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MSI N9800GT Review



To test the graphics cards at OverclockersClub.com, a series of benchmarks are used to stress the hardware and see what it is capable of. These benchmarks range from the older game, Bioshock, that is tried and true, to the latest benchmarking program from Futuremark, 3DMark Vantage. To help keep the playing field even and the results easy to understand, all comparison cards will be single GPU versions and all driver settings and clock speeds will be left at factory defaults for both the CPU and GPU. The test system used in this review is listed below. First I will test the card with these default settings, then I will take a look at how well it overclocks. The drivers used in this test are 177.79 for the Nvidia cards and the Catalyst 8.8 for the ATI cards.

Comparison Video Cards:


Overclocked settings:

  • MSI N9800GT 772/1064/1901MHz

I was able to push the MSI N9800GT to its limits and then some it seemed. Even though it comes from the factory overclocked doesn't mean you cant squeeze a little more out of it, and by a little more, I mean a lot more. With results almost reaching that of Gigabyte's 9800GT, this was very impressive indeed. This could be due in part to MSI's attention to use high quality parts since the card came from the factory with a decent overclock. I was very pleased with these results, even if it did make the card run hotter. But the addition of the heatpipe cooling solution keeps the temperatures in check. With increases of 100+ MHz on the GPU core and memory and an almost 300MHz increase in the shader core the MSI 9800GT has got some serious performance potential.


  • 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. Configuration (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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