So what about the Asus EN9800GT? It did perform better than a factory overclocked 1GB 9600GT, but nothing earth-shattering. But this card isn't overclocked, it is a stock card with a nice cooler. That particular 9600GT cost about $200 earlier this year, and still costs nearly $150.
As with other 9800GTs, the magic is in the price. This is a really a $200 video card, but sells for under $150. It came onto the market at this price, rather than hanging around a year before reaching the economy card price range.
Performance of the 9800GT is nothing to sneeze at, I saw respectable performance on all benchmarks and games, using AA on each one. For someone that has been using older midrange cards, such as the 7600GT, 8600GT, or 8600GTS, the 9800GT will be a huge jump in performance. HD 3850 and stock clock 9600GT owners will also see a worthwhile upgrade in the 9800GT.
The Asus EN9800GT sells for $135 at my favorite online retailer, and others I looked at. Additionally, most of them had some kind of mail in rebate, making the cost of the card as low as $109. This card is definitely a good value at $135, and if you do the MIR thing, it can be an unbelievable value. ThinkComputers.org gives the ASUS GeForce EN9800GT 512MB Video Card a 10 out of 10 score.
- Performs well, excellent upgrade for any last generation midrange video card
- Excellent price, can be had for as low as $109, unheard of for a newly released card in this performance range