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MIT Artificial Vision researchers recently assembled an impressive 16-GPU monster composed of 8 x GeForce 9800 GX2 donated by NVIDIA.
More pictures HERE
Expreview has just published a review about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280.
Read the complete review HERE
The chaps over at VR-Zone have managed to bench a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1Gb.
Read the complete preview HERE.
Apparently preliminary testing did not show any jaw-dropping results. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 can be considered as somewhat of a ‘re-work’ of the GeForce 9800 GX2 into a single core package with faster processing capability and more bandwidth.
GeForce 9800 GTX
– XFX 9800 GTX @ DriverHeaven
GeForce 9800 GX2
– ASUS EN9800GX2 @ elitebastards.com
GeForce 8800 GT
– MSI NX8800GT Zilent @ tech-reviews.co.uk
Tom’s Hardware recently received a monster gaming rig from Falcon Northwest: a Mach V Quad SLI system that came with two Nvidia 9800 GX2 cards. With such a rig, they were eager to see how a Quad SLI system performed compared to a 3-way SLI scheme.
Read the full review HERE
A single 9800 GX2 on its own is a formidable graphics card, but users should be warned that investing in another card won’t blow the doors off a system. In fact, we may characterize Quad SLI with two 9800 GX2s as a comparable and cheaper alternative to an expensive 3-way SLI configuration – one that will save you both some space inside your system and some money in your wallet. Quad SLI with 9800 GX2s is still in its infancy, so we expect that Nvidia will deliver improvements to this configuration as time goes on. But if it’s vastly superior performance gamers are looking for, then they’re advised to wait for the forthcoming release of Nvidia’s GTX 280 model.
Guru3D has reviewed the XFX’s GeForce 9800 GX2. Read the complete 14-page review HERE.
I also just have to mention this; for a 9800 GX2 to reach 700 MHz; wow… that’s quite something. XFX make selections of their products, and are testing their product pretty rigorously, only with a very stringent and low-yield approach they select these black editions by first selecting the normal yields, then then the XXX editions … and finally the gems that pass all performance, heat and stability tests combined becoming the Black Editions. This selection is what will make this more expensive.
So then, if a game is SLI supported (and 95% of the games today are), this is the fastest product you can purchase for that gaming experience. With the computational power that the 9800 GX2 brings you’ll reach new performance heights that surpasses the mighty GeForce 8800 Ultra at a steep yet lesser price. Any game to date can be played in the highest resolution with the finest image quality settings.
The latest graphics cards reviews of the week:
GeForce 9800 GX2
– XFX GeForce 9800GX2 @ Motherboards.org
GeForce 9600 GT
– Geforce 9600GT SLI Performance
– BFG Tech 9600GT @ Tweaktown
– XFX GeForce 9600GT at TweakTown
– PNY Verto 9600 GT @ Legitreviews
– Twintech GeForce 9600GT XXT OC Edition
– Palit GeForce 9600GT at Benchmark Reviews
GeForce 8800 GTS
– Asus 8800GTS @ CDRInfo
Radeon HD 3870
– Sapphire HD 3870 @ Tweaktown
Radeon HD 3850 X2
– ASUS EAH3850 X2 @ ThinkComputers
XSReviews has reviewed XFX’s GeForce 9800 GX2 in Quad SLI.
Read the complete review HERE.
SLI has always been quite a troubled technology and since the Quad SLI setup is probably nVidia’s most ambitious venture in the dual GPU direction yet; it’s surprising it works as well as it does. While the performance in some of the tests really was very impressive, there were still some issues. Cost being the biggest factor, two of these are just too damn expensive. There’s also the memory issue, and the fact that the technology is Vista only is silly. Most gamers still use XP due to Vista’s game slow downs, so why make your top gaming technology Vista only?
By turning down the fan speed about 10%, a dual chip NVIDIA graphics card will get hot enough to fry an egg. The guys speed up the video while the pan was heating up – this took about 15 min.
Researchers at the University of Antwerp in Belgium have created a new supercomputer with standard gaming hardware. The system uses four NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, it costs less than 4000EUR to build and thanks to NVIDIA’s CUDA technology it delivers roughly the same performance as a supercomputer cluster consisting of hundreds of PCs!
The guys explain the eight NVIDIA GPUs deliver the same performance as more than 300 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz processors.
Another interesting note is that this system doesn’t need SLI, their application uses the NVIDIA CUDA programming model which makes all eight GPUs work in parallel.
“All of you knew from the very beginning that this NVIDIA product was the most powerful graphics card on GPUs from this manufacturer. Our tests have just proved it.
Besides, there is apparently a problem with drivers in the highest resolution (2560×1600), where the new card suddenly slowed down in some cases, even though it’s designed for high resolutions. It happens only in several tests, not in all of them, but it still spoils the impression a little.
In other respects, it’s certainly a new leader in gaming 3D Graphics. In performance. What concerns the performance-price ratio, it’s not that clear. Perhaps, the 3870 X2 will be more expedient, as its prices have gone down. It’s up to you to decide.
On the whole, this is quite a complex graphics card. It weighs over a kilogram and has large dimensions. So you should carefully consider all pros and cons before you buy this card. ”