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PNY XLR8 VCG98GX2XPB GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB (512MB per GPU) 512-bit (256-bit per GPU) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 256 (128 x 2) CUDA Cores 256 (128 per GPU)
  • 1GB (512MB per GPU) 512-bit (256-bit per GPU) 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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  • Christopher R.
  • 1/13/2009 7:47:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware

Pros: This card runs fantastically at first. Even without SLI, this card will surprise you at every turn.

Cons: When this card overheats (it will... trust me) it will never be the same. I've seen cards come back from overheating but this card is so susceptible to heat that one time overheating becomes a point of no return. I used to be able to run almost any game at full rez and get 40+ FPS no problem. Now... even after adding extra fans and cleaning the card until it was spotless, inside and out, I can't run any game at even the lowest rez without it overheating.

If you want a card for a month... get it.
If you want a card for life... avoid this thing at all costs.

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  • floyd m.
  • 1/5/2009 12:46:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEpically Caliente

Pros: Only paid 234 bones for it. Better performance than the gtx280 in some games, lol

Practically doubled my fps in Lost Planet and devil may cry 4. dmc already played extremely well, but now with all high settings I still get what i would have gotten with my previous 8800 gt on low settings. Which is 90+ in some levels and 160 in others.

Geometry wars never looked better than it does with this card. No stutter what so ever in Romance of the Three Kingdoms 11.

Cons: Applying mx-2 helped drop the temps a lil bit, but at clock speeds and higher it reaches 81c. Idle is around 52c. Had to underclock the core to 525, but still get great fps. Underclocked with fan speed at 80% gets me 78c temps. Heinous temps. The could have done much better on the cooling. Horrid way to design a card. Only got it bcuz of the price. Next card i get will be an Ati x2. Much easier to keep cool.

Got a pretty well ventilated case; 2 80mm side fans, 120 mm front and rear fans, and 80 mm on top of case.

The heat is a huge let down, but the performance is awesom

Other Thoughts: Finally after about 5 orders in a row, this one actually didnt arrive late. WHen they said 3 business days, it didnt take 5 or 6, it only took 3.

Newegg is the best with pricing and overall product availability. Been shopping here for years and will continue to do so.

Phenom 9950 @ 3.2ghz

Just wish that C & C Red Alert 3 would stop ricky boxing and get the drivers fixed. Unplayable with AA turned on

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  • George D.
  • 12/25/2008 3:25:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs9800gx2

Pros: Fast, outperforms $400 gtx280 in most games for half the price. Internal sli does not require sli capable motherboard.

Cons: Runs hot. Exhausts a portion of hot air into case through vents on side of card in addition to outside the case through back of card. High power consumption. Package does not contain 6pin/8pin pcie power adapters.

Other Thoughts: Newegg shipped me the factory overclocked version, at 675mhz core/2100mhz vram, compared to standard 600mhz core/2000mhz vram. Not sure if it's an error in the product description, and every card is factory overclocked, or Newegg made a one time mistake. It's a good thing though.

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  • Sean C.
  • 12/24/2008 12:16:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsthis thing rocks

Pros: Originally bought for Folding for science. F@H. Maximizes GPU power per HW PCIe slot. OC able with RTuner. Awesome with 24" monitor. Liked it so much I just ordered another but is PNY as GX2's are getting hard to come by. If you can find one BUY one.

Cons: Need good case with Fan support for cooling

Other Thoughts: Dell XPS720, Q6600, 9800GX2, Thermaltake 650W Auxiliary PSU to take the load off the primary PSU. The Thermaltake will drive 2 GX2's no prob... and NewEgg has 'em.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/24/2008 12:09:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs10 Ton Brick of Godlyness

Pros: 1st I won this card at a Video Game Convention...AMAZING...2nd This thing can handle anything game you can throw at it. I ordered all my other parts of Newegg and I received the shippment 1 DAY EARLY.

Cons: A little big and gets a Little warm but my CM690 has ALOT of air flow so it keeps them pretty cool.

Other Thoughts: This thing is BiG and kinda Heavy for a Video card. Kinda frighten me that it was going to be handing off my mobo...But after latching it down it holds tight.

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  • Tony N.
  • 12/23/2008 7:35:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPNY XLR8 9800 GX2

Pros: Very Cheap!, a $500 dollar video card for 234 bucks! ! This card today still retails at over $550.00 at some retailers! WoW very Fast, 40 fps on crysis! @ 1900x1200! all settings all at very high! (I bought two of these for Cheap!) *only 1 was running!

Cons: Card Runs a little hot, needs good air circ or water cooling! when i got mine the metal frame was slightly bent, and also a screw where you plug the monitor in, fell out! it is no big deal just bent down picked it off the floor & put it back in the card and tightened it up,
the latest Video drivers were buggy, there was an SLI balloon message that stayed on the screen during my bench tests (that only shows up during game play not internet useage) (google "SLI balloon message" for the fix!!) **only four stars for a bent frame and loose screws!

Other Thoughts: I ordered this at 6pm yesterday, and it arrived TODAY at 10AM!! This item came with free shipping, so I thoght I had a 4-10 days waiting period from UPS, but Newegg came through for me BIGTIME! as always!!
Once you know, you Newegg!!!!!!!

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  • Richard U.
  • 9/24/2008 7:16:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card poor customer svc through PNY

Pros: I game @ 1680x1050 and avg about 26 FPS in crysis on very high no aa or af on during single player. Muli is much higher and smoother for some reason avg 46? Sees very overclockable.

Cons: Poor CS on the behalf of PNY. First card I recieved would not display any video. I called tech support and they told me I needed a bigger psu. I knew I did not and decided to RMA back to newegg (now thats cs) second card did the same thing so after all the trial and error I did myself I narrowed it down to a simple bios update. T hanks for wasting my time PNY I make sure to avoid your products in the future since you dont know anyting about your product. They almost had me go out and buy a new PSU Specs below.

Other Thoughts: Q6700, asus p5b plus bios 1103, 4g corsair ddr2 800 sli certified, wd 750g 7500rpm hdd, 1sony dvdrw, Artic freeze pro 7 cpu cooler, Vista 32, Antec power trio 650

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  • Peter B.
  • 9/10/2008 9:22:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: considerably faster than my 8800GTX was, especially running the PhysX engine in GRAW, and probably as fast as my non-SLI nForce 570 Ultra board will ever get. Now I am definitely CPU-limited in most games.

Cons: I don't give it 5 stars because of a lack of installation instructions. Not that I usually read that stuff, this time I had to. The manual is written for a half dozen PNY cards, but it clearly doesn't talk about the 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors on the GX2 and what you're supposed to do with the supplied (super short) adapter/extender power cables. In my case, the 8-pin extender they included (nice touch) was still too short, and once I extended it with some quick solder/heatshrink action the CPU didn't boot anymore (the 4-pin feed on my PSU is on the same wire strand as the 8-pin). So a little research on the net was in order and I simply converted the second 6-pin to another 8-pin power feed. System boots, card runs fine. 750W psu is plenty for this thing. My solution may not be for you - so make sure you have a PSU that has 6-pin and 8-pin 12V available that is NOT at the same time powering the motherboard/CPU.

Other Thoughts: AMD nforce 590 Ultra, X2 6400, Silverstone 750Watt supply, 3GB Corsair Ram, XP 32bit, Sounblaster X-fi, one SATA HD, DVD. Primarily run GRAW with PhysX enabled. 8800GTX was fine until the PhysX drivers came out. Clearly a worthwhile upgrade compard to the cost of the old Ageia cards.

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  • David G.
  • 8/28/2008 1:14:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Upgraded from an OC'd 8800gts and the gx2 put it to shame right out of the box. Managed to overclock it to 725/2200 and my 3dmark06 score went up by around 3500.
Seems people have issues with heat but mine goes no higher than 68°C on full load. It's in a well ventilated Antec 900 with all the fans on the medium setting.
I chose this guy over the 280 due to the price. I'm very happy with my decision. I ran CoD4 last night with everything maxed out and never dropped below 60fps.

Cons: Not much of a con but it's BIG. Took up the length of my case from back to drive bays. Not sure if it would have fit if I had more than 1 hd.

Other Thoughts: ASUS P5b deluxe
Q6600 @ 3.2ghz
2gb Mushkin 1066 @ 798, 4-4-4-12
PNY 9800gx2 at 725/2200
Hiper 880W
Seagate Barracuda 250gb 7200rpm

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  • Richard B.
  • 7/15/2008 4:17:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCrazy Hot!

Pros: Powerful next gen graphics. Can't say much as I haven't pushed it. But it is top notch next to the gigabyte which was rated the top performer but you'll pay $100 + more for a marginal difference. This card is your one stop buy for cost effective top grade next gen graphics power.

Cons: Hotter than THE SUN. Yes, out of the box with 180 CFM of case flow she idled at 60c and loaded at 80c, Pumping airflow up to 400CFM chilled her down 10c. Be Aware she is a hot one, and average owners temps were 5 degrees hotter than my first temps. SO pack the cool with these puppies.

Other Thoughts: Case: Thermaltake Armor Plus VH6000BWS
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield @3.6GHz
GPU:PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB GDDR3
PSU: SILVERSTONE ST1200W
MEM: G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1600 Dual Channel (7-7-7-18) @1700MHz
Mobo:XFX 790i Ultra FSB@1700MHz
CPU HS: Thermaltake V1 (OCZ Freeze Thermal Compound)
HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 32MBcache
HDD Cooler: AeroCool Streamliner 14cm 50CFM
Intake:(400CFM) Scythe "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm 143CFM, Scythe 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan 110CFM, Thermaltake 23cm@70CFM & Thermaltake 12cm@50CFM
Exhaust:(400CFM) Scythe "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm 143CFM, Scythe 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan 110CFM & FrozenCPU 5.25" Cross Flow Fan 100CFM
Other Cooling: Antec Spotcool 22CFM (currently on RAM)
Card Reader: AeroCool FP-01 55-in-1 w/Flip-up LCD Screen
Media:LG Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM (GGW-H20L), LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner (GGC-H20L)
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3

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