ASUS GeForce 9800 GX2 review

By now we can safely say that 400 million dollars later, the G80 architecture was good to Nvidia. First released in November 2006 in the form of the still quite capable GeForce 8800 GTX, this then new graphics architecture set an industry benchmark that was not met by ATI until very recently.

If the Radeon HD 3870 X2 is essentially two Radeon HD 3870 GPUs put together on the same PCB, then it is safe to say that the new GeForce 9800 GX2 is no different, with two GeForce 8800 GTS 512 GPUs slapped together on a single PCB.

What ATI should find scary about this is that the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 is significantly faster than the Radeon HD 3870, and so that gives us a good starting point to start analyzing the GeForce 9800 GX2...

View: ASUS GeForce 9800 GX2 review @ TechSpot

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i had a 7950 gx2 and i thought it was terrible. having to reboot my system to switch between single monitor and duel monitor was a pain. for what ever reason, it cant split the resources. you can either run duel video card mode and project to a single screen or you split the cards and dedicate one to each monitor.

not too fond of that. now i have an 8800gts oc 512 and its sweet.

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.

Actually you can get them at 500usd and we are talking about a couple of G92 based video cards merged together without the loss involving SLI scaling.

This card is worth its money unlike the 8800gtx and 8800ultras

It's still SLI so it still has a performance loss associated with SLI, it's just the 2 boards are integrated onto one physical card. The drivers still need to support SLI and all that for it to work. It just uses the one PCI-E slot so the board chipset itself doesnt need to support SLI. Still has the bridge seen when you connect two cards up in normal SLI but.

(kravex said @ #2)
$600, no wonder they say PC gaming is dying.

Yeah I know eh? And thats the only model in existence too.. oh wait.

(kravex said @ #2)
$600, no wonder they say PC gaming is dying.
You can run ANY game on the market on a $200US 8800GT too by the way...

Infact the market atm is saturated with alot of cards at very good price points. 9600GT isn't too bad and from there you have the 8800GT 256, 8800GT 512, 8800GTS 512 and the new 9800GTX.

Most expensive of those I believe, the 9800GTX, is set to be about $350US I believe and thats the price at launch. Theres PLENTY of cards here for those that don't want to spend alot.

Yes, the GX2 is expensive but it's a) a new card and b) two graphics cards in one. I think it's overpriced and should be about $500 - $550 based on the price of a single card, but theres a reason for the price. If people have an NVidia board I'd just go SLI to be honest. It *may* be worth more a look at for Intel board owners.