Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2 due on March 11?

By on February 18, 2008, 9:26 AM
Now that AMD has become a real contender in the high-end graphics market with their recently released dual-GPU Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards, Nvidia is getting ready for their next move and has finally revealed the clock speeds of the upcoming GeForce 9800 GX2 to their partners.

According to VR-Zone, the card will be clocked at 600MHz for core, 1.5GHz for shaders and 1GHz for memory thus, performance is estimated to be just slightly higher than two GeForce 8800GT in SLI configuration. In addition, the card will offer a total of 256 stream processors, along with a total of 1GB of GDDR3 RAM. While originally poised to launch later this month, the new dual-GPU card is now reportedly set to launch on March 11.

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9Nails said:
Why so much memory? Can anyone tell me of a game that needs that much RAM? Is it only for high resolution improvements that they put in that much RAM? I don't want to complain about getting more, but DDR3 is expensive, and if the card could be made more friendly to my wallet and kick up the FPS of Crysis at 1680x1050 then I'll consider replacing my current cards. (I'm also interested in a GPU which can shut down parts of it's core in favor of low-power consumption. I shouldn't need to burn 160+ watts just to type out this comment!)
Julio said:
I believe the reason why the are pushing 1GB of video memory is because only half is available to each GPU, meaning that on a title that is not well optimized for multi-GPUs, you would take advantage of only half of the memory and if you were to use a 256+256 configuration that could lead to severe slowdowns in a worst-case scenario.
tc17 said:
According to the Inquirer, these cards are delayed yet once again by Nvidia. They are saying the end of March or later. Some of their new 9600 cards have been recalled.
icye said:
The power consumption of this card will be an issue for me because I don't want a waste power amid the rising costs of electricity these days. If nvidia can give the user the controls to shut down one of the GPUs when the computer is not running a graphics extensive game, then that would be a start. nvidia's 'Enthusiast System Architecture' is a good though consumers will need components that support it.I look forward to seeing how much power these cards consume when idle compared to when its on peak load. I'm sure some are salivating at the thought of putting 3 of these in their 7xx series mobos~ Thats like a small nuclear factory inside the computer...
howzz1854 said:
high graphic memory is essential for many of us who are running high HD res like 1920X1080. higher the resolution, the more texture count it's required to process therefore requires more memory. i can't say how much better it is since i upgraded from 7800gt to 8800gt (from 256mb to 512mb), my pc now no loner have to do memory swap anymore.
bleaktrotter said:
Reportedly, the 9800 GX2 will only have a 256 bit memory interface.I quite disappointed :(Anyone know what kind of price point these will have? Will it be on par with a 3870 X2?
icye said:
[b]Originally posted by bleaktrotter:[/b][quote]Anyone know what kind of price point these will have? Will it be on par with a 3870 X2?[/quote]According to Tom's Hardware, the expected price is $449 but I really doubt that nvidia can get enough cards out at first and the prices will be higher.
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