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Foxconn GeForce 9800GTX Review

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The Foxconn 9800 GTX Standard OC is a PCI-E 2.0 compliant video card that is to be used in a x16 PCI-E 1.0 or 2.0 slot. It features GPU clockspeeds of 685MHz on the G92 core, speeds of 1100MHz on the 512MB of GDDR3 memory and shader clockspeeds of 1713MHz. The cooling solution used is a dual slot reference design, something that all of the 9800GTX video cards OverclockersClub has reviewed have come equipped with. On the front of the card is the Foxconn logo.










Connectivity for the 9800GTX is by way of two DVI ports that are Dual Link capable, and with the HD out that is used with the included dongle. Hot air is exhausted out the rear of the case through the vent on the front side of the card. A small LED can be seen just to the left of the vent. This will let you know if the power connections are seated correctly in the sockets, red for no, green for yes. Pretty simple and effective. The rear of the card is open to allow incoming air to help cool the power circuits on the back end of the card.



Looking from the rear to the front of the 9800GTX, there are three items of interest. First would be the power connections. To use this card, you must connect two PCI-E 6-pin power connector to the board. Moving toward the front is the HDMI sound connection. An interconnect cable from the motherboard is made to this connection if an HDMI to DVI adapter is used and sound is to be supplied via the HDMI connection. The last items are the dual SLI bridge connections. The 9800GTX is TRI SLI capable, hence the two connections instead of one. There are only three models in Nvidia's arsenal that support this capability, the 9800GTX and the 8800GTX and Ultra.



The dual slot cooler is the reference design that has been on each 9800GTX I have tested. It is a copper/aluminum composite piece that uses heatpipes to transfer heat from the copper contact surface to the aluminum fin assembly. Each memory IC has a contact pad to ensure cooling for all of the heat generating components on the card. Continuing the tradition of the thick thermal paste, this Foxconn model comes with the same generous application of the TIM on the GPU core.



The memory on the Foxconn 9800GTX is supplied by Samsung and is rated to 1200MHz, 100MHz over the stock setting of 1100MHz, leading one to believe that the headroom above the rated memory speed is there for the taking. The GPU core is a G92 based part, the same as the 8800GTS. It is manufactured using a 65nm process and has 754 million transistors.



After the card is installed, it's time to get the drivers and programs that Foxconn has included installed.


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