'GeForce 9800 GX2' pictured without its cooler

Last week, we spotted a picture of Nvidia's upcoming answer to the newly launched AMD Radeon HD 3870. The unreleased card, which the source dubbed GeForce 9800 GX2, was shown on its side revealing a port cluster that includes an S/PDIF optical audio port, a pair of DVI ports, and an HDMI port.

Another site, VR-Zone, has now posted some additional pictures of the card, finally lifting the cooler to give us a peek at the card's circuit board. The shots only show a single circuit board with a hole drilled through it (presumably for airflow) and a single cooler, although the 9800 GX2 is expected to be a dual-PCB product. Aside from the hole and the presence of an NP200-SLI-A2 chip—presumably an SLI bridge—the PCB doesn't look too different from that of Nvidia's existing GeForce 8800-series products.

Looking closer at the PCB reveals a G92 graphics processor—like the one in the GeForce 8800 GT and 8800 GTS 512MB—as well as eight Samsung memory chips stamped with a K4J52324QE-BJ1A model number. A quick look on Samsung's website reveals the chips are 512Mb GDDR3 models rated for operation at a top speed of 1000MHz (that's an "effective" 2000MHz with DDR clock doubling taken into account). There's also an SLI "golden finger" connector, which suggests that the GeForce 9800 GX2 may be able to function in a "Quad SLI" configuration like its predecessor, the GeForce 7950 GX2.

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