Galaxy GeForce 9800 GTX+
Not bad, but not great either.
- Native HDMI output, good value
- Mediocre DirectX 9 performance
Although the Galaxy GeForce 9800 GTX+ has a native HDMI output and is relatively good value, its DirectX 9 performance is not spectacular.
Price$ 339.00 (AUD)
The Galaxy GeForce 9800 GTX+ is a mid-range graphics card with an HDMI-output. It delivers a solid performance but fails to trump its ATI equivalent in terms of value or power.
One of the biggest differences between this GPU and the GeForce 9800 GTX (GV-NX98X512H-B) is the 55nm core (as opposed to the 65nm core found in the 9800 GTX), which slightly reduces power consumption and heat levels. The smaller core is equipped with 128 stream processors running at 1.83GHz and a 738MHz core clock speed.
As well has the HDMI-output the 9800 GTX+ has a single DVI port and an S-Video output. Buyers should note that the Galaxy can only handle HD video and not sound so users will have to manually connect a separate audio cable from a motherboard's onboard audio connection to the audio jumper on the graphics card.
A 256-bit bus and 512MB of GDDR3 memory running at a clock speed of 1100MHz (2.2GHz effective) result in a memory bandwidth of 70.4GBps.
However, the 9800 GTX+ faces stiff opposition not only from other NVIDIA-based cards but also its ATI equivalent — the slightly cheaper and less power-hungry ATI TOXIC HD 4850 (512MB GDDR3 PCI-E).
The 9800 GTX+'s faster core clock speed (738MHz compared to the ATI's 675MHz) should give the Galaxy an advantage in performance.
However, the Toxic draws less power and requires only one six-pin PCI-E power connector, instead of the two needed for the 9800 GTX+. The ATI is also smaller, $40 cheaper and occasionally superior in its performance.
In our benchmarks we noted good DirectX 10 performance, but the DX9 tests returned relatively lacklustre results. F.E.A.R. delivered an average rate of 87 frames per second, while Half Life 2 scored an average of 106.43fps. These scores are tame when compared to the Sapphire Toxic HD 4850's frame rates of 102fps and 176fps, respectively.
Fortunately the 9800GTX+ acquitted itself better when running newer DX10 benchmarks. Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions ran at 41fps while the Crysis demo managed a respectable 26.56fps.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Intel's Atom architecture to live on despite smartphone chip cancellations
- Samsung and Nvidia make peace by ending their patent lawsuits
- Corsair's K70 RGP Rapidfire features new gaming-focused Cherry MX switches
- Intel axes 12,000 jobs as it looks to break away from PCs
- The Asus ROG GT51CA has a weird ROG Band wearable that unlocks a hidden hard drive
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- CCSnr Technical System Engineer(IBM DB2/WebSphere)160419/STSE/vmtAsia
- CCSales Development Executive - Software SolutionsNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst - Digital/Financial ServicesNSW
- FTSenior Project Manager, SoftwareNSW
- CCContract Snr IT Assistant (IT Operation/UNIX) 160504/SITA/982Asia
- CCITIL Environment, Configuration, Release Manager- Banking/GovtNSW
- CCContract Programmer (JAVA/HTML/SQL) 160421/P/903Asia
- CCProject ManagerQLD
- CCSenior ICT Project OfficerACT
- CCSystem AnalystNSW
- CCOnline Shop Operations Consultant (eCommerce)VIC
- CCProduct SpecialistVIC
- CCSenior Implementation AnalystNSW
- CCSenior Project Manager, Technology Upgrade & RefreshNSW
- CCTest Analyst - Contact Centre TechnologiesVIC
- FTAGILE Training Manager/CoachNSW
- FTTechnical/Solutions ArchitectNSW
- CCAdobe Experience Manager AEM / CQ5 DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Agile Business AnalystVIC
- CCSales Development Executive - Flexible Working HoursNSW
- FTSystem EngineerACT
- CCProject ManagerVIC
- FTDigital Project ManagerVIC
- CCAccount Manager - Software Solutions - Global IT CompanyNSW