Why should i buy this over a 4850 that cost the same and performs better than the 9800GTX+? If only ATI would let their desktop chipset have powerXpress.
I haven't seen a HD4850 @ $170 without an MIR attached to it...
If you look at sales and MIRs for these cards, Newegg is selling the 9800GT Ultimate for $145, NCIX has a stock Palit card for $145 and an overclocked Sonic for $154. You can't find a HD4850 for those prices and in some cases, the Ultimate beats the HD4850.
Actually, it IS a 9800 GT since according to Nvidia the 9800 GT cards can use either 112 or 128 shaders. There will be other 128SP cards from other manufacturers as well depending on who still needs to get rid of their 8800 GTS 512MB cores.
Just like some BFG 7900 GS cards could unlock and generate higher scores which were accepted.
I stand corrected. Apologies if my post came across as offensive in any sort of way.
It's an old thread but one likely to be seen by anyone looking up information about GeForce 9800 GT cards, so I thought I'd mention that EVGA no longer offers a lifetime warranty as mentioned in the article, at least not on this card. It is now two years. Also, the step up program to upgrade your old card to a new one is limited to within 90 days of purchasing your EVGA card, it can only be used once, and the card must carry a lifetime warranty, so again, it's not applicable to this card.
Finally, Tiger Direct is clearing out these cards for $59 (after $30 rebate) so if you're looking for a good card on the cheap, now is the time to pick one up. Heck, for that price pick up two and SLI them.