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XFX 9800GT Review

Zertz    -   November 11, 2008
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Choosing between different brands is often a hard choice and it usually boils down to a combination of price, bundle and cooling. All of those are important factors for us enthusiasts and XFX is certainly aware of it. Therefore, this card is available at an interesting price point, with a free game as shown within the last page and it's also equipped with their own cooling system. While it is still a single slot solution, the same used on their own Alpha Dog 9600GT, something tells me it most likely does a better job than the reference design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This card features a pair of dual link DVI connectors along with a S-Video output. If you're still living in the analog era, one of those DVI outputs can be converted to VGA with the supplied adapter. Heading to the back side of the card, the single 6 pin PCI-e connector will be enough to feed the card with enough juice to unleash all its available firepower. XFX uses mostly solid capacitors except, for some reason, those two on the left.

 

 

The 9800GT doesn't have the possibility to run Tri-SLI, but only a more conservative dual card SLI. Here's also a close-up of the pretty awesome looking plate that covers the heatsink.

 

 

Now that you know what we're dealing with, let's get the card installed.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Specifcations & 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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