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Foxconn GeForce 9800GTX Review

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At OverclockersClub.com, we use a series of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of newer, as well as a few more seasoned, gaming benchmarks to show how well the Foxconn 9800GTX compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market, using both single and dual GPU models to show the performance that can be gained from that type of solution, if any. To see how an 8800GT fares in this comparison, take a peek at the review of the Asus EN8800GT TOP. All driver settings and clockspeeds will be left at factory default settings on both the CPU and GPU to minimize or eliminate any variables from impacting the results. The test system used in this review is listed below. After testing the card at stock speeds, I will overclock the video card to see what kind of performance can be gained. All testing is done with the default settings in the respective control panels as well as default settings in the BIOS of the motherboard used in this test.

Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked settings:

  • Foxconn 9800GTX   837/1216/2093

After reviewing Foxconn's 9600 GT we found that it was indeed a player when it came time to play the overclocking game. With the expectations set so high, I was just a little disappointed in the fact that I was not able to push the 9800GTX as far as the Asus or XFX cards we have already looked at. Needless to say, not every card is going to exceed the limits by a like amount, so as the saying goes, your mileage may vary. The good news is that the Foxconn 9800 GTX does indeed provide a nice bit of headroom above the stock clockspeeds of 685MHz on the GPU core and 1100MHz on the memory. So if you look at the final results as a percentage, the overclocking results are pretty impressive. The increase on the GPU core came in at 152MHz, or about 18.5%, and the increase in the memory speed amount came to 116MHz, or just over 9%. The performance potential is there, you just have to go look for it. At this point, Nvidia's driver package does not allow for the fan speeds to stay at 100% when manually changed. Having tried several utilities to do this, the results just did not stick. So maximizing the overclocking capability will mean requirig that driver issue be resolved.



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