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PNY GeForce 9800 GTX review

£227 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PNY

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The PNY GeForce 9800 GTX is, in essence, a G92 graphics card with superior specifications

The PNY GeForce 9800 GTX is, in essence, a G92 graphics card with superior specifications.

Choice, we're told, is a good thing. But whoever said that clearly can't have tried navigating a path through the minefield that is today's graphics card market.

While recent years have seen many branches of PC hardware whittling down the number of choices to just a few genuine possibilities, the graphics card market continues to throw up new products on a monthly (sometimes even weekly) basis.

And if this has only served to make the need for a logical graphics card naming system that bit more urgent, then the request has fallen upon deaf ears.

Products such as the GeForce 8800 GT continue to be fitted into nVIDIA's 8-series despite being based upon the G92 core.

This was even more strange in the case of the 512MB 8800 GTS – a board based upon a completely different chip from the 320MB and 640MB versions of the GTS.

Now we have some of the first examples of the supposedly next-generation 9-series. Except that, despite the name, the 9800 GTX is actually based upon the same architecture that sits at the heart of the 8800 GT and 8800 GTS 512 cards.

So what we're left with is in essence a G92 with superior specifications.

On paper though, the PNY GeForce 9800 GTX's specifications aren't actually that great.

The PNY GeForce 9800 GTX is built using a 65nm manufacturing process, and comes with 512MB of DDR3 memory.

The PNY GeForce 9800 GTX's core and memory clocks of 675MHz and 1100MHz (2200MHZ DDR effective) combine with the 256-bit memory interface to create a total memory bandwidth of 70.4 Gigabytes per second (GBps).

This leaves the PNY GeForce 9800 GTX rather trailing behind the 3870 X2's figure of 115.2GBps. Indeed, even the 8800 GTS 512 runs the GTX fairly close on raw figures.

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PNY GeForce 9800 GTX Expert Verdict »
nVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX
512MB GDDR3
675MHz Core Clock
1,100MHz Memory Clock (2,200 DDR effective)
400MHz Ramdac
128 Stream Processors
PCI-E Interface
TV Out/Video In yes/no
DirectX 10
DVI
3-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

If you run your games at a resolution of 1,440x900 and don't feel the need to push the detail settings to their fullest, the PNY GeForce 9800 GTX is a very good card that can keep up (and sometimes even beat) the X2 or a couple of GTs in SLI formation. It's not bad over 1,680x1,050 either, although the X2 does start to show its extra clout here. Given the price though, this is an extremely good product for those who want impressive performance without needing every detail setting pushed to the max. As a superior alternative to the 8800 GT and GTS, it's a no-brainer.

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