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GeForce 9800 GX2: Pics & Specs

Hello readers! Sorry for the lack of posts from me recently but I’ve been out of my home country for a while. Belated Happy New Year wishes to you all :D . When I returned I found some interesting graphics card news (something I like posting about). It seems the first 9-series card won’t live up to the hype every new Nvidia card receives.

GeForce 9800 GX2 Front

NVIDIA’s yet-to-be released GeForce 9800 GX2 in the “flesh.” We reveal some of the specs and what should be expected.

The best way to think of the GeForce 9800 GX2 card is as an 8800 GPU that has been die shrunk to 65nm and placed in an SLI configuration in a “single” card. The 9800 GX2 is very reminiscent of 7950 GX2 of days past. (And we loved the 7950 GX2 at launch, but terrible support and diminishing returns soon painted it as one of NVIDIA’s biggest failures since the 5800 series.)

The GeForce 9800 GX2 will launch in late February or early March as it now stands and will replace the 8800 Ultra (single GPU) card in NVIDIA’s high-end product line up. The 9800 GX2 is said to be at least 30% faster than a 8800 Ultra. While it is not clear from the pictures below, we are told it will support “Quad SLI.”

GeForce 9800 GX2 Back

 

GeForce 9800 GX2

  1. 1GB Frame Buffer
  2. Two PCBs
  3. Two 65nm GPUs Total
  4. 256 Stream Processors Total

All of the information here comes from sources overseas that we consider trustworthy. Obviously there are some specifications that could be a bit more clear, especially on the memory bus. We would expect to see two 768MB frame buffers per GPU here, but that is not what is spelled out. We are guessing 512MB per GPU currently.

Source: HardOCP

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  1. dayum
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:00

    still a very nice card if all works correctly.

  2. br
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:00

    so is this running on the g92 cores?

  3. filguieiras
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:02

    Absolutely useless. Currently there are no games that are worth spending such amount of money.

  4. this one guy
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:04

    I hope the trend of using 417 vid cards in one computer dies soon. It’ll probably lead to crappier cards overall cause hey, you can put 17 of them in so it’ll be good then right

  5. Anonymouzor
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:07

    Id buy one, if it wasnt only 8800′s in SLI..
    Gues ill have to wait for ATI as they seem to be the ones out with “new gen” faster then Nvidia this time ;)

  6. January 6th, 2008 | 18:08

    These things keep on getting more extreme and outrageous

  7. emzmansion
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:13

    i am surprised, i am sure it will be expensive… i still love my 8800 gts 640MB though lol

  8. hairymary
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:17

    but will it work with my copy of pacman ?

  9. Peter Parker
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:18

    AMD failed. Their newest high end 3GHz CPU is beaten by the slow Q6600 @ 2.4GHz.

    Also for Nvidia, the 320MB, 640MB and 768MB choices were bad. They just released the 1GB 8800GT and that is only beneficial for resolutions of 1900×1200 and greater. At lower resolutions, it was beaten by the 512MB model. The 512MB 8800GT in SLi outperforms the 768MB 8800GTX and costs nearly the same as the 1GB 8800GT.

    Will have to wait and see what other models Nvidia bring out. I’m also not impressed with Intel’s new line of 45nm CPU’s as their stock speeds are lower than 3.0GHz (apart from the Extreme Editions – QX9770 and QX9775). They need to sort it out.

  10. Stay
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:21

    I’ve given up entirely on trying to keep my PC up-to-date for the latest games. It’s a fool’s game at best, and I quickly tired of shelling out hundreds of dollars every few months when my old gear got “outdated.”

  11. RoFLCaKeS
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:21

    They can make them better and better forever, why develop the most powerful card that can handle everything within the next 20 years, when you can do this kind of stuff and make billions!

    They have the technology, its all about what the companies want to do, what kind of roadmap they have set out, etc.

    I cannot wait any longer for more powerful Nvidia card thats coming out in around July 2008, its been kept well under wraps and I will be one of the first to buy it without a doubt!

  12. emzmansion
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:24

    @11 I didn’t know they released the 1GB 8800GT, I know for sure the 8800GTS 512MB was new

  13. Spam protection
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:28
  14. emzmansion
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:32

    i must say those are big cards…

  15. xjmtpomjo
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:35

    gee…
    I’m wondering how much power this card would consume

  16. Mr Gorbachev and his Wall
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:42

    @13
    The reality is that they are coming closer to the end of the line for the current design of graphics cards, untill they find a better way of cooling them rather then just making them bigger and sticking more heat sinks on them then they will soon hit the limit. graphics card have been getting bigger and bigger every generation. Don’t you remember the Geforce 4 series from about 4-5 years ago? they where small and if i remember correctly they where the first generation to have their own fan…

  17. Meso
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:50

    That is ridiculus, 30% increase with two 9800 over an 8800 ultra? Rip off.

  18. philips14c
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:52

    @18 LOOOOL! “Geforce 4 series where the first generation to have their own fan…”???? HAHAHA! My ancient RivaTNT had a fan! NEWBEE!

  19. Mr Blobby
    January 6th, 2008 | 18:52

    Unless the price is actually ok, it will probably be easier just to get another 8800gt and run them in SLI if you wanna upgrade. But TBH if i can run crysis on high at 30fps im probably future proof for 2008 anyways.

  20. Steve
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:01

    Thats a really nice card. If I bought nVidia products I would be looking at that for SLI. Unfortunately AMD’s purchase of ATI seems to be a larger meal that they could not finish. That and their declaration of “Low to Mid range developement” is a kick in the arse. ATI WE’RE NUMBER 2 AND HAPPY ABOUT IT.

    Now we have nVidia doing the same. I predicted this when nVidia absorbed card manufacturers at their beginning. When you have less competition you get lazy.

  21. Blu-Ray is King
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:01

    Don’t buy this card if you already have a 8800 Ultra , it’s a marketing ploy.That’s unless you are a rich mofo who doesn’t care about throwing his money away on things like this.

    Wait for the specs on the 9800GTX or better yet , wait for the 10 series.

  22. Yoris
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:08

    this calls for drastic comments……please understand…


    fvck me….this card kicks some serious butts….

  23. Zayce
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:09

    If it’s simply two 8-series cores pancaked together to form “one” card, why isn’t it being called the 8900 GX2 or 8950 GX2? I realize that it’s a new revision of the G80 core (either the G92 or similar) but it’s still got its roots in the 8-series.

    The 7950 GX2 wasn’t two 6-series cores pancaked together. It’s not a huge issue, but it is confusing. Nvidia’s nomenclature is beginning to get confusing. Another example would be the 8800 GT. It uses a new revision (G92) core, outperforms the 8800 GTS, and yet it’s name would give the uninformed the impression that it’s an inferior card. Why Nvidia hadn’t named it the 8900 GT or something similar is something I can’t fathom.

  24. Peter Parker
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:16

    @Blu-Ray is King

    GeForce 10 won’t be out until 2009. I’m guessing Q1/Q2 2009. The GeForce 8 came out 14 months ago so makes it a 15-16 month gap between that launch and GeForce 9.

    @emzmansion

    There are lots of links if you do a Google search. Here is an article about the Sparkle 1GB8800GT: http://www.uberreview.com/2007/12/1gb-passively-cooled-8800gt-from-sparkle.htm
    I heard about the Palit one on Thursday. They look crap. Really crap. They look like my 1st Nvidia graphics card that came with my Pentium 3 450MHz (which was 16MB and had a fan) but larger. Who the hell thought that these cards looked good. Whoever gave these the green light in the design departments failed.

    The 1GB 8800GT is more expensive than the G92 512MB 8800GTS. I have no idea if these can be SLi’d. If they can and you’ve got a 30″ monitor with some cash to spare, they may perform quite well, but for the cash, you might be better off buying the 8800GTX or Ultra in SLi.

  25. Tomash
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:18

    :repost:

  26. solitaire
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:20

    but why get a geforce 9800 gx2 when you can get a radeon 9800 pro for 1/10th the cost?

  27. Wibble
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:21

    That is one butt ugly card.. ummm.. box!

    … and it STILL can’t run Crysis at max… what’s the point?

  28. jeffabc
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:21

    The countdown begins till these start showing up on craigslist and ebay from scammers

  29. Not Stupid
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:26

    Hey! Anyone know which MoBo was that? Looks feature filled.

  30. chdsfgdfg
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:26

    @ 28
    lol. yeah right the geforce 9800 vs radeon 9800 pro.
    omg lolcopter. Same number so therefore same thing. lol.

  31. JAFFA
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:27

    Irregardless of what you think about the cards themselves, one thing is certainly clear. Cases and Motherboards are going to have to be adapted to accommodate the Gfx cards of the future! Even if i could afford a pair of beasts like these i couldnt physically get them into my system …..!!!!

  32. RoFLCaKeS
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:32

    It’s basically 2 x 8800GTX

    They just made it into a GX2 and named it 9800GX2, with the exception that it uses a smaller wafer, don’t be fooled by it being seen as a completely new card.

  33. AnTje14
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:32

    OMg i just bought an 8800 Ultra 768MB!
    But there are no games wich need such a high end gfx card, so im fine… maybe Crysis but u still cant play it on Ultra High with this card. What actually makes it useless to release this big ugly card!

    @ hairymary
    I dont think that would work, maybe in a few years

  34. Cim
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:33

    Hilarious format for a card. Reminds me sort of the old boxed CPUs which looked like NES cartridges.

  35. Beaulieu
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:42

    When Halo 3 will come out on PC, it will need a bigger card to optimize his awesomeness

  36. Mr Blobby
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:42

    Crysis does indeed need one beast of a card but to spend £500+ just to play one game, not really worth it IMO. Crysis is a great game in its own right i gotta admit, the graphics are simply stunning but with £500 ill be getting meself a PS3 and MGS4, GTA4 and GT5.

  37. Beaulieu
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:42

    When Halo 3 will come out on PC, it will need a bigger card to optimize its awesomeness

  38. Mr Blobby
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:49

    Halo 3 on PC, awesome. I love the 360 but i just cant bring myself to every buy one. I doubt it will need more than a 8800gt to power it tho. TBH any port on 360 will run pretty sweet if you got half a decent setup. OFc if you dont you probably have a 360 anyways so everybody wins.

  39. Karl Ove
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:50

    Well i am sure as hell not upgrading yet just got my 8800 gtx and it runs crysis well enough and i had enough problems fitting that card in my tower and this card looks even bigger.

  40. D
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:52

    I just got a 8600GT 512mb for less than $100 shipped and it runs all the games I play just fine. So I can’t play Crysis on max, big deal it wasn’t that great of a game anyway. I can play the Orange Box,COD4,Supreme Commander and Bioshock all just fine. I refuse pay insane money for something that will be outdated within a year anyways and costs about the same as a nice HD-LCD television. It’s just stupid.

  41. essequemodeia
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:56

    I’ll upgrade. I’ll buy this for 450 and sell my old card for $300. So I’ll get it for $150. Easy.

  42. The One
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:57

    I’m buying two of these and sli first day them come out. Can’t wait!

  43. hikaricore
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:04

    But will it run Duke Nukem Forever?

  44. xtazy
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:09

    well… my Q6600 @ 3.2ghz & EVGA 8800GT SSC eats any game alive so i won’t be needing one of these yet!

  45. xtazy
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:12

    oh and for the record Ati will be back to slap this card to where it belongs

  46. GGMan
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:16

    Hi, has anyone noticed the HDMI sockets & also what appears to be power sockets.

    I am more looking forward to Sapphire Atomic HD 3870
    http://www.hexus.tv/
    http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/sapphireatomic/index.php

  47. Peter Parker
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:18

    Halo 3 on PC? Hahahaha! In another 3 years maybe. Halo 2 just came out on the PC 3 years after the Xbox version and they made it DX10 only. I’m sure that you will need much better hardware than an 8800GT to play this game at a decent resolution in 2011.

  48. Mr D
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:19

    I have a geforce 1,and it can run crysis at full ,so this should have no problem,oh and the other thing,nivida are going to bundle pacman with a gf9800gx :P

  49. Ozzy
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:34

    maybe that will get crysis running with 250 fps on highest video resolution. Pack ya ld 8800 in the bag jimmy and ask moma to buy you this video card

  50. Liquid
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:37

    Quad sli are they out of their minds. I have only one 8800 I berely fit it into the case, it was runnning across the whole motherboard. How on earth are you going to fit four.

  51. Phormula
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:38

    Sure hope you don’t need any of those PCI slots…

  52. Mos
    January 6th, 2008 | 20:48

    4 Radeon HD 3870 in Crossfire X will run halo 3.

  53. January 6th, 2008 | 20:59

    #31
    Not Stupid
    January 6th, 2008 | 19:26

    “Hey! Anyone know which MoBo was that? Looks feature filled.”

    Its a Nvidia nForce 790i.

  54. adam
    January 6th, 2008 | 21:04

    ” It seems the first 9-series card won’t live up to the hype every new Nvidia card receives.”

    which is why I went with the new 8800GTS (G92) 512. I would have gotten the regular 8800GT, but I prefer a quieter card made with a heating solution. Besides, I have a feeling that 2x 8800GTS (G92) in SLI will handle just about anything I can throw at it. INCLUDING DOOM.

  55. Knuspar
    January 6th, 2008 | 21:07

    why dont u just add a link to Hardocp.com as you copied all their text anyways ?

  56. Ronnie
    January 6th, 2008 | 21:27

    I’ll stick to my 7600GT until the money-fairy visits.

  57. shenmue
    January 6th, 2008 | 21:31

    Another naming con trick by Nvidia. Two G92 GPUs this card is rubbish, it also means we will have to wait for the proper 9 series GPUS to come out and that won’t be soon as one 9800GTX if the rumoured specs are correct would beat a 9800GX2.

    Come on Nvidia, we don’t want this crap!

    Release a card that can actually run Crysis at a decent rez on very high settings. Crysis isn’t that great but it’s the unfortunate benchmark as nothing currently runs it properly.

  58. jackstraw
    January 6th, 2008 | 21:52

    Heh, is it just me or are those cards an inch longer than the board.

  59. donjo
    January 6th, 2008 | 22:24

    Looks like Nvidia didn’t learn anything from 3DFX. The only way a single card with 2 GPUs will succeed is if they put them on the same chip. Having to double the memory is what killed 3DFX and here all these years later Nvidia is falling into the same trap.

  60. Not Stupid
    January 6th, 2008 | 22:38

    Thanx ReeGed! I was beginning to think that my comment was going to be overlooked.

    Now heading over to NewEgg to window shop.

  61. Xyu
    January 6th, 2008 | 22:40

    I’ll speculate a bit:
    30% speed increase with 100% price increase? worth it?

  62. Not Stupid
    January 6th, 2008 | 22:42

    Hmmm. They claim the C73 or the Nvidia nForce 790i will be coming out some time this year. Looks nice.

  63. doooooode
    January 6th, 2008 | 22:45

    lol…what a beast…sli up these cards and it will suck up the majority of your power bill…

  64. speedy11131
    January 6th, 2008 | 23:17

    @ Searles

    “It’s amazing at how they can keep making them better.”

    “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” :P

  65. Darth Arcon
    January 6th, 2008 | 23:49

    Yet again, they are going to release the better, yet smaller, GT’s months after the release of the gigantic useless cards. All I want is two GT’s in SLI, whose clock speed outperforms even the 8800 Ultra. I was very disappointed with the latter’s performance when it ended up in my comp a while back…

    Hell, if it turns out that the new series 9 GT’s are the same as the 8 GT’s, just more expensive, Ill probably just grab me a couple of 8800 GT’s…

  66. flos
    January 6th, 2008 | 23:52

    omg this would porbably need a 1000w power suply for the pc lol

  67. Capt.Jackof
    January 6th, 2008 | 23:54

    @speedy11131

    “It’s amazing at how they can keep making them better.”

    “Where there’s money, there’s a way.”

  68. jackstraw
    January 7th, 2008 | 00:27

    Will someone please delete and ban #71. He is posting this crap everywhere. He doesn’t deserve the links he gets on google.

    J.

  69. Inevitable
    January 7th, 2008 | 00:29

    This card is useless. I had 8800GT SLI with q6600 and 4Gb ram. Games you can play with SLI – you can play fine with only one GT and in most cases it will run better with one card. Games you cant play with one GT will not be playable with SLI. In another words, SLI is not worth it. Wait for real 9800 generation chip to play 2008+ games @ 1920×1200 all max. If you dont believe me – try it, but be sure you know how to sell on ebay.

  70. Capt.Jackof
    January 7th, 2008 | 01:05

    above pic w/ SLI reminds me of the World Trade Center in NY. Damn how can I get my H20 cooling to fit in with those in my tower

  71. BB
    January 7th, 2008 | 01:22

    Jesus, how big is that card? O_o
    I wonder if I can actually fit one of these into my PC at all!

  72. matocg
    January 7th, 2008 | 01:28

    omg, it’s almost bigger than mainboard…and i’m pretty sure it’ll be super mega expensive…don’t like ide of 2or more GPUs or vide card in pc…and also people who are able to pay such an amount of money just for the stupid games are not normal

    PISS OUT!

  73. Roflcer of the Lawl
    January 7th, 2008 | 01:36

    It is indeed bigger than the board itself.

  74. n00b
    January 7th, 2008 | 02:07

    why don’t they just release a high end video card for cheap
    because in another six month, something new will come out

  75. music
    January 7th, 2008 | 04:38

    dual cards blah, its not going to work with everygame, nvidia just being lazy as intel since daamit cant get a thing right.
    oh yeah and looks ugly btw.

  76. MoSigma
    January 7th, 2008 | 05:09

    OMG! It looks like a work of art. I love the sleek design, the curves. oh my! oh my!

    oh no…. excuse me while I go get a napkin to clean up my ummm….

    Oh, so pretty! I gotta get one. Oh my precious how I’ve waited for you.

  77. whatever
    January 7th, 2008 | 07:54

    Should’nt this be called the 8800 GX2.

    Apparently provides a 25-30% increase which is laaaaame.

    Now give me my 9800gtx.

  78. Calle 13
    January 7th, 2008 | 09:27

    AMD is the reason why Nvidia is moving slow, and the reason why we can’t play Crysis on Very High yet at 30fps. AMD gives no competition, so Nvidia is in no hurry to release the next big thing. I bet that they have a line-up ready to launch….buy why launch with all those extra units in circulation….it will be a loss of money.

    Nvidia is doing dirty business. They are waiting for ATI to release their next card, so that they can just release theirs and so that noone will buy ATI and everyone will buy Nvidia. They are eliminating those “ATI fanboys” who will rather wait and not buy a new Nvidia 9XXX in hope that ATI will release a better one soon.

  79. asdasdasd
    January 7th, 2008 | 11:22

    And CPU is not required anymore. Look at the picture… :)

  80. Pilsu
    January 7th, 2008 | 13:20

    Wonder how that setup affects the memory barrier. Technically it’s got a gig of ram, raping it but the SLI setup might remove the problem. We’ll see

  81. no_rlz
    January 7th, 2008 | 14:22

    damn! you will need a nuclear reactor instead those atx power supply to make a computer works in 10 years

  82. knux
    January 7th, 2008 | 19:09

    Let’s think for a second and stop complaining. NVidia has been known for:

    Even series being something that sticks for a while

    Odd series happening 2 months before the even series

    and actually being somewhat good compared to all competitors. Though I have seen ATI pick up speed

    (BTW I go off of personal experience not some software or magazine score of the card… If it plays my game, I don’t give a damn)

  83. kenny baby
    January 9th, 2008 | 16:50

    Ati better than nvidia, when pigs fly perhaps.

    Anyways to those who think that this is far ahead of its time yo are wrong.

    Games have been designed to be used on machines which are not yet available in the market.

  84. SNIPE
    January 17th, 2008 | 08:39

    Finnaly [maybe] finnaly 3 x 9800 gx2 3 way sli enabled hopefully crysis will be playble with high settings at 2560 x 1600 or at list 1920×1200

    if not then nvidia failed again. 3 way sli system is already faild 3 x 8800 ultra or gtx playing crysis min at 60fps even in medium settings it faild game is running 20 – 30fps.

    unbelivble why they created a game called crysis even todays modern graphics and hardware technology no much for the game.

    I WILL GIVE NVIDIA AT LIST 2 YEARS TO COME UP A POWERFULL GPU AND TECHNOLOGY
    TO CHALLENGE CRYSIS RUNNING THE GAME AT 2560 X 1600 HIGH SETTINGS OR ABOVE MIN AT 60FPS.

    IF ANYONE HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS I LIKE TO SEE.

  85. SNIPE
    January 17th, 2008 | 08:41

    bUT THEN AGAIN WHO SAID THERE IS GOING TO BE 3 WAY SLI I SEE 2 WAY BRIDGE 2 CARDS.

  86. Nvidia
    January 24th, 2008 | 20:43

    @1-85
    Don’t buy this Card its not worth it.