A Closer Look
Palit commonly forgoes the reference design and builds video cards of their own design, and the 9800GT is no exception. In this case, they have taken the 9800GT and made a more simple design, to cut some costs to be able to sell it for much less than most of their competitors. Rather than a 10" card like the 9800GTX, the Palit 9800GT is 9", the same length as the 9600GT, and will easily fit into nearly all mid towers.
Rather than use a full-length fan shroud, Palit has further reduced costs by using just a cooler. The cooler is fairly large, 2-slot, and is made of aluminum alloy. It is gold-anodized, and the base also serves as a heatsink for the memory chips. Unlike many video cards, Palit has opted to put all eight memory chips on the same side of the card, rather than put half of them on the bottom. Further costs saved here, Palit always has some kind of cooling for their memory, and a separate backing plate isn't necessary with all of the memory under the fan's baseplate. I'd imagine that this PCB was designed for 1GB of memory, and they merely used half that.
Located near the fan is the small unobtrusive S/PDIF connector, to connect to the motherboard for HD Audio out via HDMI.
On the rear of the card is a matching cooler for the card's power supply. The card uses a single 6-pin PCI-E power connector.
The card uses a 2-slot PCI bracket. There are dual-DVI connectors and S-Video.
To further cut costs, Palit has added just what you need to get started, a PCI-E adapter, a DVI/Sub-15 adapter, and a driver disk. They also threw in a copy of Tomb Raider Anniversary edition just to sweeten the pot.
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