Nvidia Releases 9800GTX Graphics Processor For The Mainstream

Santa Clara (CA) - With the new GTX200 series out the gate, Nvidia is ready to transition its 9800 GPU family into more affordable price regions. Nvidia claims that the new card will beat its direct competitor, AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 4850 in popular game and physics benchmarks.

All signs are pointing towards a price war in the mainstream segment around $200 between AMD/ATI and Nvidia. Following previous information that the Radeon HD 4850 will debut in the $200 - $230 price segment later this month, Nvidia today announced that it is dropping the recommended price for its 9800 GTX design to $199 and introduce a new 9800 GTX+ version with 512 MB of GDDR3 memory, also based on the G92 core, for $229.

The new GPU comes with a core clock of 1836 MHz and a memory clock of 738 MHz. Nvidia highlighted that physics support (based on Ageia’s original PhysX engine that has been integrated into CUDA) is supported by both the 9800 GTX and GTX+ through the driver version 177.39. With PhysX enabled, Nvidia claims that the physics simulation in the 3D Mark Vantage benchmark gains about 7.5x in performance and provides more than six times the performance of AMD’s Radeon 4850.

The company also claims to have an advantage in overall gaming performance in Crysis, Call of Duty 4, world in Conflict, ET : Quake Wars, Oblivion, Lost Planet, Half-Life 2 : Episode 2 and Stalker.

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  • Uhlmann
    Why don't they release a card with 764 MB or even 1 Gig of memory, is it the architecture? Most of the problems with performance with the 9800GTX and 9800GX2 stem from a lack of memory!
  • Panther_V
    Nvidia marketing on damage controls. leaking rumors of their plans to combat 4850.
    A $200 4850 destroys the 9800GTX when using higher res and high AA, especially 8xAA. 9800GTX+ is a just another nvidia marketing stunt to stop people buying the 4850. 9800GTX should be priced at $150 to make it competitive.

    A driver that magically improves 9800GTX performance by 30% as soon as ATI launch 4850.

    A 9800GTX+ will not close the performance gap because the gap can't be closed unless some architectural change is done. a 60Mhz overclocked 9800GTX is just a marketing stunt to confuse people.

    9800GTX gets destroyed when you use 8xAA with 4850.

    Unreal Tournament 3 1600x1200 8xAA/16xAF:
    GT 280 : 72
    HD4850 : 63
    9800GTX : 34

    FEAR 1600x1200 8xAA/16xAF:
    GT 280 : 93
    HD4850 : 60
    9800GTX : 49

    Company of heroes 1600x1200 8xAA/16xAF
    GT 280 : 66
    HD4850 : 42
    9800GTX : 35

    Call of Juarez 1600x1200 8xAA/16xAF
    GT 280 : 24
    HD4850 : 17
    9800GTX : 6

    Clive Barker's Jericho 1600x1200 8xAA/16xAF:
    GT 280 : 26
    HD4850 : 28
    9800GTX : 7

    Lost planet 1600x1200 8xAA/16xAF:
    GT 280 : 45
    HD4850 : 29
    9800GTX : 24
  • Flakes
    its not magic its physics processing, and that is tested in vantage that is were the increase comes in, its not an increase in performance, but an increase in physics.

    from all the benchmarks i have seen there is only about a max of 5fps difference between the 9800GTX and the 4850, and the games mentioned here are the ones that the 9800GTX comes out on top... there are a few games with a bigger difference like FEAR and GRID. a 9800GTX with more memory will undoubtedly be slightly faster than the 4850, however i have no doubt that the 4870 will be faster again.

    one more thing to note Nvidia cards from the G80 and up will be can use the CUDA extension so all of us with a G80 and up will receive basically a free AGEIA phsyx card integrated into our GFX cards. Which will give the Nvidia cards an advantage in a benchmark such as vantage.