The card uses a 12-layer PCB, all the main components residing on the top side:
At the left part of the card there is a LED reporting the card’s status.
The power section incorporates a lot of components, some of which contact with the cooler through soaked thermal pads.
This G92, a 65nm revision A2 chip, was manufactured on Taiwan during the third week of 2008.
The GPU’s ROPs are clocked at 675MHz. The frequency complies with the GeForce 9800 GTX specs in both 3D and 2D modes, being a mere 25MHz higher than the frequency of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB. The shader domain is clocked at 1688MHz, complying with the specs, too. The GPU incorporates 64 unified shader processors and 16 texture modules. The die measures 330 sq. cm. There is no protective frame on the core.
Eight GDDR3 chips are placed in a semicircle around the GPU. The Chaintech GeForce 9800 GTX comes with Samsung’s 0.83ns memory with a rated frequency of 2400MHz.
The chips are marked as K4J52324QE-BJ08. The real memory frequency is only 2200MHz (256MHz higher than that of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB). With a 256-bit memory bus, this ensures a memory bandwidth of 70.4GBps. The GeForce 9800 GTX carries a total of 512 megabytes of memory. Alas, Nvidia did not equip its ex-flagship with 1024 megabytes of memory, obviously to reduce the cost of the new card.
So, the Chaintech GeForce 9800 GTX has the same characteristics as the reference sample: