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Archive for February 27th, 2021

Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra reviews

For those unaware, Nvidia's 790i Ultra chipset was simultaneously launched with the 9800 GX2. A few days following launch, we've now gathered all the reviews we can find of Nvidia's new beast. When compared to the relatively short-lived 780i, the 790i brings forth native PCIe 2.0 support (meaning a bridge chip isn't needed), support for DDR3 and 1600MHz FSB's, and of course overclocking potential is improved. So is it well equipped to face Intel's X48 chipset? Yes. But can it live up to expectations? Let's find out...

More quad-SLI numbers appear

With the 9800 GX2 already in patron's hands, and no quad-SLI drivers handy, things obviously aren't going all that great for Nvidia's driver team. Another performance preview using dual 9800 GX2's has just been published, and the results paint a pretty clear picture: quad-SLI performance isn't consistent, and is very dependant on certain games. One benchmark Nvidia will really need to get on top of is 3DMark 06, where a single 9800 GX2 outperformed two...

AMD to slash HD 3870 and 3850 prices, again

As a result of last month's 9600 GT launch, the HD 3870 and 3850's prices dropped to $185 and $150 respectively. Today, it seems that AMD hasn't stopped, as they're apparently going to slash the HD 3870's price to around $159, while the HD 3850 will dip to $145. If this is indeed true, the HD 3850 will be seen as a pointless purchase, as a $14 price gap misrepresents the performance differences. Considering the 9600 GT can be had for as little as $149, the HD 3870 will remain shadowed by Nvidia's mid-range segment.

Nvidia’s 9800 GT reviewed for the first time

Due to its value and performance, the 8800 GT remains one of the most common graphics cards owned today. It's successor, the 9800 GT, has been keeping quite a low profile amongst the 9-series talk. A Chinese site (via NordicHW) has now got their hands on a 9800 GT, though before we get to that, it's time for the hardware briefing. Clocked at 650MHz/1GHz, the 9800 GT has one shader cluster less than the other 9800 offerings, meaning 112 shaders. It also adds three-way SLI support - a feature many wished the 8800 GT had...

GeForce 9800 GTX pushed back to April 1st

According to VR-Zone, Nvidia has notified its partners that the 9800 GTX has been pushed back one week to April Fool's day. No reason is specified, though considering three-way SLI is the board's main attraction, Nvidia will want all the time they can get to polish the drivers and have a successful launch (unlike the 9800 GX2, who's quad-SLI drivers are missing in action). If the setback is true, the 9800 GT will most likely also be delayed from the intended April 3rd launch.

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