Palit 9800GTX+ ReviewTheScavenger -
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Video card technology has moved at an unprecedented pace in the past 18 months. New product releases by nVidia were quickly followed by new product releases from ATI and vice versa. ATI was competitive at particular price points but nVidia always seemed to have the upper-hand in overall performance. ATI's 3870 and 3850 just couldn't overcome the graphics processing power of nVidia's 8800GT and 8800GTS. Everything changed in June of 2008 when ATI released the 4000 series.The 4870 and 4850 quickly showed their dominance in performance and price. In addition, these new ATI cards had one thing that nVidia's didn't, a 55nm manufacturing process. In response, nVidia dropped the price of its 200-series cards and released a 55nm version of the 9800GTX called the 9800GTX+. Not only did the 9800GTX+ include a die shrink compared to its predecessor but it also came with a higher core and shader clock speed. In this review I will be looking at how Palit's 9800GTX+ competes with its ATI counterparts and the 9800GTX. Palit is known worldwide as an enormous manufacturer of video cards but has just recently emerged at a more visible level in the west.
The packaging for the Palit 9800GTX+ is in typical Palit fashion. Frobot, the company's mascot, is shown prominently on the front cover along with nVidia's color of choice, green. The front of the box also has a brief description of the 9800GTX+'s features. A label stating "Gamer's Choice" adorns the front of the box as well. Will the 9800GTX+ live up to the hype? The back of the box has a brief list, in twelve languages, detailing some technical specifications of the 9800GTX+.
Opening up the outer box doesn't reveal a whole lot. Inside the outer box there is a white box that holds the the video card and accessories. The video card itself is held inside of another padded white box. The accessories are individually wrapped.
Palit bundles the 9800GTX+ with a wide variety of install documentation, power and connectivity accessories. Among the power accessories are a 6-pin PCI-E to 8-pin PCI-E power adapter and a Molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adapter. The connectivity accessories include a DVI to VGA adapter, a DVI to HDMI adapter and a S/PDIF cable that connects to the 9800GTX+ from a digital audio out connector. Also included is a drivers CD.
Now that we've made it through the accessories and packaging, it's on to the fun part, the video card!