XFX 9800GX2 Reviewccokeman - March 18, 2008
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The XFX 9800GX2 is a dual GPU graphics card for use in a 16x PCI-E 1.0 or 2.0 slot on the motherboard. It features clock speeds of 600MHz on the core and 1000Mhz on the one gigabyte of GDDR3 memory, 512bit memory interface that occupies two expansion slots. On one side the BORG-like 9 is shown, while the other side features the XFX logo. The card is housed inside a metal enclosure to both provide rigidity and support, as well as create a path for the airflow in and out of the enclosure.
The bag the card resides in has a warning label that again points out the supplemental power needs of the 9800GX2. Without these connections the card will not operate.
The business end of the 9800GX2 features dual DVI ports as well as an HDMI port to get connected to the display device. The back end of the card is slotted to allow cool air intake to cool the two GPUs.
On the top, or the rear end, of the 9800GX2 are the supplemental power connections as well as the HDMI audio in to the card. From the manufacturer both are covered up, so make sure you hook them up.
But wait, there's more. Where does the SLI bridge connector go? Well it is hidden as well. There is a removable cover where the bridge connector normally resides. Just pop it off and Quad SLI is in your future.
The slots at the top of the card enclosure, as well as the slots on the display port side of the card, provide the means to exhaust the hot air out of the card enclosure. This will provide an increase in case temperature if you do not have adequate ventilation.
You have seen how the card comes to the consumer and gotten a good look at what is included, as well as what the 9800GX2 looks like, now let's get it installed and test this beast out.