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Monday, 07 April 2008 13:56

Gainward 9800 GTX is a great performer - 2. Benchmarking, Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: And a great overclocker



Za testiranje smo koristili:

Motherboard:
EVGA 680i SLI (Supplied by EVGA)

Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo 6800 Extreme edition (Supplied by Intel)

Memory:
OCZ FlexXLC PC2 9200 5-5-5-18  (Supplied by OCZ)
        during testing CL5-5-5-15-CR2T 1066MHz at 2.2V

PSU:
OCZ Silencer 750 Quad Black ( Supplied by OCZ)

Hard disk:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB SATA (Supplied by Seagate)

CPU-Cooler:
Freezer 7 Pro (Supplied by Artic Cooling)

Case Fans:
Artic Cooling - Artic Fan 12 PWM
Artic Cooling - Artic Fan 8 PWM

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Futuremarks


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In 3DMark 06, the card scores 12381 points, which is the best single GPU result. It slightly outperforms 8800 Ultra, but 8% slower than Radeon HD 3870 X2.

The card runs at 675MHz, but we managed to overclock it to 808MHz. It ran stable and it seems that a little additional effort might result in an even higher overclock. However, since we were running on a tight schedule, we settled for and were quite happy with this result.

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A 19% overclock brought about a score increase of 4,5% in 3DMark06 (12936 points). Gaming makes even better use of the additional muscle.

Gaming

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Gainward 9800 GTX handles Radeon HD 3870 X2 quite well. Only at the highest tested resolution did it lose, and only by 6%. At 1600x1200 resolution with AA, HD 3870 X2 and 9800 GTX ran on par, and it’s really a good result since HD3870 X2 costs some €50 more. Additional overclocking propels Gainward Bliss 9800 GTX to second place, where results increased up to 18%, but that still wasn’t enough to jeopardize 9800 GX2’s position.

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In World in Conflict, the card fares well, but Radeon HD 3870 X2 is better by up to 15%. It seems that resemblance to 8800 GTS is in effect, because GTX’s faster memory doesn’t do the trick, and the results are almost identical.

Muscle-hungry Crysis, sees GTX outperforming 8800 GTS by 5.7%-7.7%. After overclocking GTX soars and the performance difference ends up being up to 30%.

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F.E.A.R. really likes Radeon X2 and GTX simply couldn’t perform on par. Compared to 8800 GTS, Gainward’s 9800 GTX performs better by 7%, whereas overclocking results in up to 21% better performance.

In HL2 Episode Two, Gainward 9800 GTS outperforms 8800 GTS by up to 7%, but after overclocking it even beats 8800 Ultra. It easily handles Radoen HD 3870 X2.

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Conclusion

Geforce 9800 GTX card is one of the fastest cards built so far. Its performance is top notch and will satisfy the needs of most hardcore gamers. We found it in virtually any shop we visited, and it’ll set you back around €250. At this price, you’re buying a Tri-SLI ready card, so if you ever find yourself lacking in FPS, you can upgrade your system – twice.

Gainward Bliss 9800GTX-512–TV–Dual DVI runs at reference speeds, but that’s not an issue since it’s a good overclocker. The design is still reference, and you’ll need a PSU with two 6-pin PCIe cables to power it. The fan is a bit louder during 3D performance, but it’s still not too loud. The card is excellent for gaming, but it doesn’t lack multimedia support since HDMI with HDCP is a part of the 9800 GTX offer.

Anyone craving for an Nvidia’s card that incorporates all the best that Nvidia offers, Gainward Bliss 9800 GTX is a good choice.



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