Nvidia's GeForce 9800 GTX+ appears at $199.99

— 11:04 AM on July 23, 2008

GeForce 9800 GTX graphics cards with the same specifications as the GTX+ model have been out for a while, but only now do we see products with the actual GTX+ label in stock at Newegg. The online retailer carries an eVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ for $199.99, about 30 bucks less than the official $229 price tag.

Nvidia announced the 9800 GTX+ on June 19 as a response to AMD's Radeon HD 4850, which hit stores at $199 the same day. The GTX+ moniker signals 738MHz core and 1836MHz shader clocks, up from the 675MHz core and 1688MHz shader speeds of the vanilla GTX. Also, we've gathered that the GTX+ features a 55nm shrink of the G92 GPU. The original, 65nm G92 powers not only the 9800 GTX, but also GeForce 8800 GT, 8800 GTS 512MB, and 9800 GX2 offerings.

When we benchmarked a 9800 GTX with GTX+ clocks alongside our Radeon HD 4850 late last month, we found the Radeon was generally faster. We're not surprised to see the GTX+ launch at $199.99, then, considering the cheapest 4850 on Newegg goes for just $174.99 shipped.

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