GeForce 9800 X2 pics!
Perhaps this should be in the rumors section...oh well- this is from HOCP
The best way to think of the GeForce 9800 GX2 card is as an 8800 GPU that has been die shrunk to 65nm and placed in an SLI configuration in a "single" card. The 9800 GX2 is very reminiscent of 7950 GX2 of days past. (And we loved the 7950 GX2 at launch, but terrible support and diminishing returns soon painted it as one of NVIDIA’s biggest failures since the 5800 series.)
The GeForce 9800 GX2 will launch in late February or early March as it now stands and will replace the 8800 Ultra (single GPU) card in NVIDIA's high-end product line up. The 9800 GX2 is said to be 30% faster than a 8800 Ultra. While it is not clear from the pictures below, we are told it will support "Quad SLI."
GeForce 9800 GX2
Very Intersting, but it will be too rich for my blood. It will be nice to see what the rest of the 9 series will be like.
Is it me ... or did they just forget to put a fan?
Maybe the fan is behind those grills? I wonder why they did that.
Reasonable enough, I suppose. At least it's not some glorified wish list like so much other speculation.
The specs suggest a pair of 8800 GTS 512's stuck together, and the 30% faster than an Ultra suggests that either Nvidia's being conservative with the scaling, or the cards have been downclocked for thermal reasons, just like the 7950GX2 was. Not sure why they'd consider this card a 9-series, though.
I'm not sure that I like it, though. In previous benches with the old G80 cores against the newer G92, the GTX and Ultra's generally pulled ahead in the higher settings, where their memory size and bandwidth gave them the edge. Considering that this card's got twice the horsepower (by the numbers), I wonder if the (effective) 512 MB of memory and the 256-bit memory bus will become a problem?
SLI sandwiches ftl, sorry.
nV has been milking things for too long...starting to get really annoying.
The real next gen part is due 1.5 months later according to nordichardware IIRC.
This will be around 900 bucks :)
Man that thing looks to be so long, it could actually be used as a separator/support thingie inside a case. Say goodbye to sub 20" long cases with that thing. High end videocards these days are getting to be ridiculously long these days.
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more pics at toms.Exclusive: Nvidia GeForce 9800GX2 | Tom's Hardware
About 450USD? Thats a great price for all that horsepower. I wonder if it will OC much though due to heat issues. Still Im bit more enthusiastic about it than I was.
If AMD doesn't release a very high end card soon to compete I guess the other high end cards wont be on the shelves anytime soon.
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