The PNY GeForce 9800 GTX is, in essence, a G92 graphics card with superior specifications.
So what else is new? Well, PureVideo HD offers very smooth HD video playback. And while three-way SLI isn't a brand new feature, it is something that nVIDIA is really pushing with the PNY GeForce 9800 GTX.
Standard SLI allows you to connect two similar nVidia graphics cards together and spread the workload amongst them. As you can guess from the name, three-way SLI lets you link up as many as three cards in a single PC.
Unfortunately, we haven't been able to test this feature - with samples of the PNY GeForce 9800 GTX extremely scarce at the time of writing this, the chances of us getting two, let alone three of these cards seems remote for the time being.
Not that this is currently a realistic proposal for typical customers. For best three-way SLI, you're almost certainly going to want a motherboard with the rather extortionately priced 790i (or possibly the 780) chipset.
And since each card itself needs two power connectors, a trio of them will need a massive six spare connectors. You're probably also going to need a PSU that can produce in excess of 1100W. Indeed, you'll do just as well looking at the Quad-SLI capabilities of the also new 9800 GX2 – a card that itself comes with two cores, and so Quad-SLI will only require you buying two rather than three cards. It's also safe to say that, of today's games, Crysis is the only one that really needs either Triple- or Quad-SLI.
What the PNY GeForce 9800 GTX does have is a very competitive price. It should be hitting the shops at a price that's a good £50 cheaper than the 3870 X2's. Given that it competed very well with the X2 in our games testing, this is a fairly good deal. It actually beat the X2 in World in Conflict, notching up an almost 10 percent increase at 1,440x900.
Even at 1,920x1,200, the PNY GeForce 9800 GTX was able to go head to head with the X2. The X2 turned the tables in Crysis, itself inching ahead by around 10 percent in lower resolutions with the highest detail settings (although the fight was rather more equal with lower detail settings), and the X2 was also faster in Company of Heroes.