The 9800GT was released about a month ago (mid August 2008) with a minimum amount of fanfare. It should have been a big deal, as its predecessor the 8800GT, but the 9800GT entered the market with totally different circumstances. nVidia had released the GTX 280 and GTX 260 only about a month before, and ATI released the HD 4850 a mere two weeks before. The HD 4850 gave upper-end card performance for under $200, and drove down the cost of most other video cards including bringing the 9800GTX down to $200 from well over $300.
So, many nVidia partners came up with a good marketing strategy for the 9800GT, selling it in the sub-$150 range, amid the 1GB 9600GTs, 640MB and factory overclocked 8800GTs, 8800GTSs, HD 3870s, and whatever other earlier video cards still hanging around had climbed down to that price range. A newly released video card in the performance range of what should cost $200-$225, for the price of a lower mid-range card! How much crazier can the video card market get this year? Today I will be looking at Asus' reference-clocked version of the 9800GT 512MB, the EN9800GT. Read on to see how much of a value this card is!
Model: EN9800GT HB/HTDI/512M Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x 16 Chipset: geForce 9800GT Core Clock: 600mHz Stream Processors: 112 Memory: 512MB GDDR3 Memory Clock: 1800mHz Memory Interface: 256-bit RAMDAC: 400mHz Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600
HDCP Ready Ports:
-2 x DVI Ports
-HDMI via Adapter
-HDTV/S-Video Out Cooling: Asus Glaciator HS/fan
The 9800GT comes in Asus' typical mid-range video card sleeved box. Not much information here, a few features mentioned on the back. Inside, we find the video card protected in its own foam compartment, and separated from the bundle by a cardboard divider.