Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 45nm
Asus Striker II NSE geForce 790i SLI
Corsair XMS DDR3-1600 4GB kit
OCZ EliteXStream 800 watt PSU
Thermaltake Bigwater 780e Liquid Cooling System
Thermaltake Armor+ ESA Full Tower
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Of course, installation of a video card involves inserting the card in the PCI-E slot, connecting power, booting the rig, and installing drivers. This replaced an ATI card, and I had uninstalled the other card and uninstalled all ATI software.
After booting with the 9800GT, I immediately launched the latest nVidia drivers, and it all worked correctly the first time. Wish the Catalyst drivers worked that way.
Testing - Benchmarks
To check out the performance of the Asus EN9800GT, I ran a series of benchmarks, all familiar to enthusiasts. For comparison, I ran the same benchmarks on a Palit 9600GT 1GB Sonic, a video card that currently costs the same as the 9800GT. This card sports a full gig of memory, and is factory overclocked.
To be honest, I really didn't know what to expect between the two cards, keeping in mind that the 9600GT is overclocked and has a gig of memory, which increases its performance more than you'd expect. The 9800GT is at stock clock, with half the memory. I guess I expected the 9800GT to outperform the 9600GT but not that much.
The 9800GT performed well compared to the 9600GT, probably more than I expected, but the realistic testing will be with real games.
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