This review is from: GIGABYTE GV-N98XP512H-B GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Pros: This card represents the G92+ GPU at it's proper reference clocks, 738/1836/2200 (effective) MHz. Coupled with 128 stream processors, it provides a significant boost in performance over the standard 9800GT, and essentially matches the GTS 250. It should be noted, however, this card requires TWO 6-pin power connections, and a *high-quality* power supply of 450W or greater. The fan on my particular card runs at 35% at idle, and is barely noticeable. I would not describe the fan as noisy even at full load, and observed core temperatures have peaked at 68°C. in a Cooler Master Centurion case.
Cons: In mid-2010, this isn't leading-edge technology any longer. And, I probably wouldn't recommend this product for gamers who use monitors in excess of 1680 X 1050. But, at this price-point, it remains a very viable card which is still well-supported by Nvidia. With a theoretical maximum load of 160W, this hardly qualifies as a "green" product, if you roll that way.
Other Thoughts: As this card uses a heatsink/fan assembly that is more or less patterned after the Nvidia reference design, it should be noted that this card is QUITE LARGE! Figure approximately 10-3/4" long, and 1-3/4"wide over that entire length. Check that nothing is potentially in the way, (hint: SATA ports), before considering this or similar cards. If you have the space, a solid PSU, and need one of the better DX10 cards at around this price, this is an incredibly good choice.
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