Excerpt: Overall, to say I am impressed with XFX's tweaked version of the 9800GTX+ would be an understatement. It handles all the recent games with relative ease all while under very tough image quality and resolution settings and all for a price of around US$189. Couple in the fact that you get one or even two quality recent games with the package and you have a purchase that will perform right out of the box.
Conclusion: While it might not be the newest cutting edge GPU on the market the XFX 9800 GTX+ Black Edition still has some life in it. It held up in most of the testing we did well enough to satisfy your gaming needs in the current economic downturn. If you’re flush with cash or have enough cash to flush then there are better alternatives out there.
XFX GeForce 9800 GTX+ Black Edition 512MB video card review
8 November 2008
Conclusion: Taking a look at NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GTX+ (and by extension XFX's Black Edition take on this part) in isolation, what you have is a very solid piece of hardware in terms of both performance and functionality. I'm sure most of you reading this already know well what G92 is capable of, and its 55 nanometre G92b refresh brings a cooler, smaller and higher clocked part to the table which finds itself capable of powering most titles at 1920x1200 with some level of...
Conclusion: Reviewing the XFX 9800GTX presented us with a bit of a conundrum. If performance was our sole criteria this card would not have peaked the meter. While it performs on a par with the highest factory overclocked 8800GTS we have in our arsenal we’ll have to admit we were expecting better. We say this because the 9800GTX is supposed to fill the void between the 8800GTS 512MB and the 9800GX2 and from the results we’ve published we don’t see it filling that void.
Conclusion: The 9800GTX+ Black is a pretty impressive card for the rather modest fee of £160. On some of the tests, it pulls level with the 4870 x2 and beats it a couple of times on certain settings, which is excellent for a card that costs around half of what the 4870 does. It’s not the best looking card around but it’s ok and it’s pretty quiet; while it doesn’t stand out as anything ground breaking, it definitely ticks most of the boxes. Hell, you get a copy of Far Cry 2 as well.
Pros: Great bang for buck, Nice and quiet, Bundled game
Conclusion: Una cuestión curiosa, independiente al rendimiento obtenido “in-game” es que todos los juegos y Benchs que probamos se cargan de forma notoriamente más rápida en las tarjetas XFX con respecto a la ATI, en juegos como Company of Heroes el tiempo de carga que requiere para cargar un nivel es alrededor de 50% mayor al requerido por la GeForce 9800, en algunos juegos no es tan notoria la diferencia, pero en general ese es el comportamiento, quizás esto sólo sea un síntoma...
Summary: El sector denominado "mainstream" se encuentra sumamente favorecido con este producto de NVIDIA, ya que el hecho de haber migrado a 55nm trajo consigo mejoras en lo que a performance por watt respecta. Ahora bien, como notaron, las 9800GTX+ son lógicamente superiores a las "antiguas" GTX, y en casi todos los casos superiores a su rival directa la ATI HD4850.