Date: March 11th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: XFX
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XFX CORPORATE PROFILE
XFX dares to go where the competition would like to, but can't. That's because, at XFX, we don't just create great digital video components—we build all-out, mind-blowing, performance-crushing, competition-obliterating video cards and motherboards. And, not only are they amazing, you don't have to live on dry noodles and peanut butter to afford them.
XFX is a division of PINE Technology Holdings Limited, a leading manufacturer and marketer of innovative solutions for the worldwide gaming technologies market. Founded in 1989, PINE designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance video graphics technology and computer peripherals. The company's dedicated research and development team are continually pushing the limits to meet the demands of the ever-growing and performance-driven community. Headquartered in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR), PINE has more than 1,000 employees worldwide with 16 offices around the globe. PINE also maintains four state-of-the-art research and development facilities in the Asia Pacific region and two factories in Mainland China. To learn more about PINE, please visit www.pinegroup.com .
XFX GEFORCE 9800 GTX+ BLACK EDITION INTRODUCTION
With dual core videocards grabbing more and ore of the recent press, the strong single core solutions from Nvidia and ATI are unfortunately falling out of sight even though they are perfectly fast cards for today's gamer. With cards starting again to get more and more expensive, the cheaper single core graphics cards are still the best bang for the buck and supply the most frames per second for the dollar. Even with the 9800GTX+ Black edition being tested today from XFX, you can literally buy two of these cards for the same price on one dual GPU card and have a faster gaming experience along with enjoying the perks of SLI gaming.
XFX's Black Edition of this card overclocks the core from 740Mhz to 785Mhz out of the box and the memory is pushed from 1100Mhz to 1150Mhz. This does add more pop to this card's walk, but what else will be amazing is the ability of this card to overclock like mad and add even more performance for no additional money.
To sweeten the deal even more, for the sub-$200 price tag, you get a full version of Far Cry 2 and in some cases, even Call of Duty 4 (cough:Newegg) is thrown in the box depending on when and where you buy the videocard from. That in itself is a US$50-$80 bonus throw in for nothing and should make this card one of the deals currently on the market today. XFX really targets gamers and you can see they appreciate their product following. And from what I am hearing around the grapevine, their customer service is second to none.
But regardless of that, let's see how this card performs.
NVIDIA 9800GTX+ CHIP INFORMATION (From Nvidia)
The NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ GPU enables full-throttle lifelike game play while providing optimal power management with HybridPower™ technology 1 . The PureVideo® HD engine delivers unmatched video quality while the NVIDIA PhysX™ technology 2 pushes the limit in ultra realistic game play. And with SLI® compatibility, provides amplified performance when coupled with NVIDIA nForce® SLI-ready motherboards. Dollar-for-dollar, this GPU packs great performance.
Beyond your Imagination
Gaming and video watching capabilities are taken to the next level. With 128 screaming fast cores each running at a record high of 1836MHz, this is our most powerful single GeForce 9800 GPU. The PhysX™ technology enables a completely new class of physical gaming interaction that will blow you away. And with features such as picture-in-picture content for an interactive movie experience and color stretch video processing for breathtaking picture clarity, this graphics card takes you further than your expectations.
A Complete Solution
Unlock next generation platform features. With SLI, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ GPU offers increased performance up to 2x in a dual SLI configuration and up to 2.8x in 3-way SLI1 mode. Its HybridPower technology1 delivers graphics performance when you need it and low-power operation when you don't. So, enjoy heart-stopping entertainment or power savings for everyday computing.
- NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology 1
The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.
- Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration
Supports picture-in-picture content for the ultimate interactive Blu-ray and HD DVD movie experience.
- Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch
Provides post-processing and optimization of High Definition movies on a scene-by- scene basis for spectacular picture clarity.
- 3-way NVIDIA SLI® Technology 2
Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) under Windows Vista with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.
- NVIDIA PhysX™ Technology 3
GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.
- NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology 4
CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GPU's processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks - such as video transcoding - delivering incredible performance improvements over traditional CPUs.
- NVIDIA HybridPower™ Technology 5
Lets you switch from the GeForce 9800 GTX graphics card to the motherboard GeForce GPU when running non graphically-intensive applications for a silent, low power PC experience.
- PCI Express 2.0 Support
Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.