient room temperature was a fairly warm 28°C.
 
cooler
 
Having said all this, it's clear XFX have pushed the card a little more than the stock speeds (understatement!), as it runs at 60°C idle and 71°C load. The fan is pretty good and I never noticed too much noise, despite the card sitting right next to me on a bench table.
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12-05-2008, 14:46:19

ionicle
good review

and nice card

summet that the people with the money, and wanting performance must have then...Quote

12-05-2008, 14:58:37

FarFarAway
And the people wanting to have overclocked, hand picked GPU's backed up by an excellent warranty and support packageQuote

12-05-2008, 15:23:13

Rastalovich
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Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
And the people wanting to have overclocked, hand picked GPU's backed up by an excellent warranty and support package
Yeah I`d go along with that tbh.

It`s a great review, and I have to be honest with ya`ll, my experiences of oc`ing the 8800GT alpha weren`t the best - and I don`t really put it down totally to the hardware, more the tools required to do it also.

I`d probably be more inclined, in the current climate (things can change of course) to get something above the reference clock and see what minimal % I can go higher than that.

Looking at the price, I don`t think it`s too bad. I can remember my card be around £225 on release.

Good stuff. Good single card imo.Quote

13-05-2008, 02:33:47

w3bbo
Nice in depth review Kempez. Strange results in FEAR Max fps lol.

Cue Hudson with his Alien motion tracker : 'It's reading right man look'...

Hicks : 'Well you're not reading it right!'

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13-05-2008, 06:14:36

Phunky
The COD4 results seem strange to me i get basicly the same if not better results on my 320mb 8800 GTS!Quote
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