ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX review

Today will see the official launch of the GeForce 9800 GTX as the third member of the GeForce 9 series. Already we have seen the GeForce 9600 GT performing in the mainstream sector, the 9800 GX2 aimed at the high-end $500+ market, and now the 9800 GTX which may sit right in-between.

Based on the infamous G92 architecture that we have seen used time and time again, the GeForce 9800 GTX shares very similar specifications to that of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 graphics card. By now, the G92 has been used on numerous Nvidia graphics cards including the GeForce 8800 GS, 8800 GT, 8800 GTS 512, and the 9800 GX2. Keeping this in mind, it will be interesting to see what makes the new GeForce 9800 GX2 special.

The GeForce 9800 GTX is meant to replace the old 8800 GTX, which is no longer in production as it was rendered impractical by the 8800 GTS 512, which offers similar performance at a fraction of the cost. The new 9800 GTX is said to begin retailing in the $300 to $349 price range, which would place it in a league of its own as there are currently no ATI or Nvidia graphics cards competing there.

View: ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX review @ TechSpot

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Why did they decide to call these cards 9000 series, but not the other cards based off the G92? Marketing I guess. It might fool the ignorant but its fairly obvious that nVidia is just rehashing old hardware and hoping people won't realize that there is barely any improvement.

I blame ATI. Come on, more dots, more dots now.

I don't blame ATI. NVidia is the one losing sales by not giving their 8800 owners incentive to update, a similar situation to when MS releases new office or Windows versions. Regardless of what ATI does NVidia surely has it in their interest to one up not only ATI but also themselves. Even people that spend alot on hardware are skipping the 9000's seeing as the 8800GTX's still sit up there performance wise. I'd say NVidia has just been struggling themselves to top what they achieved with the 8800GTX's and ATI's role in it is minimal.

As for why they did call them the 9000's...yeah marketing. The one good thing is they were released at good prices barring the GX2 as well as being cooler and more power efficient. Hopefully thats a trend we see followed on in the cards successor although I imagine prices will receive a bit of a kick up come then.

Well, yes, I don't really blame ATI, but thats not to say that doesn't affect nVidia's R&D. It seems to me that nVidia is just riding the wave for a little while until ATI catches up... they don't have much incentive to release anything significantly faster, but like you said they should be trying to top themselves. Although, prices have been considerably lower than normal, even for high end parts like the 8800GT or 3870. Both are capable of playing crysis on high, and pretty much every other game maxed out.

Why did they use Catalyst 8.1?

Yes maybe more stable in a rare occasion but ATI HAVE BOOSTED PERFORMANCE a lot in 8.2 and 8.3. Ummm 20% in COH alone.

I'm waiting on these cards appearing on some UK sites. I seen a BFG 9800GTX on last night, but it's gone now =S