GeForce 9800 GX2 pre-eminence is finally upon us
Exploring this further (at the highest resolutions tested), we find that the 9800 GX2 ($599) outperfoms the HD 3870 X2 ($430) by 32 FPS in Call Of Duty 4, 12 FPS in World in Conflict, 17 FPS in Supreme Commander and 12 FPS in Bioshock, as Bit-Tech have learned. In comparison to dual 8800 GTS 512MB’s in SLI (~$500), the 9800 GX2 trails by 11 FPS in COD4, leads by 2 FPS in World in Conflict, and trails by 2 FPS in Oblivion.
Overall then, if you’re after the fastest single card solution on the market, the GeForce 9800 GX2 is it and if you don’t have an nForce motherboard, it’s currently the only way to enable SLI technology on other motherboards and could quite possibly be the fastest graphics solution in that situation as well, given some of the performance differences between the GeForce 9800 GX2 and the Radeon HD 3870 X2.
If you do have an nForce motherboard and aren’t likely to suffer from the documented heat problems, there are options available for less money that deliver similar performance in most scenarios, but the GeForce 9800 GX2 isn’t really about delivering value for money. What it is about is delivering the fastest graphics card on the market and, in that respect it delivers. And what’s more, Nvidia will soon release a driver to enable Quad SLI on a pair of GeForce 9800 GX2s to potentially deliver more performance than three GeForce 8800 GTX/Ultra cards ? we just hope Quad SLI is better than it was last time.