over at bit-tech got their hands on one of the first Geforce 9800GTX+ cards and stripped it down to have a look see if there was any major differences between the two cards; and although there are some minor changes, they really are very minor.
Despite the new 55nm die, even the GPU appears to be identical in size on the pictures, although it's actually 1mm2
smaller, which isn't noticeable in the pictures. Nvidia seems to have changed memory partners once again and is using Hynix branded GDDR3 chips on the 9800GTX+, while the 9800GTX tended to use Samsung chips.
This enhanced G92-based GPU should become an interesting part, as with faster clock speeds it should offer some tough competition for AMD, as the Radeon HD 4850 is neck and neck with the older 9800GTX; and it's likely that Nvidia will steal the performance crown in this market segment, although at a higher price, and some of AMD's partners are already offering discounted pricing in the U.S. on the Radeon HD 4850 as we reported earlier today.
It looks like we're going to see some very fast graphics cards at some very interesting price points in the second half of this year and we don't think anyone but AMD and Nvidia will be complaining about that.
You can find bit-tech's pictures here