Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ review

£147
Price when reviewed
The successor to the 9800 GTX didn’t improve on it a great deal. It moved to the 55nm process, upped the core clock to 738MHz and the memory speed to 1,836MHz, but kept the same 128 stream processors and 512MB of GDDR3 memory.

So the performance boost over the GTX was always going to be noticeable, but hardly stunning. In Crysis, the 9800 GTX+ averaged 37fps at high settings, with 66fps at very high in Call of Duty 4; the top playable rate in Call of Juarez was 33fps at medium, with 66fps in Far Cry 2 at high settings. None of these scores is more than 4fps quicker than the bog-standard GTX. It makes slightly bigger gains at lower resolutions, but this is largely irrelevant, as you’re far less likely to ever use them.

The original GTX is the 9800 GTX+’s only real price rival on the Nvidia side, and on ATI’s side the closest to it is the £100 HD 4850 – which is £28 cheaper. You may think this puts the GTX+ in a good spot – surely, with no price rival it must also occupy a little performance band of its own, right? Wrong. That £100 HD 4850 stays just a few frames per second behind the GTX+ in the tests that matter – certainly well within the 28% price gap that exists between the two.

When you add in the fact that the HD 4850 is a much smaller card, with a less noisy fan and only a single six-pin power input to the GTX’s two, the GTX+ begins to lose its appeal. True, it may be a tiny bit quicker in some of our gaming tests, but as an overall package we’d choose the cheaper HD 4850 every time.

Core Specifications

Graphics card interface PCI Express
Cooling type Active
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
Core GPU frequency 738MHz
RAM capacity 512MB
Memory type GDDR3

Standards and compatibility

DirectX version support 10.0
Shader model support 4.0
Multi-GPU compatibility Three-way SLI

Connectors

DVI-I outputs 2
DVI-D outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
HDMI outputs 0
Graphics card power connectors 2 x 6-pin

Benchmarks

3D performance (crysis) high settings 37fps

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