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Conclusion

Our tests of two Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics cards show that the G92 architecture will not leave the battlefield without a fight. However, it cannot achieve an overwhelming advantage over the Radeon HD 4850 as our summary diagrams show.

At a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels the G92 enjoys a serious advantage, over 15%, in six out of the 17 tests. In two tests the Palit cards were far slower than their opponent. The overclocking gain varied from 1 to 10%, the average gain being 4.3%. Thus, overclocking such cards is an unrewarding business unless you want to set a new record in 3DMark.

At a resolution of 1680x1050 pixels, Nvidia is superior in five tests but the average overclocking gain is now about 6%.

It is the 1920x1200 results that are indicative of the decline of the G92 era. The Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ are more than 15% faster than the Radeon HD 4850 in two tests only, namely in Half-Life 2: Episode Two and Tomb Raider: Legend, but lose in four tests (Call of Duty 4, The Witcher, Spore and World in Conflict). The average overclocking gain is 8.5%, which doesn’t give any edge to the G92-based solutions.

The two versions of Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ are good products if you don’t mind their outdated architecture. The version with a nonstandard PCB design is preferable. It is smaller and has better cooling and requires somewhat less power. Moreover, this version may prove to be cheaper due to its simpler design. Its lower overclockability is its only drawback, but you can’t expect substantial benefits from overclocking such cards anyway unless you use some extreme overclocking methods. Such overclocking just adds a few frames per second in Fraps and other benchmarks but cannot be felt during actual play.

So, if you want to buy a GeForce 9800 GTX+, the Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ with nonstandard PCB can be a good choice. The reference version of GeForce 9800 GTX+ should only be bought for serious overclocking.

Summary for Palit GeForce 9800GTX+ (reference PCB design)

Highs:

  • High performance for its price range
  • In some cases outperforms ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes
  • Minimal influence of FSAA on performance
  • Hardware HD video decoding
  • S/PDIF sound over HDMI
  • Low power consumption
  • Low noise
  • Good overclocking potential

Lows:

  • Outdated architecture
  • No DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support
  • Incomplete support of VC-1 decoding
  • No integrated sound core
  • No software HD video player in the bundle
  • Large size

Summary for Palit GeForce 9800GTX+ (Palit’s proprietary PCB design)

Highs:

  • High performance for its price range
  • In some cases outperforms ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes
  • Minimal influence of FSAA on performance
  • Hardware HD video decoding
  • S/PDIF sound over HDMI
  • Low power consumption
  • Low noise
  • Compact size

Lows:

  • Outdated architecture
  • No DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support
  • Incomplete support of VC-1 decoding
  • No integrated sound core
  • Modest overclocking potential
  • No software HD video player in the bundle
 
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