Tie a green ribben 'round the 'ol oak tree. The 9800 GTX is here. Woo! Too bad it does not live up to its own name...
Now for some quotes!
A “new” product that comes to market is usually considerably better performing than its predecessor, at least in the high end GPU space. That is not the case here. There is more fancy “green” technology in this 9800 GTX, which is of course a step in the right direction, but it does not shift any performance paradigms...
...The 9800 GTX is a not an upgrade for the gamer already using an 8800 GTX. There are a few reasons that the 9800 GTX is a better product than the 8800 GTX, but gaming is not one of them. If you are a gamer and were hoping to upgrade, today is not the day if you already own pretty much any 8800 series card. Here’s hoping real next-gen technology will be seen in a “9900” series soon. Considering the funky cloud this is likely to leave over the “9X00” moniker, NVIDIA will likely be better off moving a different direction with the next GeForce branding as this launch is likely to taint that somewhat.
The 9800 GTX is disappointing to the enthusiast and certainly confusing to those that are not in a position to understand the svelte changes that lie under the heatspreader.
If you were looking towards the GeForce 9800 GTX as the card that drives single GPU performance forwards again, you're going to be sorely disappointed with this card. And to some extent, we are disappointed because this is the cost of no competition - something we hope will change soon.
When I first heard about the GeForce 9800 GTX, it felt like a nothing release for gamers and that's pretty much what it has proved to be - if you've already got a GeForce 8800 GTX or 8800 GTS 512, there's no need to consider this card at the moment. With that said, there's nothing wrong with the card itself - performance is good in isolation and comparable to what's out there when you take into account competition...
...It's the 1st April today, and Nvidia has delivered what might be the ultimate irony. The 9800 GTX is a card targeted at gamers, but sadly it's on that front where this card falls down - it's just not an upgrade for anyone that would consider buying it.
Granted this card is nothing new in terms of performance, and is surely bound to disappoint the ones that had high hopes and expected a new faster single GPU based flagship product. That's the only real distress we can think of, but yeah we are still at the same performance level as year and a half ago. Why am I positive about this product then? For one sole reason only ... the price.