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Overclocked GeForce 9800 GTX Graphics Card

On the example of cards from BFG and Zotac.

May 19, 2008

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We monitored temperatures using RivaTuner (written by A.Nikolaychuk AKA Unwinder). Here are the results (as both cards are copies of the reference design operating at the same frequencies, we'll publish common results):

Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX AMP! Edition 512MB, BFG GeForce 9800 GTX OCX 512MB

As we can see, both cooling systems have proved again their efficiency, even though both cards operate at increased frequencies. There is almost no noise.


The basic bundle must include the following items: User's Manual, CD with drivers and utilities, DVI-to-VGA and DVI-to-HMDI adapters, CrossFire bridge, component output (TV-Out) adapter, an external power splitter, and an audio cable to plug to a sound card (for audio HDMI feature). And now let's see what other accessories are bundled with each card.

BFG GeForce 9800 GTX OCX 512MB PCI-E
It's a basic bundle, no bonuses.
Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX AMP! Edition 512MB PCI-E
It's the basic bundle again plus the LOST game.


BFG GeForce 9800 GTX OCX 512MB PCI-E

Cables are just thrown into the box, so they will fall out when you open the package. But the card itself is packed tight into a special compartment to avoid dangling in transit.

This card has come in a technological package. In fact, the box will have a different design, you can see it on the manufacturer's web site. In brief, it does not differ much from the previous design.

Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX AMP! Edition 512MB PCI-E

The box is designed in traditional orange palette of Zotac. There is no window to show the card. The box itself is made of thick cardboard. All bundled components are arranged into compartments inside. The card itself is inside a foamed polyurethane box for protection in transit.

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