As predicted, Nvidia officially unleashed its GeForce 9800 GX2 this morning. The new graphics card features two G92 graphics processors on dual circuit boards, effectively making it a self-contained GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB SLI setup. On top of that, the 9800 GX2 has an SLI "golden finger" connector, allowing it to be used in Quad SLI configurations with four GPUs and an aggregate 2GB of memory. Hit our image gallery for pictures of the new card.
For those interested in the nitty-gritty side of things, the 9800 GX2's two GPUs are both clocked at 600MHz with 1500MHz shaders, and they're each paired with 512MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1000MHz (or an "effective" 2000MHz, considering GDDR3 memory's clock-doubling properties). Several flavors of the GeForce 9800 GX2 have already become available at Newegg. So far, we've spotted offerings from eVGA, XFX, BFG Tech, Zotac, and PNY:
|Model||Core clock||Mem. clock||RAM||Price|
|BFG Tech BFGE981024GX2E||600MHz||1000MHz||1GB||$599.99|
All five models have the same specs, and they're all priced at $599.99, making them a little more expensive than dual GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cards. However, the quad-SLI capability and smaller form factor might sway some buyers into paying extra for the 9800 GX2.
Stay tuned for a full review of this new behemoth.