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- Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 Like Share






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VeGiTAX2 Mar 18, 08
I think I was expecting a bit more for something coming down into the $600 mark. x_o I mean it lays down some impressive numbers at times but overall it's not as powerful of a sell as I thought it might be.
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RCM331 Mar 18, 08
Good card but over hyped. For the price I would rather get two 8800GT's. What made me upset was that two 3870 keep right in pace with the 9800.
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Gary Mar 18, 08
Pretty nice but considering the price I think I'll be sticking with my 8800 GTX for a while, it isn't enough of an upgrade to be as impressive as I thought it might be.
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kspiess Mar 18, 08
Going the 8800 GTS 512 x2 route isn't a bad idea either -- but I do wish you guys could have seen this baby in action with the 15% overclock..it was pretty sweet.

$600 is a bit much, for sure.

I'm guessing though that in as little as a month and half this card will be about $490 mark or so, making it slightly more enticing. I also think that this card will stack up well against the coming 9800 GT and GTX models. However: of course both the 9800 GT and GTX will almost certainly be much better deals, price-per-performance wise. This card is pretty much just for those people out there that have a bit of cash, and want to make a insano-gaming machine.

BTW, wish I could have thrown some SLI numbers in there for you guys. But due to untimely hardware failure, it was either going with a CrossFireX setup or a SLI setup, and I thought it'd be need to compare this card to 3 HD3870's.
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RCM331 Mar 18, 08
To see two of the 9800's in SLI would be sweet to see. Essentially that would be a quad GPU setup. I also and wondering if the Phenom CPU had anything to do with the results? If a C2D quad core was used to you think that the results would have been better or worse or the same?
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Cheesysoapopra Mar 18, 08
I wish there were games to utilize this. Crysis doesn't count because it sucks .
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CarRamrod Mar 19, 08
quote Cheesysoapopra
I wish there were games to utilize this. Crysis doesn't count because it sucks .
Lol yeah. I have one 8800GTX and will probably get my second one once the other 98 series cards are released so the 8800GTX will be cheaper. Once I get my second GTX I will be set for a while. That's what I don't understand, why people get these triple SLI setups with 8800Ultras or get two of these 9800 GX2's and what not when there is no need for them at all. The only game that doesn't get destroyed by these cards is Crysis and that's because Crysis is programmed poorly or some other stupid reason.
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kspiess Mar 19, 08
quote RCM331
To see two of the 9800's in SLI would be sweet to see. Essentially that would be a quad GPU setup. I also and wondering if the Phenom CPU had anything to do with the results? If a C2D quad core was used to you think that the results would have been better or worse or the same?
A Intel quad and a Phenom quad both at 2.6 would give fairly similar results. The most important thing for this situation is that the video cards are all benched using only one or the other. But I would figure a C2D quad would give a performance advantage over a Phenom running at the same speed, but it would not be that much of a difference. That Phenom does have the TLB bug for instance, which hits performance by a few percent, for instance.

For Crysis, you might want to look at this article I wrote which looks at CPU speeds and their affects on games:
http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Guides/cpu_bottlenecks/

Just a quick thing to add: going from 2 cores to 4 cores will really not improve your gaming experiences all that much. Hardly any games currently can make much use of 4 cores.

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kspiess Mar 19, 08
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quote Cheesysoapopra
I wish there were games to utilize this. Crysis doesn't count because it sucks .
Lol yeah. I have one 8800GTX and will probably get my second one once the other 98 series cards are released so the 8800GTX will be cheaper. Once I get my second GTX I will be set for a while. That's what I don't understand, why people get these triple SLI setups with 8800Ultras or get two of these 9800 GX2's and what not when there is no need for them at all. The only game that doesn't get destroyed by these cards is Crysis and that's because Crysis is programmed poorly or some other stupid reason.
Yeah, this is true. To be reasonable, you really don't need that much GPU power (with the games that are currently out) unless you plan to game at really high resolutions.

Most people would be very satisfied with their framerates in pretty much any game with any card that is around $200 bucks right now, such as a 8800 gt.
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bab00 Mar 30, 08
Hello, with the gx2 is possible to connect 2 monitor and a projector hdmi in same time (nview)
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