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GIGABYTE GV-N98XPZL-1GH GeForce 9800 GTX+ 1GB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 128 CUDA Cores
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Gary S.
  • 3/18/2009 7:41:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Video Card, Good Value

Pros: This is a good video card for the person not wanting to spend the extra 200+ dollars for the next generation of video cards. You won't be disappointed. I have stress tested my system with world of warcraft, media center playing a dvd, and watching HD streaming tv broadcast show on the other moniter. This card and my system was able to handle everything with good quality and frame rate without any issues at all.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: buy a couple of DVI splitters and setup a 4-monitor display. SWEET!

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  • Andrew K.
  • 3/17/2009 8:17:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card -- Very Happy`

Pros: Uses the new shorter card design like the cards branded as the "Geforce GTX 250 1GB" -- its the same card exactly. The included Zalman cooler is an excellent stock solution. This card tears through H264 encoding using Badaboom. I can encode a movie from DVD for my iPhone in under 15 minutes! Gigabyte's included GPU monitoring software is helpful as it show temperature and GPU usage on time graphs. I'd buy another one if I needed it!

Cons: Nothing I can find so far.

Other Thoughts: The included heatsink-fan combo is made out of aluminum. I already owned a Zalman solid copper GPU cooler that is nicer and has a fan speed control so I replaced the stock cooler and the card is nearly silent now - even more so than with the stock cooler!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/4/2009 7:46:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect Fit

Pros: Plenty of processing power to run Fallout 3 at 1600x1200 with high graphics detail. The single slot cooling and shorter card length made this video card at home for my Dell E520. Love the Gamer HUD for quick power settings.

Cons: Need to update the BIOS to "F12".

Other Thoughts: Best card available for those who don't have a dual slot cooling setup.

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  • Edward R.
  • 3/2/2009 8:09:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVery Nice. However,

Pros: Ran very cool 32C. 45C under full load.

Cons: After about a week my card began to cause crashes. Cascading screen of white rectangles, and a loud buzzing sound. This is nothing against Gigabyte. Once in a while, hardware may develop a defect. Other than that, Gigabyte is an excellent company with excellent products.

Other Thoughts: I did update the card BIOS to V12.

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  • Geoffrey R.
  • 2/28/2009 10:36:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Grandpappy of All 9800's

Pros: Solid construction, non-gimmicky design, copious amounts of memory and a 740mhz clock. My unit arrived with the F11 bios. Installed 182.06 nvidia drivers over old drivers in safe mode, shut down, and then installed card on mainboard. Booted up and everything was peachy. Zalman cooling is attractive and relatively quiet.

Cons: Zalman fan vibrates a tiny bit - not sure if this is within spec or an anomaly. Card is at 42 idle and up to 68 under load running CODWAW.

Other Thoughts: I bought this unit with some degree of trepidation from reading all the negative reviews regarding the F10 bios, so I was ready to flash to the "F12" bios when the card arrived, yet it was unnecessary. Evidently, mine is not plagued as with other users so I am enjoying this strong mid-range GPU with games and design.
System:
Q6600 2.4 SLACR G0 - OC'd to 2.66
Gigabyte EP45-UD3R
8 gigs Patriot Extreme PC8500 1066
Arctic Cooler Freezer Pro 7
WD 640 gig Caviar Black X 2 RAID 0
Sony Optiarc BD ROM BC-5100S
Lian Li PCK7B
Vista64 Ult SP1

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  • Scott W.
  • 2/13/2009 8:29:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: One connector. Nifty Zalman fan. Good size for this card type.

Cons: Default BIOS does not support latest NVIDIA drivers.

Other Thoughts: As stated before, this card will likely show up at your door with F10 bios. No Nvidia driver above 17XXX will work on this card as is, so you need to put some effort into flashing the bios to F12. This bios can only be found on the NVIDIA forums at this time. You will have to register on the forums to download it, which is not a big deal....but still....
None of the Gigabyte support page bios choices will flash, "ID mismatch", which is of course ridiculous. So if you know zero about computers, or are terrified of fooling around with bios don't buy this card.
On the other hand, with a little effort you can flash the bios, get the new drivers and enjoy this outstanding video card. The bios from the NVIDIA forums will flash in Windows too, so you don't have to fool with DOS mode if your unfamiliar with bios flashing.

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  • Paul M.
  • 2/12/2009 10:27:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat GPU

Pros: Top of the line for its class, best GPU that is not GTX 200 series, low profile (half of other GPU's its size), but very cool - no heat issues.

Cons: Had some driver issues, but probably my fault, card was still very long and did interfere with my available SATA port (though that is really a Mobo design flaw)

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  • Mark R.
  • 2/6/2009 2:13:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWARNING

Pros: Relatively good card for the price... runs nost games on high settings without lag.

Cons: WARNING this card will need the BIOS to be flashed before any Nvidia driver version above 177 can be installed quite frustrating that it was not fully functional out of the box

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  • Brian S.
  • 1/31/2009 1:13:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Gem--Cold, Small, and Powerful

Pros: Stone cold--with the stock fan and a side-panel case fan it runs colder than my CPU. Audible but quiet even at maximum fan speed.

Short and uses ONE 6-pin port. Essential for small cases and power supplies.

BIOS and drivers work fine in Windows and Ubuntu--and Nvidia has fantastic Ubuntu support for this card.

Powerful enough to display any modern 3D game on High or better. Everything else runs in Power Save Mode.

Cons: No fan controller--it runs full speed all the time and is the loudest part of my computer. This is apparently normal for graphics cards, but this card runs cold enough to justify one.

My rebate still hasn't been processed, despite the fact Gigabyte received it weeks ago.

I still don't know what the warranty is, although there probably is one.

Other Thoughts: Other users have reported problems with the BIOS being incompatible with their systems. I'm using a Core i7-based system with an Asus P6T Deluxe mobo and everything has worked fine since the day I got it.

Gigabyte software disk will not run on Windows 7 Beta--download and run it in Vista compatibility mode.

This thing makes me want a second graphics card plus another (bigger) monitor. Too bad I can't justify either.

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  • Michael C.
  • 1/21/2009 5:14:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnot entirely perfect

Pros: Smallest PCB design for a 9800 series card. Cool and quiet fan operation. Fast. Only one PCI-E power plug required. This is how ALL 9800 series cards should have been made.

Cons: **Beware** The BIOS version F10 that comes on the card will not allow you to use the 180.xx or higher nVidia driver. This goes for Windows and Linux. You need to download and flash BIOS version F11 (or F12 on the nVidia forum) before you even think about using this card. It will just lock up or give you a BSOD depending on your OS.

Other Thoughts: The "noise" that a previous customer mentioned is not a faulty electrical component. The noise is the heat pipe fluid heating up. Yes, it is slightly noticeable, but it doesn't bother me. This is only when you're using a highly intensive 3D application. When idle the card is virtually silent.

Thanks Gigabyte for making this PCB design and for fixing the BIOS. I will buy another nVidia card like this in the future if you make them more energy efficient. nVidia has never been known to take heat or power draw seriously.

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