GeForce 9800 GTX+ pixellated inside and out
It’s $229 price will place the 9800 GTX+ directly between the “more expensive” (we’ll see) HD 4870 (whenever that arrives – it completely depends on GDDR5 availability) and the HD 4850 at $199, although we expect AMD to drop the price of the HD 4850 in response to this.
The current 65nm 9800 GTX will also drop in price below the new 9800 GTX+ to $199, and so we expect the rest of the lower card SKUs like the 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GT and G94 based 9600 GT to also drop in price too! However, Nvidia wouldn’t confirm this with us yet. Since the 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GT have already reached end-of-life, and even the 9800 GTX is reported to have followed recently this doesn’t seem too far fetched as people already try to clear stock, just a short couple of months after it was launched.
We also asked if the 9600 GT will be ported to 55nm but Nvidia said it “hasn’t decided yet”.