Foxconn GeForce 9800GTX Reviewccokeman - May 14, 2008
Category: Video Cards
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The 9 series of GPUs from Nvidia were released just a scant few months ago. The 9600GT was an impressive improvement over the 8600 series it replaced. The 9800GX2 was next on the release docket. Performance was there and then some. You just needed a system that could keep up. Many waited holding their breaths for a successor to the 8800GTX crown. When the 9800GTX was released, it was game on. Performance numbers on the 9800GTX have been shown across the Internet with each card differing slightly in its performance based on the system specs used. The 9800GTX has a little something for everyone. Tri SLI capability, High Definition gaming with an HDMI to DVI adapter and, with the right motherboard, Hybrid SLI and Hybrid power for the "green" energy saving features that are in demand today.
The Foxconn 9800GTX features a GPU core clockspeed of 685MHz, a shader clock of 1713MHz, 1100MHz on the 512MB of high speed GDDR3 memory, and 128 Stream processors that run at 1.69GHz. The GPU core is built on a 65nm process and has 754 million transistors packed into that small patch of silicon. Just how will the Foxconn 9800GTX perform? Does it have the tools to take the performance crown from the current single GPU King of the Hill, the G80 8800GTX? Let's find out.
Foxconn's packaging is quite a bit toward the flashy side. Tha'ts not a bad thing, as it brings attention to the packaging. The front of the package shows that this is the standard overclocked 9800GTX. The front also highlights the SLI and PureVideo HD aspects of the 9800GTX. On the front panel, Foxconn shows off some of the awards that have been given to its products. The rear panel expands on the SLI capabilities as well as the Hybrid Power capabilities. By opening the flip up front cover, you get a glimpse of the 9800GTX, as well as additional information on the build quality. Foxconn stresses the Truth in Engineering as part of its SWORD philosophy. Additionally, the latest awards given to Foxconn are shown under this panel.
Once the box is in your hands, you can pull it open to find a plain white box that holds the card securely under a window. Opening this package, the Foxconn 9800GTX needs to be removed from the clear plastic box that surrounds the card. In a compartment under the card is the accessory bundle.
The bundle of accessories includes the manual and two discs, one contains the drivers and Foxconn software while the other disc contains Drive Clone 3 and Virtual Drive 11.5. The hardware that comes with the 9800GTX includes two DVI to D-sub adapters, an HDTV out dongle and a two 4-pin molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adapters.
Now that I know how the card is distributed and what it comes with, it's time to dig a little deeper into the card itself.