XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Black edition review

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The Photos

On the next few pages we'll show you some photos. The images were taken at 2560x1920 pixels and then scaled down. The camera used was a Sony DCS-F707 5.1 MegaPixel.

XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Black edition

As always we start with the packaging, so you know what to look for in the stores. pretty cool design btw, XFX matched the black edition theme quite well.

XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Black edition

Now trust me when I say it looks smaller than it actually is. That's 27cm / 10.6 inch of pure unadulterated silicon right there. Weighs quite alot too .. two maybe three pounds.

XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Black edition

Slightly in perspective. Keep a close eye on that cooler. It are pretty much two boards, interconnected with eachother. In the middle one cooling unit is disposing heat for both GPUs. So imagine two PCB's, of which both the GPU cover points inwards.

XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Black edition

You are seeing it right, HDMI. Finally we see it integrated a little more. Of course this was a pretty safe thing to do for NVIDIA, as with two boards, they can still offer the two DVI connectors.

That's also the culprit, see .. lots of people work with dual monitors. Most of them have a DVI connector. What if all cards would have one HDMI and one DVI connector. Both the DVI port supports simultaneous HDCP and dual-link (meaning a possible 2560 x 1600 for 30").  Missing however is the 7-pin analog HDTV-out mini-din, and S-video connector, or YPrPb (component) or composite outputs.

BTW a small hint, if you power up your PC, make sure the primary monitor is connector to the DVI port next to the HDMI connector. That's port 1.

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