As I mentioned earlier, Palit made a wise decision in pricing the 9800GT as an economy video card. Four or five weeks ago, prior to the release of the Radeon HD 4850 and prior to the price of the geForce 9800GTX dropping to $200, a $170-$200 9800GT would have made sense, and probably would have done well like its predecessor, the 8800GT. Events have changed, and what would have been a successful upper mid-range, lower high-range card will likely be overlooked.
The 9800GT performs. Play any current game with very playable FPS. Run AA without fear. Larger monitors with high resolution that you'd never consider using with an economy card? No problem. And all of this in silence.
As I've mentioned, the Palit 9800GT sells for $130 at my favorite online retailer. With things as they are, I can't think of a better video card value ever. The Palit 9800GT is a newly released upper-end video card at an economy price. It blows away the competition at its price point, the 9600GT and the HD 3850. I was unable to compare it to the 8800GT or the HD 3870, but I feel pretty comfortable that it will perform better than either of those, though to a much lesser extent, with those cards selling for $30-$50 more. ThinkComputers.org awards the Palit 9800GT Sonic 512MB Video Card a 10 out of 10 score.
- Upper-end graphics performance at an economy price
- Quiet cooler