Not quite a year ago, nVidia performed what I guess was the most heralded video card release in history, the 8800GT. There were already two upper-end versions of the "8" series, the 8800GTX and the 8800GTS, both priced out of range for the average enthusiast. There were also two mid-range "8" series cards, the 8600GTS and the 8600GT. The release of the 8800GT was perfectly timed.there was a huge gap in performance between the 8600GTS and the 8800GTS, along with a huge price gap. ATI had nothing new, and their recent acquisition by AMD had everyone wondering if they would even survive. There was no new card on the market in the $300 price range covering the lower realm of upper-end GPUs, ATI's HD 3870 was still a few months away, so the 8800GT was the right card in the right place at the right time.
Today's situation is totally different. Though the geForce 9800GTX and the highly acclaimed 9600GT have both been around awhile, nVidia has since released the GTX 280 and GTX 260, upper end cards in the $450 and $350 price points respectively. AMD/ATI has recently released the HD 4870 and HD 4850, both with performance numbers far beyond their price points of $280 and $180. Prices on the 9800GTX, only a few months old, have already dropped to around $200, and for a little less than that you can get a brand new HD 4850 that performs as well.
Into this vicious jungle of video card madness, nVidia releases the 9800GT. Priced around $175 by most nVidia partners, though the 9800GTs performance should be above that of the 9600GT and all mid-range cards from the previous generation, it will be a hard sell against the HD 4850. But our friends at Palit wisely released their version of the 9800GT at $130, precisely in the price range of those cards that it will easily and soundly trounce. So at that price point, econo-buyers can get a newly-released video card that should be in the upper mid-range/lower high-range GPU world. Will the Palit 9800GT be the answer to the poor man's graphics prayers? Read on to see!
Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x 16 GPU: nVidia geForce 9800GT Core Clock: 600mHz Stream Processors: 112 Memory: 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 Memory Clock: 1800mHz
- OpenGL 2.1
- HDTV/S-Video out
- Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600
- SLI Supported
- Certified for Windows Vista
The Palit 9800GT comes in the familiar gold-holographic Palit box, with Frobo, Palit's frog mascot, on the front. Inside, the video card is in a separate cardboard box, protected inside by bubblewrap and a slab of foam.