Dual-GPU GeForce 9800 GX2 pictured, benchmarked

If you've been paying attention to PC hardware rumors lately, you probably know about Nvidia's upcoming dual-GPU graphics card. We first heard about the rumored product in November, and the scoop was that it was due to come out this year. Well, quite a bit of information has leaked out since then, and the folks at TweakTown have come upon both pictures and benchmarks of the upcoming card, currently known as the GeForce 9800 GX2.

The pictures originate from a Chinese forum, and TweakTown has relayed one of them (the rest require users to register a Chiphell forum account to be viewed). The shot shows the card's array of connectors, which includes two DVI ports, one HDMI port, and what looks like an S/PDIF optical audio port. It's not yet clear whether this port is an output or an input designed to take in audio from a sound card so it can be sent through the HDMI port, though.

Moving on to the benchmarks, those can be viewed by heading over to the VR-Zone forums. The member who posted the data doesn't guarantee its accuracy, but it's a fun read nonetheless: in the benchmarks, the 9800 GX2's performance typically lies between that of a single GeForce 8800 Ultra and dual GeForce 8800 GTs. Considering the 9800 GX2 is said to be powered by a pair of the same G92 GPUs that are in the 8800 GT, those numbers seem plausible. Of course, even if they're genuine, TweakTown says Nvidia has another month to optimize its drivers before it launches the card.

Update: TR reader ucisilentbob points out that the aforementioned benchmarks are actually a "simulation" of GeForce 9800 GX2 performance. In actuality, they're numbers for a pair of underclocked GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cards in SLI mode. Apologies for the confusion.

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