Getting back to the main problem of this review which was voiced at the beginning, the conclusion about the positioning of the GeForce 9800 GTX in Nvidia’s single-chip solution line-up is obvious after we have seen the test results. And this conclusion is not in favor of the card. Compared with the performance, price, power consumption and even dimensions of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, the GeForce 9800 GTX makes little sense. There is a negligible difference between the two cards in terms of performance, often within the benchmark’s measurement error range (1-1.5%). And the GeForce 8800 GTS/512 is even faster occasionally due to its more aggressive memory timings.
So, this difference can hardly be worth $50-100 (according to the recommended prices). The power consumption of a system with a GeForce 9800 GTX is about 45W higher than with a GeForce 8800 GTS/512, and the former card is also too long to be installed into some system cases. The GeForce 9800 GTX might have a more substantial advantage over the GeForce 8800 GTS/512 if it had 1024 megabytes of local memory, but we guess this still wouldn’t justify the higher number in the model name.