Nvidia has added two new products to its GeForce 9 series of graphics cards. First up is the GeForce 9800 GT, which is essentially a 55nm die shrink of the 8800GT with hybrid power. It has a 600MHz GPU clock as well as 512MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory running at 1800MHz, and should be priced at around $160-$180 to compete with AMD’s Radeon HD 3870 and hugely popular Radeon HD 4850 cards.
Moving on, Nvidia’s second and more interesting new card comes in the form of the 65nm GeForce 9500 GT – aimed at the meaty budget segment. This SLI-ready card has a 550MHz core clock, 32 shader processors running at 1400MHz, and should use either DDR2 or DDR3 memory with sizes ranging from 256MB to 512MB.
The GeForce 9500 GT is aggressively priced at just under $100 and, according to some early reviews, it is quite a good deal for a budget card with performance considerably faster than the Radeon HD 3650, and pretty much on par with the GeForce 8600 GTS. The card, however, is no match for the slightly more expensive GeForce 9600 GT or Radeon HD 3850. Click here for HotHardware’s in-depth review of the 9500 GT.