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ECS N9800GTE-512MX-F GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 112 CUDA Cores
  • 512MB 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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  • Dennis W.
  • 10/2/2009 5:30:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet, Good For My Needs

Pros: Well, I bought this card for my own reasons:

My ATI HD3850 had just died, and I was in the market for a new card that would provide better performance and MUCH lower noise at the <$100 price point. Happy to say, I found it in this card!

First off, the fan is quiet. My case is nothing special in terms of acoustics- very thin steel. But, no noise from this fan, even during the 3rd hour or so of TF2.

Speaking of TF2, I get FANTASTIC performance in TF2, L4D, World In Conflict, Mount and Blade, and even Fallout 3. In TF2 and Left 4 Dead, I have settings maxed at 1680 x 1050, smooth as silk. I'm going to try overclocking the card a little. It can definitely handle it.

The card is also ridiculously cool. Mine idles around 30c. At the 3rd hour, it's not gone above 50c. Considering my 3850 idled at 50c and load temps were around 90c-110c, this is an awesome improvement for me.

This is with only two 5v fans pulling air in through a real thick filter- this thing is all

Cons: Well, it is underclocked 50 core speed from the original 9800GT, and without a 6-pin connector, overclocking is limited. But you knew that already, anyways.

Other Thoughts: A very nice card. But my favorite part? The drivers!

I think this was just a fluke of my card, but the drivers past 8.6 CCC never worked as well. With this, I downloaded latest nVidia driver from their website and installed it right away. I don't know if you HAVE to use the CD on a new installation- I didn't even touch mine.

But yes, here are some benchmarks (VSync disabled, Of Course!)

System: 2.625Ghz AMD X2 4000+
2x1Gb DDR2 800 (874)
400CX Corsair PSU

TF2 with 3850: Max out at 97, avg 32, min 12
TF2 with 9800gt: Max out at 11, avg 63, min 24

Left 4 Dead with 3850: Max out at 75, avg 36, min 18
Left 4 Dead with 9800GT: Max out at 128, avg 71, min 30

But, the best part of these results? The 3850 is with no AA, no AF, and shaders on low. The 9800GT is with everything maxed. This card was a huge jump- although the lack of heat and less power was big enough itself.

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  • Carroll C.
  • 9/30/2009 2:00:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCery pleased

Pros: Good price, great performance and stability. Needs no external power, runs right off the slot. Short in length and this was a prime selling point for me as the heat sink on my CPU blocked installation of long cards having a full length fan shroud. Very quiet at idle.

Cons: None so far. Definitely meets my needs.

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  • Carl H.
  • 9/25/2009 6:08:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggss'okay

Pros: Fairly inexpensive for the chipset and performance.
About as good as the two 6800s it replaced.
Doesn't need supplemental power.
Have yet to run into any issues with my games.

Don't be put off by the long list of cons, it's a great workhorse card. If you're on a budget, but still want decent performance, this is the card for you.

Cons: It's not *better* than two 6800s and a single 8800 is supposed to be better than two 6800s. One would think even a low-range 9800 would demonstrate clear superiority over cards that are so old.
It's not a quiet card, and the fan revs up for even moderate tasks.
The fan sticks out so far, I'm wondering if SLI is even possible. Just "eyeballing" it during installation, but it looks wider than "double-wide". I'd probably would have to remove my sound card to make room. Luckily, I have every intention of getting a whole new rig before making any more incremental upgrades to the old rig.
It vents into the case, instead of out the back through the blocked slot.

Other Thoughts: I have a "toolless" Silverstone Temjin case. The metal bar along the top of the card interfered with the spring-loaded expansion card locks. But that's a case-specific issue.

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  • Joseph J.
  • 9/10/2009 8:48:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: This card was inexpensive compared to the competition-$20 to $40 less. Low power requirement means no 6-pin power connector necessary (though the core is under-clocked a bit to reduce voltage). It runs all my games maxed out with smooth frame-rates. F.E.A.R., F.E.A.R. XP, Bioshock...IL 2 is old, but still needs a good card for maxed perfect settings. This card runs it beautifully. Equally importantly, it does it while staying COOL. Card idles at 40c. Doesn't exceed 50c after playing Bioshock maxed all day long. Great GPU for low price. Great for under-powered systems. Probably need at least 400w. Very quiet at idle--can't hear it at all. Can barely hear it under load.

Cons: Didn't come with a free game.

Other Thoughts: As long as the card holds up, I can't think of a better piece of hardware around in this price-range. I've heard it overclocks well, but haven't needed to try it.

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  • Aziz J.
  • 8/31/2009 4:09:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsrock solid

Pros: bought 6 of these babies for an low budget upgrade for some production workstations. 9800 gt was the best low wattage video card we could run in our dell precision 390's.

photoshop cs4 now flies with opengl settings enabled.

Cons: non

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  • Seth J.
  • 8/14/2009 11:17:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: Fantastic mid-range performance for a reasonable price.
Runs cool in a mini-ITX build - 38c idle / 52C load.
Near-Silent - 100% fan speed is barely audible (35% default)
Shortened length and no 6-pin power connection ensure compatibility with nearly any PC - A perfect upgrade for a brand-name prebuilt machine.
Arctic Freezer HSF is fantastic.
Static shield / Anti-Bending bar are nice freebies.
Overclocks well (Have yet to push it - sitting at 620/940)
Stock 3dmark06 - 11500 (See specs)

Cons: It's an underclocked 9800GT (550 core vs 600) - Not a true con for the advantages it presents

Other Thoughts: Put this in a mini-ITX multi-purpose build, couldn't be happier.
Specs:
Core 2 Duo e8500
4GB DDR2-800 Geil Green
ECS 9800GTE 512mb
Zotac 9300-D-E Mini-ITX
60GB OCZ Apex SSD
320GB WD Black 7200RPM 2.5"
Silverstone Sugo 5
Win 7 64 RC

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  • Joshua S.
  • 8/6/2009 9:38:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsbring an old pc back to life

Pros: fit into dell dimension e521 just fine (note this is not a single slot card) the dell has a btx mobo that would put most dual slot cards right into the heat sink this card was a night and day upgrade from a 7300le this card does not need a 6 pin connector... call of duty 4 works like a champ

Cons: 400 watt psu..... would like to see a card this old have a revised chip to allow a 300 watt psu....i am to chicken to overclock anything this cheap from a company known to have cheap products (i did not say bad i said cheap)

Other Thoughts: i hope it runs modern warfare 2

dell e-521
amd 5000x2 (windsor)
ecs 9800gt

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