XFX GeForce 9800 GTX Black Edition review -
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XFX GeForce 9800 GTX Black edition
The XFX GeForce 9800 GTX BE (black edition) card is as stated a pre-overclocked version of the reference model as discussed in the previous chapter. So where the reference models have a core, shader processor and memory frequency of 675, 1675 and 2200 MHz respectively the Black Edition runs a vast amount faster. Let's compare:
GeForce 9800 GTX reference clocks
- Core 675 MHz
- Shader processors 1675 MHz
- Memory 2200 MHz effective
GeForce 9800 GTX+ reference clocks
- Core 738 MHz
- Shader processors 1836 MHz
- Memory 2200 MHz effective
GeForce 9800 GTX XFX Black Edition
- Core 756 MHz
- Shader processors 1890 MHz
- Memory 2288 MHz effective
Fact is that given the right circumstances (resolution, image quality, overall PC performance) this GTX BE will beat one 4850 or GTX+ by a small margin. And that makes things really interesting as for the BE edition the price drop will count as well. Likely 249 USD though.
What's also interesting is that the 9800 GTX is 3-way SLI compatible. That's right, it is possible to combine three together and set them up in SLI. That way you will have three GPUs rendering your games.
Included in the box you'll find:
- GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB BE model
- Driver CD
- Assasins Creed (Full game)
- SVideo cable
- 6-pin to Molex power cable
- manual / quick install guide
- VGA->DVI dongle (two).
- HDMI adapter
- SPIDIF cable (to output digital sound to HDMI).
|GeForce 9800 GTX||GeForce 9800 GTX+||XFX 9800 GTX Black edition||GeForce 9800 GX2||XFX 9800 GX2 Black edition|
|Stream (Shader) Processors||128||128||128||128x2||128x2|
|Core Clock (MHz)||675||738||756||600||700|
|Shader Clock (MHz)||1675||1836||1890||1512||1674|
|Memory Clock (MHz) x2||1100||1100||1144||1000||1053|
|Memory amount||512 MB||512 MB||512 MB||512 MBx2||512 MBx2|
|Two Dual link DVI||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We'll slowly start up the actual test. First we'll look at power consumption, heat levels and noise. Then we'll show you a thing or two in our photo-shoot after which we'll obviously fire off the hottest games of 2008 at the card to see if it can deliver what it's supposed to. Next page please.
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