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Palit 9800GTX+ Review

TheScavenger    -   November 13, 2008
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Testing:

 

At OverclockersClub.com, we use a set of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of newer gaming benchmarks, as well as some that are more seasoned, to show how well the Palit 9800GTX+ compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market. I'll be using single GPU models exclusively to show just how much the Palit 9800GTX+ brings to the table. All driver settings and clock speeds will be left at factory defaults for both the CPU and GPU in an effort to minimize or eliminate any variables that could impact the results. The test system used in this review is listed below. After testing the card at stock speeds, I'll overclock it 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. For this round of testing, our drivers have been updated to 177.79 for the Nvidia cards and Catalyst 8.8 for the ATI video cards used in this review. Will the additional clock speed on the GPU core and shaders be enough to add some much needed horsepower to your gaming rig? Let's find out.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked Settings:

  • Palit 9800GTX+ 824/1172/1998

Although I am pleased with the overall performance of the Palit 9800GTX+, I am slightly disappointed by its overclockability. Although, the card has decent clocks from the factory I still expected more. Its core, memory and shader clocks could only be increased by 84MHz, 72MHz and 162MHz, respectively. This marginal increase is a lot lower than another 9800GTX+ reviewed by OCC.  The 9800GTX+ clocks in this review were adjusted using Rivatuner 2.11 and temperatures were monitored by GPU-Z 0.2.8. To reach my final overclock, I bumped up the GPU and memory in 25MHz increments and tested stability using 3DMark06. The GPU core clock and shader clock were linked until I hit instability above 1998MHz on the shader. I then unlinked the two and was able to get the GPU up to 824MHz. The stock cooling solution did a fantastic job of controlling temperatures at clock settings. I never saw the GPU core rise above the upper 60s at load, which is 20-30 degrees cooler than the 9800GTX+'s direct competition, the 4850.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  6. Testing: Crysis
  7. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  8. Testing: Bioshock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  10. Testing: World in Conflict
  11. Testing: Call of Juarez
  12. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  13. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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